Category Archives: Undergraduate Medical Education

When The Monday Before Match Day Is Not A Happy Day

Match: No research, and only a smattering of data, but this article is required reading for faculty counseling graduating MD students from the US with difficulty matching into residency.  A sizable percentage (6.2%) of US seniors did not gain a position during the 2016 primary Match; nearly half … Continue reading

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Don’t Know Much About….Feedback

Feedback: This scoping review which describes what has been published in English regarding feedback to healthcare learners will be of interest mostly to researchers and those looking for a comprehensive view of the field.  The bulk of publications were from English-speaking countries … Continue reading

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Faculty Development For Community-Based Faculty

Faculty Development: In this survey of North American family medicine clerkship directors, researchers focused on the use of community-based preceptors and how they are developed and rewarded. Sixty-nine percent of schools reported heavy reliance on community-based preceptors for their family … Continue reading

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Updates From the EPA Pilot Schools

Entrustable Professional Activities: Ten US medical schools were chosen to work on pilot projects related to teaching and assessing the 13 proposed entrustable professional activities (EPAs) for graduation from medical school.  These reports document a lot of thought about how to … Continue reading

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Are Clerkship Clinical Grades Fair? (or, “I Want That Male Intern To Evaluate Me.”)

Grading: The authors investigated the influence of student and evaluator demographics on the summary clinical grades given to 155 clerkship students at one medical school.  The possible grades were “exceptional”, “above expectations”, “meets expectations”, and “below expectations”.  Newcomers to student … Continue reading

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Warning About Predatory Publishers 

Publishing: These rapidly-proliferating publishers are probably preying on your residents and your faculty, given that “publish or perish” has worked its way into fellowship applications as well as academic promotions.  Predatory publishers are defined as those providing “rapid and loose reviews leading … Continue reading

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What Behaviors Could Increase The Chances Of U.S. Senior Medical Students To Match Into Residency Programs? 

Match: This analysis of the National Resident Matching Program Applicant Survey responses of senior medical students in US allopathic medical schools (“U.S. seniors”) compares survey responses from students who matched into a residency program vs. those who did not, and contains … Continue reading

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