Category Archives: Undergraduate Medical Education

Is Going To Medical School Depressing?

Depression: Yes, for many of us.  Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 medical students in year 1 and year 4 with surveys including validated scales for depression, stress, coping methods, and social support.  Predictors of depression in year 4 were found via multivariate … Continue reading

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How Long Should That Clerkship Be?

Clerkship: It looks like we have no idea.  Researchers looked at a “natural experiment” in clerkship length during a curriculum change at the University of Michigan Medical School.  During this transition, all clerkship lengths were decreased by 25%.  For example … Continue reading

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Can Doctors Be Taught To Deliver Bad News?

Communication: Yes, is the short answer given in this meta-analysis of 17 studies evaluating interventions to “improve the communication of bad or difficult news”.  Most interventions were fairly brief stand-alone interventions involving simulation or role-play; the SPIKES model was the … Continue reading

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Hooray For The New CMS Rules On Student Notes!

Electronic Medical Records: This is not a study, but definitely required reading for anyone in the US who deals with medical students or electronic medical records.  The prior US billing regulations “inadvertently hampered medical education and increased the administrative and regulatory burden … Continue reading

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Be Wary Even Of Validated Surveys

Surveys: This is required reading for faculty planning to engage in survey research or to use a published survey.  The authors analyzed publications in three major health education journals which described 37 separate self-administered surveys.  The vast majority (94.6%) of … Continue reading

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Financially Disadvantaged Students May Be Further Disadvantaged For Medical School Admission By Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs)

Admissions: Five California public medical schools collaborated in this observational comparison of medical school admissions interview structure.  Three of the schools utilized traditional interviews (TIs) of about 30 minutes each and two utilized MMIs.  For both types of interviews, older age … Continue reading

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The Feedback On Feedback Isn’t So Encouraging 

Feedback: In follow-up to an earlier scoping review on feedback, concluding that we have mostly poor-quality data on the subject, the authors focused on 51 articles describing “the substance and setting of the feedback given” to health sciences learners, mostly medical … Continue reading

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