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Assessment and evaluation of admissions, knowledge, skills and attitudes

Section edited by Tim Wilkinson and Danette McKinley


This section considers manuscripts that investigate issues in assessment and evaluation with a focus on medical school admissions and the assessment and evaluation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in medical students.

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  1. Selection into medical school is highly competitive with more applicants than places. Little is known about the preparation that applicants undertake for this high stakes process. The study aims to determine w...

    Authors: Caroline O Laurence, Ian T Zajac, Michelle Lorimer, Deborah A Turnbull and Karen E Sumner

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:159

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the most contagious blood borne pathogen. The risk of occupational exposure to HBV among health care workers is a major concern, especially medical trainees. In this study we describ...

    Authors: Jean Jacques N Noubiap, Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Karen K Kengne, Shalom Tchokfe Ndoula and Lucy A Agyingi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:148

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Yearly formative knowledge testing (also known as progress testing) was shown to have a limited construct-validity and reliability in postgraduate medical education. One way to improve construct-validity and r...

    Authors: Marja GK Dijksterhuis, Izabela Jozwiak, Didi DM Braat and Fedde Scheele

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:147

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Limited information is available regarding sleep medicine education worldwide. Nevertheless, medical education has been blamed for the under-recognition of sleep disorders among physicians. This study was desi...

    Authors: Abdulellah Almohaya, Abdulaziz Qrmli, Naeif Almagal, Khaled Alamri, Salman Bahammam, Mashhour Al-Enizi, Atif Alanazi, Aljohara S Almeneessier, Munir M Sharif and Ahmed S BaHammam

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:133

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In recent years in China, the tense physician-patient relationship has been an outstanding problem. Empathy is one of the fundamental factors enhancing the therapeutic effects of physician-patient relationship...

    Authors: Deliang Wen, Xiaodan Ma, Honghe Li, Zhifei Liu, Bensong Xian and Yang Liu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:130

    Content type: Research article

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  6. In recent years, Australia has developed a National Junior Doctor Curriculum Framework that sets out the expected standards and describes areas of performance for junior doctors and through this has allowed a ...

    Authors: Sandra E Carr, Antonio Celenza and Fiona Lake

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:129

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Effective teaching in medicine is essential to produce good quality doctors. A number of studies have attempted to identify the characteristics of an effective teacher. However, most of literature regarding an...

    Authors: Simerjit Singh, Dinker R Pai, Nirmal K Sinha, Avneet Kaur, Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe and Ankur Barua

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:128

    Content type: Research article

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  8. In competency-based medical education emphasis has shifted towards outcomes, capabilities, and learner-centeredness. Together with a focus on sustained evidence of professional competence this calls for new me...

    Authors: Harold GJ Bok, Pim W Teunissen, Robert P Favier, Nancy J Rietbroek, Lars FH Theyse, Harold Brommer, Jan CM Haarhuis, Peter van Beukelen, Cees PM van der Vleuten and Debbie ADC Jaarsma

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:123

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Medical students’ attitudes and beliefs about homeless people may be shaped by the attitudes of their teachers and one of the most common sites for learning about homeless patients is the emergency department....

    Authors: Alison G Fine, Tony Zhang and Stephen W Hwang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:112

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Peer physical examination (PPE) is a method of training in medical and osteopathic curricula. The aim of this study was to compare the acceptability of PPE in two classes of medical and osteopathic students af...

    Authors: Fabrizio Consorti, Rosaria Mancuso, Annalisa Piccolo, Giacomo Consorti and Joseph Zurlo

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:111

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The overuse of laboratory tests and radiology imaging and their possible hazards to patients and the health care system is observed with growing concern in the medical community. With this study the authors wi...

    Authors: Sigrid Harendza, Lonneke Alofs, Jorike Huiskes and Marjo Wijnen-Meijer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:109

    Content type: Research article

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  12. New graduates report intense stress during the transition from school to their first work settings. Managing this transition is important to reduce turnover rates. This study compared the effects of an externs...

    Authors: Chien-Ning Tseng, Chia-Ju Hsieh, Kee-Hsin Chen and Meei-Fang Lou

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:108

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Bias of clinical examiners against some types of candidate, based on characteristics such as sex or ethnicity, would represent a threat to the validity of an examination, since sex or ethnicity are ‘construct-...

    Authors: I C McManus, Andrew T Elder and Jane Dacre

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:103

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Since 2007 a portfolio of learning has become a requirement for assessment of postgraduate family medicine training by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. A uniform portfolio of learning has been develop...

    Authors: Louis Jenkins, Bob Mash and Anselme Derese

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:101

    Content type: Research article

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  15. It is not known whether the characteristics of a good clinical teacher as perceived by resident physicians are the same in Western countries as in non-Western countries including Japan. The objective of this s...

    Authors: Makoto Kikukawa, Hiromi Nabeta, Maiko Ono, Sei Emura, Yasutomo Oda, Shunzo Koizumi and Takanobu Sakemi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:100

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Influenza vaccination coverage in medical students is usually low. Unlike health care workers, there is little information on the attitudes to and predictors of vaccination among medical students, and their at...

    Authors: Guillermo Mena, Anna Llupià, Alberto L García-Basteiro, Victor-Guillermo Sequera, Marta Aldea, José María Bayas and Antoni Trilla

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:99

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Standardized doctor’s orders are replacing traditional order writing in teaching hospitals. The impact of this shift in practice on medical education is unknown. It is possible that preprinted orders interfere...

    Authors: Yuna Lee, Ophyr Mourad, Daniel Panisko, Robert Sargeant and Rodrigo B Cavalcanti

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:97

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Links between the demanding nature of studies in the health sciences, students’ personality traits and psychological distress have been well-established. While considerable amount of work has been done in medi...

    Authors: Kimon Divaris, Ana Cristina Mafla, Laura Villa-Torres, Marisol Sánchez-Molina, Clara Liliana Gallego-Gómez, Luis Fernando Vélez-Jaramillo, Julián Andrés Tamayo-Cardona, David Pérez-Cepeda, Martha Ligia Vergara-Mercado, Miguel Ángel Simancas-Pallares and Argy Polychronopoulou

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:91

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Writing exam questions can be a valuable learning tool. We asked students to construct multiple choice questions for curricular exams in Internal Medicine. The questions for the particular exams were chosen fr...

    Authors: Alexander Jobs, Christoph Twesten, Anna Göbel, Hendrik Bonnemeier, Hendrik Lehnert and Gunther Weitz

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:89

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Students enter the medical study with internally generated motives like genuine interest (intrinsic motivation) and/or externally generated motives like parental pressure or desire for status or prestige (cont...

    Authors: Rashmi A Kusurkar, Gerda Croiset, Francisca Galindo-Garré and Olle Ten Cate

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:87

    Content type: Research article

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  21. There has been considerable interest in Emotional Intelligence (EI) in undergraduate medical education, with respect to student selection and admissions, health and well-being and academic performance. EI is a...

    Authors: Keiko Abe, Phillip Evans, Elizabeth J Austin, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Kazuhiko Fujisaki, Masayuki Niwa and Muneyoshi Aomatsu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:82

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Clinical skills tests have been added to the national medical licensure examinations in Canada, the U.S., Korea and Switzerland. Adding a clinical skills test to the Japanese national medical licensure examina...

    Authors: Junji Otaki, Shizuko Nagata-Kobayashi, Ayumi Takayashiki, Maiko Ono, Motoharu Fukushi and Shinji Matsumura

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:74

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Graduating Internal Medicine residents must possess sufficient skills to perform a variety of medical procedures. Little is known about resident experiences of acquiring procedural skills proficiency, of pract...

    Authors: Claire Touchie, Susan Humphrey-Murto and Lara Varpio

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:69

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Internationally, tests of general mental ability are used in the selection of medical students. Examples include the Medical College Admission Test, Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test an...

    Authors: Maureen E Kelly, Daniel Regan, Fidelma Dunne, Patrick Henn, John Newell and Siun O’Flynn

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:68

    Content type: Research article

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  25. History taking and empathetic communication are two important aspects in successful physician-patient interaction. Gathering important information from the patient’s medical history is needed for effective cli...

    Authors: Friedemann Ohm, Daniela Vogel, Susanne Sehner, Marjo Wijnen-Meijer and Sigrid Harendza

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:67

    Content type: Research article

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  26. We evaluated a newly designed electronic portfolio (e-Portfolio) that provided quantitative evaluation of surgical skills. Medical students at the University of Seville used the e-Portfolio on a voluntary basi...

    Authors: Serafín Sánchez Gómez, Elisa María Cabot Ostos, Juan Manuel Maza Solano and Tomás Francisco Herrero Salado

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:65

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Health science education faces numerous challenges: assimilation of knowledge, management of increasing numbers of learners or changes in educational models and methodologies. With the emergence of e-learning,...

    Authors: Georges Bediang, Beat Stoll, Antoine Geissbuhler, Axel M Klohn, Astrid Stuckelberger, Samuel Nko’o and Philippe Chastonay

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:57

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The accuracy of self-assessment has been questioned in studies comparing physicians’ self-assessments to observed assessments; however, none of these studies used self-efficacy as a method for self-assessment.

    Authors: Jette Ammentorp, Janus Laust Thomsen, Dorte Ejg Jarbøl, René Holst, Anne Lindebo Holm Øvrehus and Poul-Erik Kofoed

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:49

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Competence in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is unrelated to traditional measures of TTE competence, such as duration of training and number of examinations performed. This study aims to explore aspects ...

    Authors: Dorte Guldbrand Nielsen, Ole Gotzsche and Berit Eika

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:47

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Research on emotional intelligence (EI) suggests that it is associated with more pro-social behavior, better academic performance and improved empathy towards patients. In medical education and clinical practi...

    Authors: Boon How Chew, Azhar Md Zain and Faezah Hassan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:44

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Educational institutions play an important role in encouraging student engagement, being necessary to know how engaged are students at university and if this factor is involved in student success point and fol...

    Authors: Maria J Casuso-Holgado, Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas, Noelia Moreno-Morales, Maria T Labajos-Manzanares, Francisco J Barón-López and Manuel Vega-Cuesta

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:33

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Medical knowledge encompasses both conceptual (facts or “what” information) and procedural knowledge (“how” and “why” information). Conceptual knowledge is known to be an essential prerequisite for clinical pr...

    Authors: Ralf Schmidmaier, Stephan Eiber, Rene Ebersbach, Miriam Schiller, Inga Hege, Matthias Holzer and Martin R Fischer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:28

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Nursing educators need rigorously developed instruments to assess competency in evidence based practice (EBP) at undergraduate level. This concept is defined as the capability to choose and use an integrated c...

    Authors: Maria Ruzafa-Martinez, Lidon Lopez-Iborra, Teresa Moreno-Casbas and Manuel Madrigal-Torres

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:19

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the relationship between American College of Radiology (ACR) in-training examination scores and performance on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (R...

    Authors: Trent H Orton and Matthew McInnes

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:17

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Informed consent talks are mandatory before invasive interventions. However, the patients’ information recall has been shown to be rather poor. We investigated, whether medical laypersons recalled more informa...

    Authors: Anne Werner, Friederike Holderried, Norbert Schäffeler, Peter Weyrich, Reimer Riessen, Stephan Zipfel and Nora Celebi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:15

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Medical school attrition is important - securing a place in medical school is difficult and a high attrition rate can affect the academic reputation of a medical school and staff morale. More important, howeve...

    Authors: Bridget M Maher, Helen Hynes, Catherine Sweeney, Ali S Khashan, Margaret O’Rourke, Kieran Doran, Anne Harris and Siun O’ Flynn

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:13

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has been widely applied as a high-stakes examination for assessing physicians’ clinical competency. In 1992, OSCE was first introduced in Taiwan, and the au...

    Authors: Chi-Wei Lin, Tsuen-Chiuan Tsai, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Der-Fang Chen and Keh-Min Liu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:8

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Observation of the performance of medical students in the clinical environment is a key part of assessment and learning. To date, few authors have examined written comments provided to students and considered ...

    Authors: Jonathan Samuel White and Nishan Sharma

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:123

    Content type: Research article

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  39. This study aims to determine the correlation between medical education systems, medical college (MC) and medical school (MS), and empathy by investigating the changes in empathy among students with each additi...

    Authors: Minha Hong, Won Hye Lee, Jae Hyun Park, Tai Young Yoon, Duk Soo Moon, Sang Min Lee and Geon Ho Bahn

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:122

    Content type: Research article

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  40. E-learning is a common and popular mode of educational delivery, but little is known about its effectiveness in teaching practical skills. The aim of this study was to determine whether the Physiotherapy eSkills ...

    Authors: Elisabeth Preston, Louise Ada, Catherine M Dean, Rosalyn Stanton, Gordon Waddington and Colleen Canning

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:119

    Content type: Research article

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2018 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.870 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.317 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.358 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.802 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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