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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. Empathy has long been recognized as a fundamental part of the professionalism of doctors and is considered to be both necessary and beneficial to doctor-patient relationships, although empathy is notoriously d...

    Authors: Johanna von Knorring, Olof Semb, Martin Fahlström and Arja Lehti

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:333

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals experience higher rates of health disparities. These disparities may be driven, in part, by biases of medical providers encountered in he...

    Authors: Matthew Morris, Robert Lyle Cooper, Aramandla Ramesh, Mohammad Tabatabai, Thomas A. Arcury, Marybeth Shinn, Wansoo Im, Paul Juarez and Patricia Matthews-Juarez

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:325

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Practice placements in occupational therapy are fundamental components in developing a student’s professional identity. Various models of placements are available to expose and expand students’ participation i...

    Authors: Anat Golos and Esti Tekuzener

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:324

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Peer evaluation can provide valuable feedback to medical students, and increase student confidence and quality of work. The objective of this systematic review was to examine the utilization, effectiveness, an...

    Authors: Sarah Lerchenfeldt, Misa Mi and Marty Eng

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:321

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The concept of EPAs is increasingly applied to assess trainees’ workplace performance by means of entrustment ratings. OSCEs assess performance in a simulated setting, and it is unclear whether entrustment rat...

    Authors: Ylva Holzhausen, Asja Maaz, Maren März, Victoria Sehy and Harm Peters

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:319

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Difficult surgical procedures may result in a higher mental workload, leading to increased fatigue and subsequent errors. This study was aimed to investigate the effect of repeated simulation training in urete...

    Authors: Takashige Abe, Faizan Dar, Passakorn Amnattrakul, Abdullatif Aydin, Nicholas Raison, Nobuo Shinohara, Muhammad Shamim Khan, Kamran Ahmed and Prokar Dasgupta

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:318

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Prior evidence suggests that medical students’ mental health is poor and deteriorates during the course of academic studies. This qualitative study therefore aims to improve our understanding of medical studen...

    Authors: Jeannette Weber, Stefanie Skodda, Thomas Muth, Peter Angerer and Adrian Loerbroks

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:312

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Trust is a critical component of competency committees given their high-stakes decisions. Research from outside of medicine on group trust has not focused on trust in group decisions, and “group trust” has not...

    Authors: Jason E. Sapp, Dario M. Torre, Kelsey L. Larsen, Eric S. Holmboe and Steven J. Durning

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:309

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Professional identity is critical to the safe and effective clinical practice of all health professions. University programs play an important role in the formation of professional identity of students, and so...

    Authors: Jordan Matthews, Andrea Bialocerkowski and Matthew Molineux

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:308

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Research examining the effects of academic interest on students learning achievement across various disciplines, especially a comparison of the effects of academic interest between medical sciences and other d...

    Authors: Hongbin Wu, Juan Zheng, Shan Li and Jianru Guo

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:301

    Content type: Research article

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  11. There is a dearth of published literature that demonstrates the impact of a Guide to Reading Biomedical English Literature course on new Chinese medical postgraduates. Keeping this gap in mind, the objectives ...

    Authors: Zhipeng Xu, Jingfan Qiu, Bingya Yang, Peng Huang, Lei Cai, Lin Chen, Min Hou, Minjun Ji and Guanling Wu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:295

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Providing appropriate levels of autonomy to resident physicians is an important facet of graduate medical education, allowing learners to progress toward the ultimate goal of independent practice. While studie...

    Authors: Cameron Crockett, Charuta Joshi, Marcy Rosenbaum and Manish Suneja

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:293

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Professional identities are influenced by experiences in the clinical workplace including socialisation processes that may be hidden from academic faculty and potentially divergent from formal curricula. With ...

    Authors: Kathleen E. Leedham-Green, Alec Knight and Rick Iedema

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:287

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Recent years have witnessed the wide application of team-based learning(TBL) pedagogy in Chinese pharmacy education. However, the relevant systematic review evaluating the effects of such new pedagogical appro...

    Authors: Bingchen Lang, Lingli Zhang, Yunzhu Lin, Lu Han, Chuan Zhang and Yantao Liu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:286

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Computer and paper examinations in our days are constructed from an item pool which is regularly updated. Given the way that exams are created, one of the major concerns is the security of the items that are b...

    Authors: Milton Severo, Fernanda Silva-Pereira, Maria Amelia Ferreira, Magda Monteiro and Isabel Pereira

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:284

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Early identification of patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) could facilitate the care of patients with suspected heart failure (HF). We examined if (1) focused cardiac ultrasound (F...

    Authors: G. Nilsson, L. Söderström, K. Alverlind, E. Samuelsson and T. Mooe

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:282

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Modern nursing requires a broad set of academic and practical skills, and an effective nurse must integrate these skills in a wide range of healthcare contexts. Cultivation of core competencies has recently be...

    Authors: Yueh-Ping Liu, Dana Jensen, Cho-yu Chan, Chung-jen Wei, Yuanmay Chang, Chih-Hsiung Wu and Chiung-hsuan Chiu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:270

    Content type: Research article

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  18. This study evaluated students’ perceptions of their self-confidence regarding aspects of their undergraduate oral and maxillofacial surgical training. It further aimed to develop a reliable Turkish version of ...

    Authors: Fatih Cabbar, Muammer Çağrı Burdurlu, Ceyda Ozcakir Tomruk, Begum Bank and Berkem Atalay

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:265

    Content type: Research article

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  19. In 1997 the “Wessex Research Network (WReN) Spider” was developed and validated to assess the research experience of general practice based researchers. This bibliometric study traces the use and development o...

    Authors: Lidia Luna Puerta, Christian Apfelbacher and Helen Smith

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:255

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Investment in research is high on the agenda of many countries in recognition of the fact that research is important for the development of society. Doctoral students have a vital role and represent a substant...

    Authors: Lena Ljungkrona Falk, Hanna Augustin, Kjell Torén and Maria Magnusson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:250

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Sociodemographic subgroup differences in multiple mini-interview (MMI) performance have been extensively studied within the MMI research literature, but heterogeneous findings demand a closer look at how speci...

    Authors: Mirjana Knorr, Hubertus Meyer, Susanne Sehner, Wolfgang Hampe and Stefan Zimmermann

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:243

    Content type: Research article

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  22. In addition to administering vaccinations, healthcare professionals (HCPs) also play a crucial role in providing education and advocacy to the public regarding immunizations. Yet, many current and future HCPs ...

    Authors: Lauren L. Dybsand, Kylie J. Hall and Paul J. Carson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:242

    Content type: Research article

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  23. For promoting autonomous learning motivation, the learning effect of community-oriented service is beneficial, because through community participation and service, students can transfer their implicit cognitio...

    Authors: Guanhua Fan, Zhenhua Lin, Yizhen Luo, Maohuai Chen and Liping Li

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:240

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Professionalism instruction and assessment is a core component of medical education, and essential for professional identity formation (PIF). Thus, understanding the socialization of medical students to the va...

    Authors: Danielle Reimer, Ross Russell, Bertha Ben Khallouq, Christine Kauffman, Caridad Hernandez, Juan Cendán and Analia Castiglioni

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:239

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Low back pain (LBP) is common, affecting 58–84% of adults at some point. In benign cases, misinformation can lead to harmful coping strategies and prolonged recovery time. Deyo has identified seven ‘Myths of B...

    Authors: Eva McCabe, Dima Jadaan, Sudharshan Munigangaiah, Navya Basavaraju and John P. McCabe

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:235

    Content type: Research article

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  26. This study aimed to compare the effect of virtual and traditional education on theoretical knowledge and reporting skills of dental students in radiographic interpretation of bony lesions of the jaw.

    Authors: Elham Soltanimehr, Ehsan Bahrampour, Mohammad Moslem Imani, Farshad Rahimi, Banafsheh Almasi and Marzieh Moattari

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:233

    Content type: Research article

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  27. An important barrier to smoking-cessation counseling for physicians is a lack of education at the undergraduate level. Interactive methods such as peer role-play (RP) or modules utilizing standardized patients...

    Authors: Kye-Yeung Park, Hoon-Ki Park and Hwan-Sik Hwang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:231

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia in hospitalized patients, with or without diabetes mellitus, is associated with many adverse outcomes. Resident physicians are the primary managers of inpatient glycemic control (IGC...

    Authors: William B. Horton, Sidney Law, Monika Darji, Mark R. Conaway, Nancy T. Kubiak, Jennifer L. Kirby and S. Calvin Thigpen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:228

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Communication with healthcare professionals is challenging for those with hearing loss. This study aimed to determine the impact dedicated deaf awareness training could have on medical student’s attitudes to a...

    Authors: Michelle Gilmore, Anna Sturgeon, Clare Thomson, David Bell, Sophie Ryan, James Bailey, Kieran McGlade and Jayne V. Woodside

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:227

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Osteoporosis is inadequately treated in primary care settings. Under-recognition of the condition among male Veterans may contribute to this problem. In order to improve understanding of bone health in older m...

    Authors: Richard E. Nelson, Junjie Ma, Karla Miller, Phillip Lawrence, Joanne LaFleur, Marissa Grotzke, Andrea Barker, Grant W. Cannon and Michael J. Battistone

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:223

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Implementing a patient safety curriculum for medical students requires to identify their needs and current awareness of the topic. Several tools have been developed to measure patient safety culture, but none ...

    Authors: Stéphanie Larramendy-Magnin, Emmanuelle Anthoine, Barbara L’Heude, Brice Leclère and Leïla Moret

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:222

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Student bullying in the clinical environment continues to have a substantial impact, despite numerous attempts to rectify the situation. However, there are significant gaps in the literature about intervention...

    Authors: Althea Gamble Blakey, Kelby Smith-Han, Lynley Anderson, Emma Collins, Elizabeth Berryman and Tim J. Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:220

    Content type: Review

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  33. Little is known regarding the psychometric properties of computerized long-menu formats in comparison to classic formats. We compared single-best-answer (Type A) and long-menu formats using identical question ...

    Authors: Bernard Cerutti, Fabiola Stollar, Monica Escher, Katherine Blondon, Susanne Aujesky, Mathieu Nendaz and Annick Galetto-Lacour

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:219

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Rwanda is the only African country to use the pediatric International In-Training Examination (I-ITE). The objectives of this study were to use the scores from the I-ITE to outline the baseline level of knowle...

    Authors: Natalie McCall, Christian Umuhoza, Cliff O’Callahan, Tanya Rogo, Diane Stafford, Aimable Kanyamuhunga and Peter T. Cartledge

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:217

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Achieving universal health care coverage will require greater investment in primary health care, particularly in rural and underserved populations in low and middle-income countries. South Africa has invested ...

    Authors: Xincheng Sui, Priscilla Reddy, Anam Nyembezi, Pamela Naidoo, Kalipso Chalkidou, Neil Squires and Shah Ebrahim

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:216

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Recent advances in medicine and an increasingly demanding healthcare environment are causing various complicated ethical problems. Nursing students need to prepare to deal with ethical issues in their future r...

    Authors: Taeko Muramatsu, Mieko Nakamura, Eisaku Okada, Harumi Katayama and Toshiyuki Ojima

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:215

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE) performed and interpreted by cardiology fellows during off-duty hours are critical to patient care, however limited data exist on their interpretive accuracy. Our aims were ...

    Authors: Aferdita Spahillari, Ian McCormick, Jesse X. Yang, Gene R. Quinn and Warren J. Manning

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:213

    Content type: Research article

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  38. While literature on the theoretical value of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) for assessment is rapidly expanding, little experience exists on its application. The aims of this study are to develop a...

    Authors: Harm Peters, Ylva Holzhausen, Asja Maaz, Erik Driessen and Anja Czeskleba

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:207

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Non-Technical Skills (NTS) are becoming more important in medical education. A lack of NTS was identified as a major reason for unsafe patient care, favouring adverse events and team breakdown. Therefore, the ...

    Authors: Parisa Moll-Khosrawi, Anne Kamphausen, Wolfgang Hampe, Leonie Schulte-Uentrop, Stefan Zimmermann and Jens Christian Kubitz

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:205

    Content type: Research article

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  40. This study aimed to develop and conduct psychometric testing of the Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory to measure the critical thinking disposition of Chinese medical college students.

    Authors: Xiaoxia Wang, Xiaoxiao Sun, Tianhao Huang, Renqiang He, Weina Hao and Li Zhang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:200

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Several studies correlate medical residency with the occurrence of mental health disorders, Burnout Syndrome and quality of life impairment. It has been demonstrated that mental health disorders increase medic...

    Authors: Paula Lage Pasqualucci, Luciana Luccas Mendes Damaso, Arthur Hirschfeld Danila, Daniel Fatori, Francisco Lotufo Neto and Vera Hermina Kalika Koch

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:193

    Content type: Research article

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  42. To determine which resident and program characteristics correlate with ophthalmic knowledge, as assessed by resident Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) performance.

    Authors: Sidra Zafar, Xueyang Wang, Divya Srikumaran, Shameema Sikder, Pradeep Ramulu, Michael V. Boland, Eric Singman and Fasika A. Woreta

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:190

    Content type: Research article

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  43. One third of UK medical students undertake an intercalated degree, typically in traditional academic disciplines. It is less usual for students to undertake intercalated degrees that are directly aligned to a ...

    Authors: Blair Graham, Hadir Elbeltagi, Pam Nelmes, Annie Jenkin and Jason E Smith

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:188

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Early clinical exposure (ECE) is viewed as a way to provide contexts of basic science and highlight its relevance to medical practice. However, very few studies have specifically looked into how the ECE experi...

    Authors: Kung-Pei Tang, Chien-Yu Chen, Ming-Shun Wu, Tzu-Tao Chen, Bei-Wen Wu and Po-Fang Tsai

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:183

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Despite much effort in the development of robustness of information provided by individual assessment events, there is less literature on the aggregation of this information to make progression decisions on in...

    Authors: Mike Tweed and Tim Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:176

    Content type: Review

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  46. There is increasing interest in global health teaching among medical schools and their students. Schools in the UK and internationally are considering the best structure, methods and content of global health c...

    Authors: Nicole Blum, Anita Berlin, Anna Isaacs, William J. Burch and Chris Willott

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:175

    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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