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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. The ability to communicate effectively is an essential skill for a pharmacist. However, the curricula of most pharmacy schools in South Korea do not include communication skills training (CST). This study aims...

    Authors: Hye Kyung Jin, So Hyun Park, Ji Eun Kang, Kyung Suk Choi, Hong Ah. Kim, Min Seon Jeon and Sandy Jeong Rhie

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:172

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Accurate knowledge and good pain evaluation and documentation practices should be present for efficient pain management. In this study, we aimed to assess the knowledge and practices of nurses relating to the ...

    Authors: Haneen A. Toba, Ahmad M. Samara and Sa’ed H. Zyoud

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:167

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Clinical pharmacists must have a complex combination of academic knowledge and practical experience that integrates all aspects of practice. Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare in 2007 launched the Postgra...

    Authors: Chung-Jen Wei, Tzu-Hsuan Lu, Shu-Chen Chien, Wan-Tsui Huang, Yueh-Ping Liu, Cho-Yu Chan and Chiung-Hsuan Chiu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:165

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Whether graduate entrants to medical school perform better academically than undergraduate entrants remains controversial. Differences in the discipline backgrounds of graduates may, at least in part, have acc...

    Authors: Ian B. Puddey, Annette Mercer and Sandra E. Carr

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:159

    Content type: Research article

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  5. When compared to the general US working population, physicians are more likely to experience burnout and dissatisfaction with work-life balance. Our aim was to examine the association of objectively-measured s...

    Authors: Ashley P. Marek, Rachel M. Nygaard, Ellen T. Liang, Nicholas S. Roetker, Mary DeLaquil, Sandy Gregorich, Chad J. Richardson and Joan M. Van Camp

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:158

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Proper hygienic practices are important in preventing nosocomial infection. This study aimed to determine knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) on hand, attire and equipment hygiene during clinical training...

    Authors: U. Jayarajah, A. S. Athapathu, B. A. A. J. Jayawardane, S. Prasanth and S. N. Seneviratne

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:157

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Identification and assessment of professional competencies for medical students is challenging. We have recently developed an instrument for assessing the essential professional competencies for medical studen...

    Authors: Salah Eldin Kassab, Xiangyun Du, Egon Toft, Farhan Cyprian, Ayad Al-Moslih, Henk Schmidt, Hossam Hamdy and Marwan Abu-Hijleh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:155

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Gauging medical education quality has always remained challenging. Many studies have examined predictors of standardized exam performance; however, data sets do not distinguish by institution or curriculum. Ou...

    Authors: Arash Ghaffari-Rafi, Rachel Elizabeth Lee, Rui Fang and J. Douglas Miles

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:154

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Training in the use of cost-conscious strategies for medical students may prepare new physicians to deliver health care in a more sustainable way. Recently, a role-modeling cost-conscious behaviors scale (RMCC...

    Authors: Marta Silva Menezes, Marília Menezes Gusmão, Rui Nei de Araújo Santana, Carolina Villa Nova Aguiar, Dilton Rodrigues Mendonça, Rinaldo Antunes Barros, Mary Gomes Silva and Liliane Lins-Kusterer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:151

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Sharing information about learners during training is seen as an important component supporting learner progression and relevant to patient safety. Shared information may cover topics from accommodation requir...

    Authors: Aliya Kassam, Mariela Ruetalo, Maureen Topps, Margo Mountjoy, Mark Walton, Susan Edwards and Leslie Nickell

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:150

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia (UGRA) is increasingly used by emergency physicians to provide safe and effective pain relief for patients. However, one of the factors limiting its widespread use is the ...

    Authors: Leily Naraghi, Judy Lin, Kay Odashima, Simran Buttar, Lawrence Haines and Eitan Dickman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:145

    Content type: Technical advance

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  12. Feedback is an essential element in performance training. However, little effort has been made to measure the effects of positive and negative feedback on the ability of self-rated assessment, affective respon...

    Authors: Eun Jung Kim and Kyeong Ryong Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:142

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Compassionate health care is associated with positive patient outcomes. Educational interventions for medical students that develop compassion may also increase wellness, decrease burnout, and improve provider...

    Authors: Laura A. Weingartner, Susan Sawning, M. Ann Shaw and Jon B. Klein

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:139

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The ward round is a key element in everyday hospital inpatient care irrespective of the medical speciality. The underperformance in conducting ward rounds of junior clinicians has already been described. There...

    Authors: Elisa Vietz, Esther März, Christian Lottspeich, Teresa Wölfel, Martin R. Fischer and Ralf Schmidmaier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:137

    Content type: Research article

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  15. In health profession education, learners are often coached by mentors for development of competencies, self-direction of learning and professionalism. It is important that the mentee-mentor relationship is ali...

    Authors: Sylvia Heeneman and Willem de Grave

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:133

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The willingness of healthcare workers (HCW) to respond is an important factor in the health system’s response capacity during emergencies. Although much research has been devoted to exploring this issue, the s...

    Authors: Stav Shapira, Michael Friger, Yaron Bar-Dayan and Limor Aharonson-Daniel

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:130

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Verbal feedback plays a critical role in health professions education but it is not clear which components of effective feedback have been successfully translated from the literature into supervisory practice ...

    Authors: Christina E. Johnson, Jennifer L. Keating, Melanie K. Farlie, Fiona Kent, Michelle Leech and Elizabeth K. Molloy

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:129

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Patient-centred communication and empathy are key enablers for patient-centred care. However, several studies suggest a downward trend regarding the empathic communication skills of physicians during medical r...

    Authors: J. Noordman, B. Post, A. A. M. van Dartel, J. M. A. Slits and T. C. olde Hartman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:128

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Promoting research capacity within public health can encourage and engage employees to undertake research, utilising their understanding of the complex needs that exist within the public health system to provi...

    Authors: Michelle McNab, Angela Berry and Tony Skapetis

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:124

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Performing a psychiatric interview and documenting the recorded findings in the form of a brief psychiatric report is one of the main learning goals in the psychiatric curriculum for medical students. However,...

    Authors: Nadine Dreimüller, Stefan Schenkel, Marlene Stoll, Cora Koch, Klaus Lieb and Jana Juenger

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:121

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Although clinical teachers can often identify struggling learners readily and reliably, they can be reluctant to act upon their impressions, resulting in failure to fail. In the absence of a clear process for ...

    Authors: Elisabeth Boileau, Marie-Claude Audétat and Christina St-Onge

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:120

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Since patient-centered communication is directly connected to clinical performance, it should be integrated with medical knowledge and clinical skills. Therefore, clinical communication skills should be traine...

    Authors: M. Brouwers, J. Custers, E. Bazelmans, C. van Weel, R. Laan and E. van Weel-Baumgarten

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:118

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Student motivation to learn has been undervalued to date though has been identified as an area influencing student success and retention at university. The transition into university has been highlighted as a ...

    Authors: Susan Edgar, Sandra E. Carr, Joanne Connaughton and Antonio Celenza

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:111

    Content type: Research article

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  24. A shortage of specialists in psychiatry, both in terms of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses is evident worldwide. While there are multiple factors leading to an individual’s decision to specialize in psychi...

    Authors: Ellaisha Samari, Esmond Seow, Boon Yiang Chua, Hui Lin Ong, Ying Wen Lau, Rathi Mahendran, Swapna Kamal Verma, Huiting Xie, Jia Wang, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:91

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Simulation is being increasingly used worldwide in healthcare education. However, it is costly both in terms of finances and human resources. As a consequence, several institutions have designed programs offer...

    Authors: Etienne Rivière, Etienne Aubin, Samuel-Lessard Tremblay, Gilles Lortie and Gilles Chiniara

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:82

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Despite the increasing use of digital impressions in orthodontics, this technique does not usually form part of the learning objectives in dental training. The aim of this study was to determine how students a...

    Authors: Timm C. Schott, Rahima Arsalan and Katja Weimer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:81

    Content type: Technical advance

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  27. Evidence for the effectiveness of the selection of medical students is weak. This study aimed to examine the added value of a two-step selection procedure (first step non-academic, second step academic tests) ...

    Authors: Catharina M. P. Vos, Anouk Wouters, Marianne Jonker, Marian de Haan, Marleen A. Westerhof, Gerda Croiset and Rashmi A. Kusurkar

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:80

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Ensuring objectivity and maintaining reliability are necessary in order to consider any form of assessment valid. Evaluation of students in Problem-Based Learning (PBL) tutorials by the tutors has drawn the at...

    Authors: Bidyadhar Sa, Chidum Ezenwaka, Keerti Singh, Sehlule Vuma and Md. Anwarul Azim Majumder

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:76

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Knee osteoarthritis is a common problem, but often underdiagnosed and undertreated in primary care as compared to evidence-based guidelines. Educational outreach visits are an effective strategy to improve gui...

    Authors: David Spitaels, Rosella P. M. G. Hermens, Frank P. Luyten, Hilde Vandenneucker, Bert Aertgeerts, Sabine Verschueren, Dieter Van Assche and Patrik Vankrunkelsven

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:66

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Given the influence that personality can have on empathy, this study explores the relationship between empathy and personality, using three different measures of empathy, and taking into account gender and spe...

    Authors: Teresa Guilera, Iolanda Batalla, Carles Forné and Jorge Soler-González

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:57

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Ensuring physiotherapy students are well prepared to work safely and effectively in culturally diverse societies upon graduation is vital. Therefore, determining whether physiotherapy programs are effectively ...

    Authors: Maxine Te, Felicity Blackstock, Caroline Fryer, Peter Gardner, Louise Geary, Suzanne Kuys, Kerstin McPherson, Irmina Nahon, Clarice Tang, Lynne Taylor, Gisela Van Kessel, Kelly van der Zwan and Lucy Chipchase

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:56

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Feedback is regarded a key element in teaching communication skills. However, specific aspects of feedback have not been systematically investigated in this context. Therefore, the aim of this study was to inv...

    Authors: Cosima Engerer, Pascal O. Berberat, Andreas Dinkel, Bärbel Rudolph, Heribert Sattel and Alexander Wuensch

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:51

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Physicians need a set of specific competences to perform well in interprofessional teams in their first year of residency. These competences should be achieved with graduation from medical school. Assessments ...

    Authors: Sarah Prediger, Sophie Fürstenberg, Pascal O. Berberat, Martina Kadmon and Sigrid Harendza

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:46

    Content type: Research article

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  34. There is a lack of studies on factors in the curriculum, study environment and individual differences that can promote well-being among medical students as a response to the frequent reports on the negative he...

    Authors: Christian Sletta, Reidar Tyssen and Lise Tevik Løvseth

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:45

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Stigma and discrimination are a significant public health concern and cause great distress to people with mental illness. Healthcare professionals have been identified as one source of this discrimination. In ...

    Authors: Tanya Deb, Heidi Lempp, Ioannis Bakolis, Tushar Vince, William Waugh and Claire Henderson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:41

    Content type: Study protocol

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  36. The 5-item non-technical skills scale for trauma (T-NOTECHS) with five response categories is developed to assess non-technical skills in trauma team resuscitations. This validated instrument assesses behavior...

    Authors: Jussi P. Repo, Eerika Rosqvist, Seppo Lauritsalo and Juha Paloneva

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:40

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The shift from a more didactic to student-centred pedagogical approach has led to the implementation of new information communication technology (ICT) innovations and curricula. Consequently, analysis of the d...

    Authors: Diane O’Doherty, Justan Lougheed, Ailish Hannigan, Jason Last, Marie Dromey, Colm O’Tuathaigh and Deirdre McGrath

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:39

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Effective communication between patients and practitioners is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality care. This is particularly important in the complex and challenging nature of working in palliative and...

    Authors: Jane Dowson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:37

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Simulation has become integral to the training of both undergraduate medical students and medical professionals. Due to the increasing degree of realism and range of features, the latest mannequins are referre...

    Authors: Christina Massoth, Hannah Röder, Hendrik Ohlenburg, Michael Hessler, Alexander Zarbock, Daniel M. Pöpping and Manuel Wenk

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:29

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Important competences of physicians regarding patient safety include communication, leadership, stress resistance, adherence to procedures, awareness, and teamwork. Similarly, while selected, prospective fligh...

    Authors: Sigrid Harendza, Henning Soll, Sarah Prediger, Martina Kadmon, Pascal O. Berberat and Viktor Oubaid

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:9

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Globally, interns and residents face significant challenges with respect to research activity. Despite this, they are motivated and have an interest in undertaking research. To date, there has been no research...

    Authors: Hubert Habineza, Christian Nsanzabaganwa, Naphtal Nyirimanzi, Christian Umuhoza, Katie Cartledge, Craig Conard and Peter Cartledge

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:4

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Medical student and resident participation in short-term international trips for trainees (STINTTs) has increased in the past few decades. However, there has been no systematic review of trainees’ actual ethic...

    Authors: James Aluri, Dane Moran, Antony G. Kironji, Bryn Carroll, Jacob Cox, Chi Chiung Grace Chen and Matthew DeCamp

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:324

    Content type: Research article

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  43. The recent introduction of the Professional Performance Framework by the Medical Board of Australia is intended to strengthen continuing professional development for the 100,000 or so medical practitioners in ...

    Authors: Ajit Narayanan, Elizabeth A. Farmer and Michael J. Greco

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:323

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2019 19:73

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    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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