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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. Content type: Research article

    Serious games have the potential to teach complex cognitive skills in an engaging way, at relatively low costs. Their flexibility in use and scalability makes them an attractive learning tool, but more researc...

    Authors: Mary E. W. Dankbaar, Olivier Richters, Cor J. Kalkman, Gerrie Prins, Olle T. J. ten Cate, Jeroen J. G. van Merrienboer and Stephanie C. E. Schuit

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:30

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    Assessing radiographers’ clinical competence is of major importance in all medical imaging departments, and is a fundamental prerequisite for guaranteeing professional standards in both nursing care and radiog...

    Authors: Aurika Vanckavičienė, Jūratė Macijauskienė, Aurelija Blaževičienė, Algidas Basevičius and Bodil T. Andersson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:25

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Despite a large evidence-base upon which to base clinical practice, most health systems have not combined the training of healthcare providers in addiction medicine and research. As such, addiction care is oft...

    Authors: J. Klimas, R. McNeil, K. Ahamad, A. Mead, L. Rieb, W. Cullen, E. Wood and W. Small

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:22

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  4. Content type: Research article

    This study explored the use of virtual patient generated data by investigating the association between students’ unprofessional patient summary statements, which they entered during an on-line virtual patient ...

    Authors: Ting Dong, William Kelly, Meredith Hays, Norman B. Berman and Steven J. Durning

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:3

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  5. Content type: Research article

    King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS) was the first university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offering both high school entry and graduate entry (GE) students into medical school. We...

    Authors: Ahmed Rumayyan Al Rumayyan, Abdulaziz Ahmed Al Zahrani and Tahir Kamal Hameed

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:315

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  6. Content type: Research article

    An increasing part of medical students’ learning takes place in primary healthcare (PHC) but little is known about how the students perceive PHC as a clinical learning environment. This study aimed to explore ...

    Authors: Helena Salminen, Eva Öhman and Terese Stenfors-Hayes

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:313

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Clinical learning takes place in complex socio-cultural environments that are workplaces for the staff and learning places for the students. In the clinical context, the students learn by active participation ...

    Authors: Eva Öhman, Hassan Alinaghizadeh, Päivi Kaila, Håkan Hult, Gunnar H. Nilsson and Helena Salminen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:308

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Clinical reasoning is a key competence in medicine. There is a lack of knowledge, how non-experts like medical students solve clinical problems. It is known that they have difficulties applying conceptual know...

    Authors: Jan Kiesewetter, Rene Ebersbach, Nike Tsalas, Matthias Holzer, Ralf Schmidmaier and Martin R. Fischer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:303

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Medical students face a variety of stressors associated with their education; if not promptly identified and adequately dealt with, it may bring about several negative consequences in terms of mental health an...

    Authors: Eun-Jung Shim, Hong Jin Jeon, Hana Kim, Kwang-Min Lee, Dooyoung Jung, Hae-Lim Noh, Myoung-Sun Roh and Bong-Jin Hahm

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:302

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Despite the benefits to early palliative care in the treatment of terminal illness, barriers to timely hospice referrals exist. Physicians who are more comfortable having end-of-life (EOL) conversations are mo...

    Authors: Jessica M. Schmit, Lynne E. Meyer, Jennifer M. Duff, Yunfeng Dai, Fei Zou and Julia L. Close

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:297

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Performance on visiting rotations during the senior year of medical school is consistently cited by residency program directors as a critical factor in selecting residents. Nevertheless, the frequency with whi...

    Authors: Matthew Winterton, Jaimo Ahn and Joseph Bernstein

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:291

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The outcome of communication training is widely measured by self-efficacy ratings, and different questionnaires have been used. Nevertheless, none of these questionnaires have been formally validated through s...

    Authors: Mette K. Axboe, Kaj S. Christensen, Poul-Erik Kofoed and Jette Ammentorp

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:272

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Feedback is considered a key didactic element in medical education, especially for teaching of communication skills. This study investigates the impact of a best evidence-based practice feedback concept within...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:271

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Medical students have difficulty performing and interpreting musculoskeletal physical examinations and interpreting the findings. Research has focused on students' knowledge deficits, but there are few direct ...

    Authors: R. Brent Stansfield, Lisa Diponio, Cliff Craig, John Zeller, Edmund Chadd, Joshua Miller and Seetha Monrad

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:268

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Single Best Answer (SBA) questions are widely used in undergraduate and postgraduate medical examinations. Selection of the correct answer in SBA questions may be subject to cueing and therefore might not test...

    Authors: Amir H. Sam, Saira Hameed, Joanne Harris and Karim Meeran

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:266

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Training of lay-rescuers is essential to improve survival-rates after cardiac arrest. Multiple campaigns emphasise the importance of basic life support (BLS) training for school children. Trainings require a v...

    Authors: Stefanie Beck, Bjarne Ruhnke, Malte Issleib, Anne Daubmann, Sigrid Harendza and Christian Zöllner

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:263

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Tertiary institutions are struggling to ensure equitable academic outcomes for indigenous and ethnic minority students in health professional study. This demonstrates disadvantaging of ethnic minority student ...

    Authors: Erena Wikaire, Elana Curtis, Donna Cormack, Yannan Jiang, Louise McMillan, Rob Loto and Papaarangi Reid

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:262

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Most research into the validity of admissions tools focuses on the isolated correlations of individual tools with later outcomes. Instead, looking at how domains of attributes, rather than tools, predict later...

    Authors: Tom M. Wilkinson and Tim J. Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:258

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The assessment of patient safety culture refers mainly to surveys exploring the perceptions of health professionals in hospitals. These surveys have less relevance when considering the assessment of the patien...

    Authors: M. Chaneliere, F. Jacquet, P. Occelli, S. Touzet, V. Siranyan and C. Colin

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:255

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  20. Content type: Research article

    There is a paucity of evidence on how to train medical students to provide equitable, high quality care to racial and ethnic minority patients. We test the hypothesis that medical schools’ ability to foster a ...

    Authors: Diana J. Burgess, Sara E. Burke, Brooke A. Cunningham, John F. Dovidio, Rachel R. Hardeman, Yuefeng Hou, David B. Nelson, Sylvia P. Perry, Sean M. Phelan, Mark W. Yeazel and Michelle van Ryn

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:254

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  21. Content type: Research article

    A major focus in nursing education is on the judgement of clinical performance, and it is a complex process due to the diverse nature of nursing practice. A holistic approach in assessment of competency is adv...

    Authors: Xi Vivien Wu, Karin Enskär, Lay Hoon Pua, Doreen Gek Noi Heng and Wenru Wang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:248

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Progress testing (PT) is used in Western countries to evaluate students’ level of functional knowledge, and to enhance meaning-oriented and self-directed learning. However, the use of PT has not been investiga...

    Authors: Yasushi Matsuyama, Arno M. M. Muijtjens, Makoto Kikukawa, Renee Stalmeijer, Reiko Murakami, Shizukiyo Ishikawa and Hitoaki Okazaki

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:245

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Communication skills and professionalism are two competencies in graduate medical education that are challenging to evaluate. We aimed to develop, test and validate a de novo instrument to evaluate these two comp...

    Authors: Abd Moain Abu Dabrh, Mohammad Hassan Murad, Richard D. Newcomb, William G. Buchta, Mark W. Steffen, Zhen Wang, Amanda K. Lovett and Lawrence W. Steinkraus

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:233

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Patient safety depends on effective teamwork. The similarity of team members’ mental models - or their shared understanding–regarding clinical tasks is likely to influence the effectiveness of teamwork. Mental...

    Authors: Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, Jennifer M. Weller, Craig S. Webster, David Cumin, Christopher Frampton, Matt Boyd and Alan F. Merry

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:229

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Attention to the role of context in shaping individuals’ coping strategies is necessary. This study used the Salutogenic Model (SM) as a framework to identify the coping strategies of oral health profession st...

    Authors: Karla Gambetta-Tessini, Rodrigo Mariño, Mike Morgan and Vivienne Anderson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:224

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Teamwork training is an essential component of health professional student education. A valid and reliable teamwork self-assessment tool could assist students to identify desirable teamwork behaviours with the...

    Authors: Christopher J. Gordon, Christine Jorm, Boaz Shulruf, Jennifer Weller, Jane Currie, Renee Lim and Adam Osomanski

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:218

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Best practices for conflict-of-interest (COI) policies in medical schools have evolved rapidly over the past decade, in part motivated by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) scorecard that has publ...

    Authors: Daniel J. Carlat, Teddy Fagrelius, Reshma Ramachandran, Joseph S. Ross and Sallyann Bergh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:202

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Despite the recent widespread adoption of simulation in clinical education in physiotherapy, there is a lack of validated tools for assessment in this setting. The Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP) is...

    Authors: Belinda K. Judd, Justin N. Scanlan, Jennifer A. Alison, Donna Waters and Christopher J. Gordon

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:196

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The validity of high-stakes decisions derived from assessment results is of primary concern to candidates and certifying institutions in the health professions. In the field of orthopaedic manual physical ther...

    Authors: Euson Yeung, Kulamakan Kulasagarem, Nicole Woods, Adam Dubrowski, Brian Hodges and Heather Carnahan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:192

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is now a standard assessment format and while examiner training is seen as essential to assure quality, there appear to be no widely accepted measures of ex...

    Authors: Aidan Byrne, Tereza Soskova, Jayne Dawkins and Lee Coombes

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:191

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Medical student selection and assessment share an underlying high stakes context with the need for valid and reliable tools. This study examined the predictive validity of three tools commonly used in Australi...

    Authors: Ruth M. Sladek, Malcolm J. Bond, Linda K. Frost and Kirsty N. Prior

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:187

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The medical ward round is a central but complex activity that is of relevance from the first day of work. However, difficulties for young doctors have been reported. Instruction of ward round competence in med...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:174

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Health provider racial/ethnic bias and its relationship to clinical decision-making is an emerging area of research focus in understanding and addressing ethnic health inequities. Examining potential racial/et...

    Authors: Ricci Harris, Donna Cormack, Elana Curtis, Rhys Jones, James Stanley and Cameron Lacey

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:173

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The influence, legitimacy and application of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) in the world is growing as a tool that integrates, the best available evidence to decision making in patient care. Our goal was to ide...

    Authors: Karen A. Aguirre-Raya, María F. Castilla-Peón, Leticia A. Barajas-Nava, Violeta Torres-Rodríguez, Onofre Muñoz-Hernández and Juan Garduño-Espinosa

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:166

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  35. Content type: Research article

    International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are known to perform less well in many postgraduate medical examinations when compared to their UK trained counterparts. This “differential attainment” is observed in bot...

    Authors: Anju Verma, Ann Griffin, Jane Dacre and Andrew Elder

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:162

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The attitudes of healthcare professionals towards HIV positive patients and high risk groups are central to the quality of care and therefore to the management of HIV/AIDS related stigma in health settings. Ex...

    Authors: Keivan Ahmadi, Daniel D. Reidpath, Pascale Allotey and Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:155

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Effective communication with patients impacts clinical outcome and patient satisfaction. We measure the rate at which medical students use six targeted communication elements with patients and association of e...

    Authors: Joseph S. Turner, Katie E. Pettit, Bryce B. Buente, Aloysius J. Humbert, Anthony J. Perkins and Jeffrey A. Kline

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:150

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Written comments by medical student supervisors provide written foundation for grade narratives and deans’ letters and play an important role in student’s professional development. Written comments are widely ...

    Authors: Lauren Gulbas, William Guerin and Hilary F. Ryder

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:145

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  39. Content type: Research article

    In standard setting techniques involving panels of judges, the attributes of judges may affect the cut-scores. This simulation study modelled the effect of the number of judges and test items, as well as the i...

    Authors: Boaz Shulruf, Tim Wilkinson, Jennifer Weller, Philip Jones and Phillippa Poole

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:134

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that poor performance on standardized tests before and early in medical school is associated with poor performance on standardized tests later in medical school and beyond. This study aimed t...

    Authors: Petra M. Casey, Brian A. Palmer, Geoffrey B. Thompson, Torrey A. Laack, Matthew R. Thomas, Martha F. Hartz, Jani R. Jensen, Benjamin J. Sandefur, Julie E. Hammack, Jerry W. Swanson, Robert D. Sheeler and Joseph P. Grande

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:128

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Failure to recognize and appropriately manage dengue early in the clinical course may result in late initiation of supportive treatment for severe disease. In Florida, travel-related and autochthonous dengue o...

    Authors: Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, Aileen Chang, Renee Jiddou-Yaldoo, Kay M. Tomashek, Danielle Stanek, Leena Anil and Paola Lichtenberger

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:124

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  42. Content type: Research article

    It has been realised that there is need to have medical training closer to communities where the majority of the population lives in order to orient the trainees’ attitudes towards future practice in such comm...

    Authors: Lynn M. Atuyambe, Rhona K. Baingana, Simon P. S. Kibira, Anne Katahoire, Elialilia Okello, David K. Mafigiri, Florence Ayebare, Henry Oboke, Christine Acio, Kintu Muggaga, Scovia Mbalinda, Ruth Nabaggala, Gad Ruzaaza, Wilfred Arubaku, Samantha Mary, Peter Akera…

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:123

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Basic skills in evidence-based medicine (EbM) are indispensable for healthcare professionals to promote consumer-centred, evidence-based treatment. EbM training courses are complex interventions – a fact that ...

    Authors: Lars Hecht, Susanne Buhse and Gabriele Meyer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:103

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The achievement goal theory defines two major foci of students’ learning goals (1) primarily interested in truly mastering a task (mastery orientation), and (2) striving to show ones competences to others (per...

    Authors: Ada Kool, Tim Mainhard, Mieke Brekelmans, Peter van Beukelen and Debbie Jaarsma

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:100

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  45. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing perception that the left handed (LH) medical students are facing difficulties while performing the clinical tasks that involve psychomotor skill, although the evidence is very limited and di...

    Authors: Sami Alnassar, Aljoharah Nasser Alrashoudi, Mody Alaqeel, Hala Alotaibi, Alanoud Alkahel, Waseem Hajjar, Ghadeer Al-shaikh, Abdulaziz Alsaif, Shafiul Haque and Sultan Ayoub Meo

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:97

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