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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. Interprofessional learning activities are included in many curricula but are difficult to assess. For languages that are not widely spoken such as Swedish, few validated questionnaires exist that relate to int...

    Authors: Samuel Edelbring, Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren and Desiree Wiegleb Edström

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:40

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Although electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has rapidly increased, there is little data about what United States medical students know or are taught about them. This study examined medical students’ experi...

    Authors: Katie Hinderaker, David V. Power, Sharon Allen, Ellen Parker and Kolawole Okuyemi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:32

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are being used by a growing number of postgraduate training programs and medical schools as their interview process for selection entry. The Australian General Practice and Trai...

    Authors: Annette Burgess, Chris Roberts, Premala Sureshkumar and Karyn Mossman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:21

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Interprofessional education is receiving increased attention worldwide. This has led to the development of a bachelor programme “Interprofessional Health Care” at the University of Heidelberg, Germany beginnin...

    Authors: Cornelia Mahler, Veronika Schwarzbeck, Johanna Mink and Katja Goetz

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:19

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Health professional racial/ethnic bias may impact on clinical decision-making and contribute to subsequent ethnic health inequities. However, limited research has been undertaken among medical students. This p...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:18

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Most assessments in health professions education consist of knowledge-based examinations as well as practical and clinical examinations. Among the most challenging aspects of clinical assessments is decision m...

    Authors: Boaz Shulruf, Arvin Damodaran, Phil Jones, Sean Kennedy, George Mangos, Anthony J. O’Sullivan, Joel Rhee, Silas Taylor, Gary Velan and Peter Harris

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:10

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Students evaluations of their learning experiences can provide a useful source of information about clerkship effectiveness in undergraduate medical education. However, low response rates in clerkship evaluati...

    Authors: Sola Aoun Bahous, Pascale Salameh, Angelique Salloum, Wael Salameh, Yoon Soo Park and Ara Tekian

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:9

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The General Medical Council (GMC) conducts Tests of Competence (ToC) for doctors referred for Fitness to Practise (FtP) issues. GPs take a single best answer knowledge test, an Objective Structured Clinical Ex...

    Authors: Hirosha Keshani Jayaweera, Henry W. W. Potts, Karim Keshwani, Chris Valerio, Magdalen Baker, Leila Mehdizadeh and Alison Sturrock

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:2

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Despite the highly selective admission processes utilised by medical schools, a significant cohort of medical students still face academic difficulties and are at a higher risk of delayed graduation or outrigh...

    Authors: Bunmi S. Malau-Aduli, Teresa O’Connor, Robin A. Ray, Yolanda van der Kruk, Michelle Bellingan and Peta-Ann Teague

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:266

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2018 18:73

  10. Large scale models of interprofessional learning (IPL) where outcomes are assessed are rare within health professional curricula. To date, there is sparse research describing robust assessment strategies to su...

    Authors: Gillian Nisbet, Christine Jorm, Chris Roberts, Christopher J. Gordon and Timothy F. Chen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:258

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Medical students are exposed to high amounts of stress. Stress and poor academic performance can become part of a vicious circle. In order to counteract this circularity, it seems important to better understan...

    Authors: Thomas Kötter, Josefin Wagner, Linda Brüheim and Edgar Voltmer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:256

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Apart from skills, and knowledge, self-efficacy is an important factor in the students’ preparation for clinical work. The Physiotherapist Self-Efficacy (PSE) questionnaire was developed to measure physical th...

    Authors: Wim van Lankveld, Anne Jones, Jaap J. Brunnekreef, Joost P. H. Seeger and J. Bart Staal

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:250

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The validity of selection tests is underestimated if it is determined by simply calculating the predictor-outcome correlation found in the admitted group. This correlation is usually attenuated by two factors:...

    Authors: Stefan Zimmermann, Dietrich Klusmann and Wolfgang Hampe

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:246

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Currently, only one in three UK medical students undertake an intercalated degree. This has often been implicated as a result of financial obstacles or a lack of interest in research due to inadequate exposure...

    Authors: Shona E. Boyle, Seonaidh C. Cotton, Phyo Kyaw Myint and Georgina Louise Hold

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:245

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Medical students from ethnic minorities underperform in knowledge and skills assessments both in pre-clinical and clinical education compared to the ethnic majority group. Motivation, which influences learning...

    Authors: Ulviye Isik, Anouk Wouters, Marieke M. ter Wee, Gerda Croiset and Rashmi A. Kusurkar

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:233

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Modern healthcare institutions are continuously changing, and Self-Directed Learning (SDL) abilities are considered a prerequisite for both nursing students and nurses in order to be proactive about these dema...

    Authors: Lucia Cadorin, Valentina Bressan and Alvisa Palese

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:229

    Content type: Research article

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  17. With an aging American population, the burden of neurologic disease is intensifying and the decline in neurology residents and practicing neurologists is leaving these patients helpless and unable to find care...

    Authors: Lisa Shiels, Pratish Majmundar, Aleksander Zywot, John Sobotka, Christine S. M. Lau and Tuula O. Jalonen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:225

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The Motivational Interviewing target Scheme (MITS) is an instrument to assess competency in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and can be used to assess MI in long and brief consultations. In this qualitative stud...

    Authors: Riëtta Oberink, Saskia M. Boom, Nynke van Dijk and Mechteld R. M. Visser

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:224

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Volunteer patients (also known as patient partners (PPs)) play a vital role in undergraduate healthcare curricula. They frequently take part in objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) and rate aspect...

    Authors: Fiona C. Thomson, Rhoda K. MacKenzie, Marie Anderson, Alan R. Denison and Graeme P. Currie

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:214

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Good clinical handover is critical to safe medical care. Little research has investigated handover in rural settings. In a remote setting where nurses and medical students give telephone handover to an aeromed...

    Authors: Malcolm Moore, Chris Roberts, Jonathan Newbury and Jim Crossley

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:213

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Parents can assess residents’ non-technical skills (NTS) in pediatric emergency departments (EDs). There are no assessment tools, with validity evidence, for parental use in pediatric EDs. The purpose of this ...

    Authors: Katherine A. Moreau, Kaylee Eady, Kenneth Tang, Mona Jabbour, Jason R. Frank, Meaghan Campbell and Stanley J. Hamstra

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:210

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The physicians’ competency is an important public health issue around the world. Several international organizations have taken the lead in examining the competencies required to be a physician. The purpose of...

    Authors: Zhuang Liu, Yue Zhang, Lei Tian, Baozhi Sun, Qing Chang and Yuhong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:208

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Self-directed learning (SDL) is expected of health science graduates; it is thus a learning outcome in many pre-certification programs. Previous research identified age, gender, discipline and prior education ...

    Authors: Craig E. Slater, Anne Cusick and Jimmy C. Y. Louie

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:207

    Content type: Research article

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  24. There is little evidence regarding the comparative quality of abstracts and articles in medical education research. The Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument (MERSQI), which was developed to eval...

    Authors: Christopher R. Stephenson, Brianna E. Vaa, Amy T. Wang, Darrell R. Schroeder, Thomas J. Beckman, Darcy A. Reed and Adam P. Sawatsky

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:193

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Progress testing is an assessment tool used to periodically assess all students at the end-of-curriculum level. Because students cannot know everything, it is important that they recognize their lack of knowle...

    Authors: Dario Cecilio-Fernandes, Harro Medema, Carlos Fernando Collares, Lambert Schuwirth, Janke Cohen-Schotanus and René A. Tio

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:192

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Many medical schools use admissions Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs) rather than traditional interviews (TIs), partly because MMIs are thought to be more reliable. Yet prior studies examined single-school sampl...

    Authors: Anthony Jerant, Mark C. Henderson, Erin Griffin, Julie A. Rainwater, Theodore R. Hall, Carolyn J. Kelly, Ellena M. Peterson, David Wofsy and Peter Franks

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:190

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Medical students on clinical rotations have to be assessed on several competencies at the end of each clinical rotation, pointing to the need for short, reliable, and valid assessment instruments of each compe...

    Authors: Jean-Sébastien Renaud and Luc Côté

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:189

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Emotional intelligence (EI) has been linked with academic and professional success. Such data are scarce in Sri Lanka. This study was conducted to describe the pattern of EI, to determine its predictors and to...

    Authors: Chandrani Nirmala Wijekoon, Heshan Amaratunge, Yashica de Silva, Solith Senanayake, Pradeepa Jayawardane and Upul Senarath

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:176

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Although peer assessment has been used for evaluating performance of medical students and practicing doctors, it has not been studied as a method to distribute a common group work mark equitably to medical stu...

    Authors: Alex R Cook, Mikael Hartman, Nan Luo, Judy Sng, Ngan Phoon Fong, Wei Yen Lim, Mark I-Cheng Chen, Mee Lian Wong, Natarajan Rajaraman, Jeannette Jen-Mai Lee and Gerald Choon-Huat Koh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:172

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Healthcare professionals’ person-centered communication skills are pivotal for successful group-based diabetes education. However, healthcare professionals are often insufficiently equipped to facilitate perso...

    Authors: Vibeke Stenov, Gitte Wind, Timothy Skinner, Susanne Reventlow and Nana Folmann Hempler

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:166

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  31. Developing professionalism is a core task in medical education. Unfortunately, it has remained difficult for educators to identify medical students’ unprofessionalism, because, among other reasons, there are no c...

    Authors: Marianne Mak-van der Vossen, Walther van Mook, Stéphanie van der Burgt, Joyce Kors, Johannes C.F. Ket, Gerda Croiset and Rashmi Kusurkar

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:164

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Evaluation of the predictive validity of selected sociodemographic factors and admission criteria for Master’s studies in Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Warsaw (MUW).

    Authors: Mariusz Panczyk, Grzegorz Juszczyk, Aleksander Zarzeka, Łukasz Samoliński, Jarosława Belowska, Ilona Cieślak and Joanna Gotlib

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:157

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Items must be relevant to ensure item quality and test validity. Since “item relevance” has not been operationalized yet, we developed a rubric to define it. This study explores the influence of this rubric on...

    Authors: Xandra M. C. Janssen-Brandt, Arno M. M. Muijtjens and Dominique M. A. Sluijsmans

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:151

    Content type: Research article

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  34. During their clerkships, medical students are meant to expand their clinical reasoning skills during their patient encounters. Observation of these encounters could reveal important information on the students...

    Authors: Catharina M. Haring, Bernadette M. Cools, Petra J. M. van Gurp, Jos W. M. van der Meer and Cornelis T. Postma

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:147

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The changing healthcare landscape requires physicians to develop new knowledge and skills such as high-value care, systems improvement, population health, and team-based care, which together may be referred to...

    Authors: Rachel D. Havyer, Suzanne M. Norby, Andrea N. Leep Hunderfund, Stephanie R. Starr, Tara R. Lang, Alexandra P. Wolanskyj and Darcy A. Reed

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:145

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Competency-based education has been considered the most important pedagogical trend in Medicine in the last two decades. In clinical contexts, competencies are implemented through Entrustable Professional Acti...

    Authors: Alicia Hamui-Sutton, Ana María Monterrosas-Rojas, Armando Ortiz-Montalvo, Felipe Flores-Morones, Uri Torruco-García, Andrea Navarrete-Martínez and Araceli Arrioja-Guerrero

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:143

    Content type: Research article

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  37. A growing body of evidence suggests that healthcare practitioners who enhance how they express empathy can improve patient health, and reduce medico-legal risk. However we do not know how consistently healthca...

    Authors: J. Howick, L. Steinkopf, A. Ulyte, N. Roberts and K. Meissner

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:136

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The seven categories of the Stanford Faculty Development Program (SFDP) represent a framework for planning and assessing medical teaching. Nevertheless, so far there is no specific evaluation tool for large-gr...

    Authors: Tjark Müller, Diego Montano, Herbert Poinstingl, Katharina Dreiling, Sarah Schiekirka-Schwake, Sven Anders, Tobias Raupach and Nicole von Steinbüchel

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:137

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  39. Mistreatment of medical students during medical education is a widespread concern. Studies have shown that medical students report the most mistreatment compared to students of other study programs and that th...

    Authors: Heidi Siller, Gloria Tauber, Nikola Komlenac and Margarethe Hochleitner

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:134

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Student perspectives of clinical preparedness have been studied in the literature, but the viewpoint of supervisors is limited. Hence, the aim was to examine the perspective of supervisors on the characteristi...

    Authors: Hasini Banneheke, Vishna Devi Nadarajah, Srinivasan Ramamurthy, Afshan Sumera, Sneha Ravindranath, Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Benny Efendie, Leela Chellamuthu, Purushotham Krishnappa and Ray Peterson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:130

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The on-call responsibilities of a senior medicine resident (SMR) may include the admission transition of patient care on medical teaching teams (MTT), supervision of junior trainees, and ensuring patient safet...

    Authors: Noureen Huda, Lisa Faden and Mark Goldszmidt

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:121

    Content type: Research article

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  42. The Strength of Motivation for Medical School-Revised (SMMS-R) questionnaire measures students’ motivation for studying medicine. It includes three subscales: ‘willingness to sacrifice’, ‘readiness to start’, ...

    Authors: M. An, R. A. Kusurkar, L. Li, Y. Xiao, C. Zheng, J. Hu and M. Chen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:116

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  43. Particularly at the beginning of their studies, international medical students face a number of language-related, social and intercultural challenges. Thus, they perform poorer than their local counterparts in...

    Authors: D. Huhn, J. Lauter, D. Roesch Ely, E. Koch, A. Möltner, W. Herzog, F. Resch, S. C. Herpertz and C. Nikendei

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:111

    Content type: Research article

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  44. This prospective study from end of medical school through internship investigates the course and possible change of self- reported self-efficacy in communication skills compared with observers’ ratings of such...

    Authors: Tore Gude, Arnstein Finset, Tor Anvik, Anders Bærheim, Ole Bernt Fasmer, Hilde Grimstad and Per Vaglum

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:107

    Content type: Research article

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    2.317 - 5-year Impact Factor
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