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Table 6 Graduates' clinical competency mean values self-assessment compared with experts' assessment

From: How does the medical graduates' self-assessment of their clinical competency differ from experts' assessment?

Items Assessment ±SD (t) p
Medical graduate is able to: Mean
1. take an appropriate history including social issues such as occupational health Graduates 3.70 .810 1.200 .233
Experts 3.52 1.127
2. perform a physical and mental status examination Graduates 3.64 .856 2.375 .019*
Experts 3.30 1.055
3. apply basic diagnostic and technical procedures, to analyze and interpret findings, and to define the nature of a problem Graduates 3.55 .855 2.194 .030*
Experts 3.28 1.042
4. perform appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic strategies with the focus on life-saving procedures and applying principles of best evidence medicine Graduates 3.53 .833 1.453 .149
Experts 3.33 1.174
5. Able to exercise clinical judgment to establish diagnoses and therapies Graduates 3.57 .745 .456 .650
Experts 3.51 .991
6. Able to recognize immediate life-threatening conditions. Graduates 3.80 .801 2.646 .009*
Experts 3.44 1.143
7. manage common medical emergencies Graduates 3.92 .851 2.608 .010*
Experts 3.61 .814
8. manage patients in an effective, efficient and ethical manner including health promotion and disease prevention Graduates 3.79 . 829 .434 .665
Experts 3.73 .963
9. evaluate health problems and advise patients taking into account physical, psychological, social and cultural factors Graduates 3.69 .870 2.136 .035*
Experts 3.38 1.041
10. understand the appropriate utilization of human resources, diagnostic interventions, therapeutic modalities and health care facilities Graduates 3.24 .894 1.551 .124
Experts 3.03 1.004
  1. SD: Standard deviation.
  2. Paired sample T- Test.
  3. * p: statistically significant <0.05.