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Table 4 Skills for which students rated their level of skill achievement as high

From: Perceptions of graduating students from eight medical schools in Vietnam on acquisition of key skills identified by teachers

  Name of the skill Discipline % met KAS book level Mean of achieving skill level CV
1. Identifying the Mac Burney point for diagnosing appendicitis Surgery 100 3.8 0.6
2. Chest examination by auscultation and use of the stethoscope. Basic 97 3.7 0.5
3. Examining the liver, spleen, and digestive system Internal medicine 97 3.8 0.5
4. Examining the upper urinary tract, including kidney. Internal medicine 96 3.7 0.5
5. Examination to identify sites of renal calculus formation. Surgery 95 3.7 0.6
6. Examination to identify the gall bladder Surgery 93 3.6 0.7
7. Examination of the heart, including the recognition of normal and abnormal heart sounds. Internal medicine 93 3.4 0.6
8. To identify the pressure point in clinical diagnosis of acute pancreatitis. Surgery 93 3.6 0.7
9. To identify symptoms of meningitis. Pediatrics 92 3.4 0.7
10. To identify symptoms of acute asthma. Pediatrics 92 3.6 0.8
11. To identify pleuritis by auscultation. Basic 92 3.4 0.8
12. Taking patient history, including relevant epidemiological factors. Basic 91 3.5 0.7
13. Interpretation of laboratory tests (hematology and biochemistry) in children. Pediatrics 91 3.4 0.8
14. Examination of the neurological system for brain disorders, level of consciousness and cranial nerve function. Internal medicine 91 3.3 0.7
15. Heart auscultation in pediatric care and identification of abnormality. Pediatrics 91 3.3 0.8
16. Intravenous and intramuscular injection procedures, including blood transfusion. Basic 91 3.5 0.7