Assessment and evaluation of admissions, knowledge, skills and attitudes

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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. Research article

    Using peer review to distribute group work marks equitably between medical students

    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...

    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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:172

    Published on: 20 September 2017

  2. Research article

    The potential of a self-assessment tool to identify healthcare professionals’ strengths and areas in need of professional development to aid effective facilitation of group-based, person-centered diabetes education

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

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:166

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Descriptors for unprofessional behaviours of medical students: a systematic review and categorisation

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:164

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Evidence-based selection process to the Master of Public Health program at Medical University

    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).

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:157

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Toward a better judgment of item relevance in progress testing

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:151

    Published on: 5 September 2017

  6. Research article

    Observable phenomena that reveal medical students' clinical reasoning ability during expert assessment of their history taking: a qualitative study

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:147

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Specific entrustable professional activities for undergraduate medical internships: a method compatible with the academic curriculum

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:143

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Science of health care delivery milestones for undergraduate medical education

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:145

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Evaluation of large-group lectures in medicine – development of the SETMED-L (Student Evaluation of Teaching in MEDical Lectures) questionnaire

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:137

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Gender differences and similarities in medical students’ experiences of mistreatment by various groups of perpetrators

    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...

    Heidi Siller, Gloria Tauber, Nikola Komlenac and Margarethe Hochleitner

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:134

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  11. Research article

    Student preparedness characteristics important for clinical learning: perspectives of supervisors from medicine, pharmacy and nursing

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:130

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  12. Research article

    Performance of International Medical Students In psychosocial medicine

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:111

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  13. Research article

    Do medical students and young physicians assess reliably their self-efficacy regarding communication skills? A prospective study from end of medical school until end of internship

    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...

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

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:107

    Published on: 30 June 2017

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