Assessment and evaluation of admissions, knowledge, skills and attitudes

Section edited by Tim Wilkinson and Wendy Hu


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

    “On the same page”? The effect of GP examiner feedback on differences in rating severity in clinical assessments: a pre/post intervention study

    Robust and defensible clinical assessments attempt to minimise differences in student grades which are due to differences in examiner severity (stringency and leniency). Unfortunately there is little evidence ...

    Nancy Sturman, Remo Ostini, Wai Yee Wong, Jianzhen Zhang and Michael David

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:101

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  2. Research article

    Development of a written assessment for a national interprofessional cardiotocography education program

    To reduce the incidence of hypoxic brain injuries among newborns a national cardiotocography (CTG) education program was implemented in Denmark. A multiple-choice question test was integrated as part of the pr...

    Line Thellesen, Thomas Bergholt, Morten Hedegaard, Nina Palmgren Colov, Karl Bang Christensen, Kristine Sylvan Andersen and Jette Led Sorensen

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:88

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  3. Research article

    Different perceptions of narrative medicine between Western and Chinese medicine students

    Western medicine is an evidence-based science, whereas Chinese medicine is more of a healing art. To date, there has been no research that has examined whether students of Western and Chinese medicine differen...

    Chien-Da Huang, Kuo-Chen Liao, Fu-Tsai Chung, Hsu-Min Tseng, Ji-Tseng Fang, Shu-Chung Lii, Han-Pin Kuo, San-Jou Yeh and Shih-Tseng Lee

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:85

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  4. Research article

    Changing the culture of assessment: the dominance of the summative assessment paradigm

    Despite growing evidence of the benefits of including assessment for learning strategies within programmes of assessment, practical implementation of these approaches is often problematical. Organisational cul...

    Christopher J. Harrison, Karen D. Könings, Lambert W. T. Schuwirth, Valerie Wass and Cees P. M. van der Vleuten

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:73

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  5. Research article

    Examiner effect on the objective structured clinical exam – a study at five medical schools

    The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is increasingly used at medical schools to assess practical competencies. To compare the outcomes of students at different medical schools, we introduced st...

    Iris Schleicher, Karsten Leitner, Jana Juenger, Andreas Moeltner, Miriam Ruesseler, Bernd Bender, Jasmina Sterz, Karl-Friedrich Schuettler, Sarah Koenig and Joachim Gerhard Kreuder

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:71

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  6. Research article

    Exploring the tensions of being and becoming a medical educator

    Previous studies have identified tensions medical faculty encounter in their roles but not specifically those with a qualification in medical education. It is likely that those with postgraduate qualifications...

    Ahsan Sethi, Rola Ajjawi, Sean McAleer and Susie Schofield

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:62

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  7. Research article

    The development and validation of the clinicians’ awareness towards cognitive errors (CATChES) in clinical decision making questionnaire tool

    Despite their importance on diagnostic accuracy, there is a paucity of literature on questionnaire tools to assess clinicians’ awareness toward cognitive errors. A validation study was conducted to develop a q...

    Keng Sheng Chew, Yee Cheng Kueh and Adlihafizi Abdul Aziz

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:58

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Exploring the influence of cultural orientations on assessment of communication behaviours during patient-practitioner interactions

    Research has shown that patients’ and practitioners’ cultural orientations affect communication behaviors and interpretations in cross-cultural patient-practitioner interactions. Little is known about the effe...

    Kyle J. Wilby, Marjan J. B. Govaerts, Zubin Austin and Diana H. J. M. Dolmans

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:61

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Reliability and acceptability of six station multiple mini-interviews: past-behavioural versus situational questions in postgraduate medical admission

    The multiple mini-interview (MMI) is increasingly used for postgraduate medical admissions and in undergraduate settings. MMIs use mostly Situational Questions (SQs) rather than Past-Behavioural Questions (PBQ...

    Toru Yamada, Juichi Sato, Hiroshi Yoshimura, Tomoya Okubo, Eiji Hiraoka, Takashi Shiga, Tadao Kubota, Shigeki Fujitani, Junji Machi and Nobutaro Ban

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:57

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  10. Research article

    Relating professionalism and conscientiousness to develop an objective, scalar, proxy measure of professionalism in anaesthetic trainees

    The concept of professionalism is complex and subjective and relies on expert judgements. Currently, there are no existing objective measures of professionalism in anaesthesia. However, it is possible that at ...

    M. A. Sawdon, K. Whitehouse, G. M. Finn, J. C. McLachlan and D. Murray

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:49

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Factors that influence full-time MPH Students’ willingness in China: would You apply again for an MPH graduate degree if you had another opportunity?

    Current and emerging challenges to public health in the 21st century are vastly different from those faced in previous centuries. And the shortage of health personnel and their low level of educational qualifi...

    Nan Wang, Jinzhong Jia, Ke Wu, Yuanyuan Wang, Chi Zhang, Wei Cao, Liping Duan and Zhifeng Wang

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:39

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  12. Research article

    The information-giving skills of resident physicians: relationships with confidence and simulated patient satisfaction

    Sharing information is crucial for discussion of problems and treatment decision making by patients and physicians. However, the focus of communication skills training in undergraduate medical education has be...

    Hirono Ishikawa, Daisuke Son, Masato Eto, Kiyoshi Kitamura and Takahiro Kiuchi

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:34

    Published on: 8 February 2017

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