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BMC Medical Education

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. Content type: Research article

    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

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  2. Content type: Research article

    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

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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

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  5. Content type: Research article

    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

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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

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  9. Content type: Research article

    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

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  10. Content type: Research article

    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

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  11. Content type: Research article

    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

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  12. Content type: Research article

    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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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

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  18. Content type: Research article

    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

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