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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

    Medical student selection and assessment share an underlying high stakes context with the need for valid and reliable tools. This study examined the predictive validity of three tools commonly used in Australi...

    Authors: Ruth M. Sladek, Malcolm J. Bond, Linda K. Frost and Kirsty N. Prior

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:187

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Health provider racial/ethnic bias and its relationship to clinical decision-making is an emerging area of research focus in understanding and addressing ethnic health inequities. Examining potential racial/et...

    Authors: Ricci Harris, Donna Cormack, Elana Curtis, Rhys Jones, James Stanley and Cameron Lacey

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:173

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The medical ward round is a central but complex activity that is of relevance from the first day of work. However, difficulties for young doctors have been reported. Instruction of ward round competence in med...

    Authors: Teresa Wölfel, Esther Beltermann, Christian Lottspeich, Elisa Vietz, Martin R. Fischer and Ralf Schmidmaier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:174

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The influence, legitimacy and application of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) in the world is growing as a tool that integrates, the best available evidence to decision making in patient care. Our goal was to ide...

    Authors: Karen A. Aguirre-Raya, María F. Castilla-Peón, Leticia A. Barajas-Nava, Violeta Torres-Rodríguez, Onofre Muñoz-Hernández and Juan Garduño-Espinosa

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:166

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  5. Content type: Research article

    International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are known to perform less well in many postgraduate medical examinations when compared to their UK trained counterparts. This “differential attainment” is observed in bot...

    Authors: Anju Verma, Ann Griffin, Jane Dacre and Andrew Elder

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:162

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The attitudes of healthcare professionals towards HIV positive patients and high risk groups are central to the quality of care and therefore to the management of HIV/AIDS related stigma in health settings. Ex...

    Authors: Keivan Ahmadi, Daniel D. Reidpath, Pascale Allotey and Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:155

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Effective communication with patients impacts clinical outcome and patient satisfaction. We measure the rate at which medical students use six targeted communication elements with patients and association of e...

    Authors: Joseph S. Turner, Katie E. Pettit, Bryce B. Buente, Aloysius J. Humbert, Anthony J. Perkins and Jeffrey A. Kline

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:150

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Written comments by medical student supervisors provide written foundation for grade narratives and deans’ letters and play an important role in student’s professional development. Written comments are widely ...

    Authors: Lauren Gulbas, William Guerin and Hilary F. Ryder

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:145

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In standard setting techniques involving panels of judges, the attributes of judges may affect the cut-scores. This simulation study modelled the effect of the number of judges and test items, as well as the i...

    Authors: Boaz Shulruf, Tim Wilkinson, Jennifer Weller, Philip Jones and Phillippa Poole

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:134

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that poor performance on standardized tests before and early in medical school is associated with poor performance on standardized tests later in medical school and beyond. This study aimed t...

    Authors: Petra M. Casey, Brian A. Palmer, Geoffrey B. Thompson, Torrey A. Laack, Matthew R. Thomas, Martha F. Hartz, Jani R. Jensen, Benjamin J. Sandefur, Julie E. Hammack, Jerry W. Swanson, Robert D. Sheeler and Joseph P. Grande

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:128

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Failure to recognize and appropriately manage dengue early in the clinical course may result in late initiation of supportive treatment for severe disease. In Florida, travel-related and autochthonous dengue o...

    Authors: Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, Aileen Chang, Renee Jiddou-Yaldoo, Kay M. Tomashek, Danielle Stanek, Leena Anil and Paola Lichtenberger

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:124

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  12. Content type: Research article

    It has been realised that there is need to have medical training closer to communities where the majority of the population lives in order to orient the trainees’ attitudes towards future practice in such comm...

    Authors: Lynn M. Atuyambe, Rhona K. Baingana, Simon P. S. Kibira, Anne Katahoire, Elialilia Okello, David K. Mafigiri, Florence Ayebare, Henry Oboke, Christine Acio, Kintu Muggaga, Scovia Mbalinda, Ruth Nabaggala, Gad Ruzaaza, Wilfred Arubaku, Samantha Mary, Peter Akera…

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:123

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Basic skills in evidence-based medicine (EbM) are indispensable for healthcare professionals to promote consumer-centred, evidence-based treatment. EbM training courses are complex interventions – a fact that ...

    Authors: Lars Hecht, Susanne Buhse and Gabriele Meyer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:103

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The achievement goal theory defines two major foci of students’ learning goals (1) primarily interested in truly mastering a task (mastery orientation), and (2) striving to show ones competences to others (per...

    Authors: Ada Kool, Tim Mainhard, Mieke Brekelmans, Peter van Beukelen and Debbie Jaarsma

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:100

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The motivation to volunteer on a medical service trip (MST) may involve more than a simple desire for philanthropy. Some volunteers may be motivated by an intrinsic interest in volunteering in which the contex...

    Authors: John Rovers, Kelsey Japs, Erica Truong and Yogesh Shah

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:94

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  16. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing perception that the left handed (LH) medical students are facing difficulties while performing the clinical tasks that involve psychomotor skill, although the evidence is very limited and di...

    Authors: Sami Alnassar, Aljoharah Nasser Alrashoudi, Mody Alaqeel, Hala Alotaibi, Alanoud Alkahel, Waseem Hajjar, Ghadeer Al-shaikh, Abdulaziz Alsaif, Shafiul Haque and Sultan Ayoub Meo

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:97

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Although a core element in patient care the trajectory of empathy during undergraduate medical education remains unclear. Empathy is generally regarded as comprising an affective capacity: the ability to be se...

    Authors: Thelma A Quince, Paul Kinnersley, Jonathan Hales, Ana da Silva, Helen Moriarty, Pia Thiemann, Sarah Hyde, James Brimicombe, Diana Wood, Matthew Barclay and John Benson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:92

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Evidence for the predictive validity of situational judgement tests (SJTs) and multiple-mini interviews (MMIs) is well-established in undergraduate selection contexts, however at present there is less evidence...

    Authors: Fiona Patterson, Emma Rowett, Robert Hale, Marcia Grant, Chris Roberts, Fran Cousans and Stuart Martin

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:87

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Shared learning activities aim to enhance the collaborative skills of health students and professionals in relation to both colleagues and patients. The Readiness for Interprofessional Learning Scale is used t...

    Authors: Birgitte Nørgaard, Eva Draborg and Jan Sørensen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:60

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Medical schools try to implement selection procedures that will allow them to select the most motivated students for their programs. Though there is a general feeling that selection stimulates student motivati...

    Authors: Anouk Wouters, Gerda Croiset, Francisca Galindo-Garre and Rashmi A. Kusurkar

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:37

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  21. Content type: Research article

    A caring, compassionate practitioner of the medical arts is the idealized version of what makes a good doctor. If asked to think of a painting of a doctor we most likely conjure an image of a physician sitting...

    Authors: Nicholas J. Batley, Zeina Nasreddine, Ali Chami, Dina Zebian, Rana Bachir and Hussein A. Abbas

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:36

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Although influenza vaccination has been demonstrated to be safe and effective, vaccination coverage rates among health care workers and among medical residents appear generally low. Several investigations have...

    Authors: Claudio Costantino, Emanuele Amodio, Giuseppe Calamusa, Francesco Vitale and Walter Mazzucco

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:38

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The clinical training of medical students in clerkship is crucial to their future practice in healthcare services. This study investigates burnout during a 2-year clerkship training period as well as the role ...

    Authors: Cheng-Chieh Lin, Blossom Yen-Ju Lin and Chia-Der Lin

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:30

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a core component of undergraduate medical student assessment. With increased emphasis on integrated programmes, more courses include OSCEs in the traditional...

    Authors: Daniel S. Furmedge, Laura-Jane Smith and Alison Sturrock

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:32

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The Wilmer General Eye Services (GES) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital is the clinic where residents provide supervised comprehensive medical and surgical care to ophthalmology patients. The clinic schedule and s...

    Authors: Eric Singman, Divya Srikumaran, Kathy Hackett, Brian Kaplan, Albert Jun, Derek Preece and Pradeep Ramulu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:29

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Both research and clinical medicine requires similar attributes of efficiency, diligence and effective teamwork. Furthermore, residents must succeed at scholarship and patient care to be competitive for fellow...

    Authors: Luke A. Seaburg, Amy T. Wang, Colin P. West, Darcy A. Reed, Andrew J. Halvorsen, Gregory Engstler, Amy S. Oxentenko and Thomas J. Beckman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:22

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Studies investigating the effectiveness of delirium e-learning tools in clinical practice are scarce. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of a delirium e-learning tool on healthcare workers’ delir...

    Authors: Elke Detroyer, Fabienne Dobbels, Deborah Debonnaire, Kate Irving, Andrew Teodorczuk, Donna M. Fick, Etienne Joosten and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:17

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  28. Content type: Debate

    Assessment of consulting skills using simulated patients is widespread in medical education. Most research into such assessment is sited in a statistical paradigm that focuses on psychometric properties or rep...

    Authors: Sarah Atkins, Celia Roberts, Kamila Hawthorne and Trisha Greenhalgh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:16

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  29. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasingly growing trend towards integrating scientific research training into undergraduate medical education. Communication, research and organisational/learning skills are core competences acq...

    Authors: Laura Ribeiro, Milton Severo and Maria Amélia Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:18

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Medical students have historically largely come from more affluent parts of society, leading many countries to seek to broaden access to medical careers on the grounds of social justice and the perceived benef...

    Authors: Kathryn Steven, Jon Dowell, Cathy Jackson and Bruce Guthrie

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:11

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Unsafe abortions are estimated to cause eight per-cent of maternal mortality in India. Lack of providers, especially in rural areas, is one reason unsafe abortions take place despite decades of legal abortion....

    Authors: Susanne Sjöström, Birgitta Essén, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson and Marie Klingberg-Allvin

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:8

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The goal of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Competency-based Medical Education (CBME) is to establish a minimal level of competence. The purpose of this study was to 1) to determine the...

    Authors: Tim Dwyer, Sarah Wright, Kulamakan Mahan Kulasegaram, John Theodoropoulos, Jaskarndip Chahal, David Wasserstein, Charlotte Ringsted, Brian Hodges and Darrell Ogilvie-Harris

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:1

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Evaluations of clinical assessments that use judgement-based methods have frequently shown them to have sub-optimal reliability and internal validity evidence for their interpretation and intended use. The aim...

    Authors: D. A. McGill, C. P. M. van der Vleuten and M. J. Clarke

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:237

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The Physician Quality Improvement Initiative (PQII) uses a well-established multi-source feedback program, and incorporates an additional facilitated feedback review with their department chief. The purpose of...

    Authors: Kirsten Wentlandt, Andrea Bracaglia, James Drummond, Lindsay Handren, Joshua McCann, Catherine Clarke, Niki Degendorfer and Charles K. Chan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:230

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  35. Content type: Research article

    In previous studies, deficiencies in nursing students’ medication competence have been highlighted. However, the focus of research has been limited especially to medication calculation competence and factors a...

    Authors: Virpi Sulosaari, Risto Huupponen, Maija Hupli, Pauli Puukka, Kirsti Torniainen and Helena Leino-Kilpi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:223

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Workplace-based formative assessments using consultation observation are currently conducted during the Australian general practice training program. Assessment reliability is improved by using multiple assess...

    Authors: Gerard Ingham, Jennifer Fry, Simon Morgan and Bernadette Ward

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:218

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Colonoscopy is a difficult cognitive-perceptual-motor task. Designing an appropriate instructional program for such a task requires an understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes underpinning the comp...

    Authors: Christine M. Zupanc, Robin Burgess-Limerick, Andrew Hill, Stephan Riek, Guy M. Wallis, Annaliese M. Plooy, Mark S. Horswill, Marcus O. Watson and David G. Hewett

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:216

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Despite the widespread recognition of the importance of mentoring in medical education, valid and reliable instruments for evaluating the relationship of mentors and protégés are lacking. The aim of this study...

    Authors: Matthias Schäfer, Tanja Pander, Severin Pinilla, Martin R. Fischer, Philip von der Borch and Konstantinos Dimitriadis

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:201

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Valid and reliable instruments are required to measure the effect of educational interventions to improve evidence-based practice (EBP) knowledge and skills in occupational therapy. The aims of this paper are ...

    Authors: Helen Buchanan, Jennifer Jelsma and Nandi Siegfried

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:191

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Critical thinking is an essential ability for medical students. However, the relationship between parental rearing styles and medical students’ critical thinking disposition has rarely been considered. The aim...

    Authors: Lei Huang, Zhaoxin Wang, Yuhong Yao, Chang Shan, Haojie Wang, Mengyi Zhu, Yuan Lu, Pengfei Sun and Xudong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:88

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Professional self-identity [PSI] can be defined as the degree to which an individual identifies with his or her professional group. Several authors have called for a better understanding of the processes by wh...

    Authors: Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt, James Crossley and Deborah Murdoch-Eaton

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:83

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise investigations may involve a test of competence for doctors with performance concerns. Concern has been raised about the suitability of the test format for doc...

    Authors: Leila Mehdizadeh, Alison Sturrock and Jane Dacre

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:80

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  43. Content type: Research article

    We have previously demonstrated that both coming from a rural background and spending a year-long clinical rotation in our Rural Clinical School (RCS) have independent and additive effects to increase the like...

    Authors: Ian B Puddey, Annette Mercer, Denese E Playford and Geoffrey J Riley

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:74

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) mostly uses ‘Situational’ Questions (SQs) as an interview format within a station, rather than ‘Past-Behavioural’ Questions (PBQs), which are most frequently adopted in tradit...

    Authors: Hiroshi Yoshimura, Hidetaka Kitazono, Shigeki Fujitani, Junji Machi, Takuya Saiki, Yasuyuki Suzuki and Gominda Ponnamperuma

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:75

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    1.511 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.938 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.169 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
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