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  1. Of more than the 2,323 recognized and operating medical schools in 177 countries (world wide) not all are subjected to external evaluation and accreditation procedures. Quality Assurance in medical education i...

    Authors: Moses Galukande, Kenneth Opio, Noeline Nakasujja, William Buwembo, Stephen C Kijjambu, Shafik Dharamsi, Sam Luboga, Nelson K Sewankambo and Robert Woollard
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:73
  2. With the introduction of integrated problem-based learning (PBL) program in the medical curriculum, there is a need to create laboratory classes that suit students’ learning needs and the changes introduced to...

    Authors: Samy A Azer, Rana Hasanato, Sami Al-Nassar, Ali Somily and Muslim M AlSaadi
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:71
  3. Graduating Internal Medicine residents must possess sufficient skills to perform a variety of medical procedures. Little is known about resident experiences of acquiring procedural skills proficiency, of pract...

    Authors: Claire Touchie, Susan Humphrey-Murto and Lara Varpio
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:69
  4. Internationally, tests of general mental ability are used in the selection of medical students. Examples include the Medical College Admission Test, Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test an...

    Authors: Maureen E Kelly, Daniel Regan, Fidelma Dunne, Patrick Henn, John Newell and Siun O’Flynn
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:68
  5. History taking and empathetic communication are two important aspects in successful physician-patient interaction. Gathering important information from the patient’s medical history is needed for effective cli...

    Authors: Friedemann Ohm, Daniela Vogel, Susanne Sehner, Marjo Wijnen-Meijer and Sigrid Harendza
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:67
  6. Competition and education are intimately related and can be combined in many ways. The role of competition in medical education of evidence-based medicine (EBM) has not been investigated. In order to enhance t...

    Authors: Yi-Hao Weng, Ken N Kuo, Chun-Yuh Yang, Hsun-Hsiang Liao, Chiehfeng Chen, Heng-Lien Lo, Wui-Chiang Lee and Ya-Wen Chiu
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:66
  7. We evaluated a newly designed electronic portfolio (e-Portfolio) that provided quantitative evaluation of surgical skills. Medical students at the University of Seville used the e-Portfolio on a voluntary basi...

    Authors: Serafín Sánchez Gómez, Elisa María Cabot Ostos, Juan Manuel Maza Solano and Tomás Francisco Herrero Salado
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:65
  8. Mal-distribution of the health workforce with a strong bias for urban living is a major constraint to expanding midwifery services in Ghana. According to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) report, the h...

    Authors: Peter Ageyi-Baffour, Sarah Rominski, Emmanuel Nakua, Mawuli Gyakobo and Jody R Lori
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:64
  9. Clinical competencies in obstetrics and gynaecology have not been clearly defined for Australian medical students, the growing numbers of which may impact clinical teaching. Our aim was to administer and valid...

    Authors: Kristen Pierides, Paul Duggan, Anna Chur-Hansen and Amaya Gilson
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:62
  10. The current paradigm of arthroscopic training lacks objective evaluation oftechnical ability and its adequacy is concerning given the acceleratingcomplexity of the field. To combat insufficiencies, emphasis is...

    Authors: Justin L Hodgins and Christian Veillette
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:61
  11. Central line catheter insertion is a complex procedure with a high cognitive load for novices. Providing a prepackaged all-inclusive kit is a simple measure that may reduce the cognitive load. We assessed whet...

    Authors: Yelena Fenik, Nora Celebi, Robert Wagner, Christoph Nikendei, Frederike Lund, Stephan Zipfel, Reimer Riessen and Peter Weyrich
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:60
  12. The importance of strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education continues to grow as society, medicine, and the economy become increasingly focused and dependent upon bioscientific and tec...

    Authors: Misti Ault Anderson and James Giordano
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:58
  13. Health science education faces numerous challenges: assimilation of knowledge, management of increasing numbers of learners or changes in educational models and methodologies. With the emergence of e-learning,...

    Authors: Georges Bediang, Beat Stoll, Antoine Geissbuhler, Axel M Klohn, Astrid Stuckelberger, Samuel Nko’o and Philippe Chastonay
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:57
  14. With the increasing use of competency-based evaluations we now have more and better ways to identify performance deficiencies in our learners. Yet the emphasis placed on identifying deficiencies appears to exc...

    Authors: Kevin McLaughlin, Pamela Veale, Joann McIlwrick, Janet de Groot and Bruce Wright
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:56
  15. Learning physical examination skills is an essential element of medical education. Teaching strategies include practicing the skills either alone or in-group. It is unclear whether students benefit more from t...

    Authors: Bernard Martineau, Sílvia Mamede, Christina St-Onge, Remy MJP Rikers and Henk G Schmidt
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:55
  16. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities promotes equal rights of people with a disability in all aspects of their life including their education. In Australia, Disability Discri...

    Authors: Andrea Bialocerkowski, Amanda Johnson, Trevor Allan and Kirrilee Phillips
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:54
  17. Although the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) General Medical Council (GMC) recommends that graduating medical students are competent to discuss obesity and behaviour change with patients, it is difficult to integrate ...

    Authors: Anna Chisholm, Karen Mann, Sarah Peters and Jo Hart
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:53
  18. Health care undergraduate students are expected to practice evidence-based after they graduate. Previous research indicates that students face several problems with transferring evidence-based practice to real...

    Authors: Nina R Olsen, Peter Bradley, Kirsten Lomborg and Monica W Nortvedt
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:52
  19. While there is evidence to suggest that teaching practices in clinical education should include activities that more accurately reflect the real world, many educators base their teaching on transmission models...

    Authors: Michael Rowe, Jose Frantz and Vivienne Bozalek
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:51
  20. The accuracy of self-assessment has been questioned in studies comparing physicians’ self-assessments to observed assessments; however, none of these studies used self-efficacy as a method for self-assessment.

    Authors: Jette Ammentorp, Janus Laust Thomsen, Dorte Ejg Jarbøl, René Holst, Anne Lindebo Holm Øvrehus and Poul-Erik Kofoed
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:49
  21. Students who fail to thrive on the Nottingham undergraduate medical course frequently suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health problems. These difficulties may be the cause, or the result of, aca...

    Authors: David James, Janet Yates and Eamonn Ferguson
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:48
  22. Competence in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is unrelated to traditional measures of TTE competence, such as duration of training and number of examinations performed. This study aims to explore aspects ...

    Authors: Dorte Guldbrand Nielsen, Ole Gotzsche and Berit Eika
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:47
  23. The need for effective training of primary care physicians in the prevention, detection and handling of intimate partner violence (IPV) has been widely acknowledged, given its frequency in daily practice. The ...

    Authors: Maria Papadakaki, Eleni Petridou, Manolis Kogevinas and Christos Lionis
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:46
  24. Virtual patients (VPs) have a long tradition in the curriculum of the medical faculty at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich. However, the pediatric VPs were not well integrated into the curriculum ...

    Authors: Esther M Maier, Inga Hege, Ania C Muntau, Johanna Huber and Martin R Fischer
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:45
  25. Research on emotional intelligence (EI) suggests that it is associated with more pro-social behavior, better academic performance and improved empathy towards patients. In medical education and clinical practi...

    Authors: Boon How Chew, Azhar Md Zain and Faezah Hassan
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:44
  26. Transnational or cross-border higher education has rapidly expanded since the 1980s. Together with that expansion issues on quality assurance came to the forefront. This article aims to identify key issues reg...

    Authors: Prisca A C Zwanikken, Bernadette Peterhans, Lorraine Dardis and Albert Scherpbier
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:43
  27. The challenge of imparting a large amount of knowledge within a limited time period in a way it is retained, remembered and effectively interpreted by a student is considerable. This has resulted in crucial ch...

    Authors: Lasitha Samarakoon, Tharanga Fernando, Chaturaka Rodrigo and Senaka Rajapakse
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:42
  28. The proliferation of clinical ethics in health care institutions around the world has raised the question about the qualifications of those who serve on ethics committees and ethics consultation services. This...

    Authors: George J Agich
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:41
  29. Today, women constitute about half of medical students in several Western societies, yet women physicians are still underrepresented in surgical specialties and clustered in other branches of medicine. Gender ...

    Authors: Saima Diderichsen, Eva E Johansson, Petra Verdonk, Toine Lagro-Janssen and Katarina Hamberg
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:39
  30. To understand the influence of the number of years spent at an Australian rural clinical school (RCS) on graduate current, preferred current and intended location for rural workforce practice.

    Authors: Lesley Forster, Hassan Assareh, Lisa D Watts and Craig S McLachlan
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:37
  31. Despite the widespread use of multiple-choice assessments in medical education assessment, current practice and published advice concerning the number of response options remains equivocal. This article descri...

    Authors: Nathan Zoanetti, Mark Beaves, Patrick Griffin and Euan M Wallace
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:35
  32. There is evidence that graduates of different medical schools vary in their preparedness for their first post. In 2003 Goldacre et al. reported that over 40% of UK medical graduates did not feel prepared and foun...

    Authors: Jan C Illing, Gill M Morrow, Charlotte R Rothwell nee Kergon, Bryan C Burford, Beate K Baldauf, Carol L Davies, Ed B Peile, John A Spencer, Neil Johnson, Maggie Allen and Jill Morrison
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:34
  33. Educational institutions play an important role in encouraging student engagement, being necessary to know how engaged are students at university and if this factor is involved in student success point and fol...

    Authors: Maria J Casuso-Holgado, Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas, Noelia Moreno-Morales, Maria T Labajos-Manzanares, Francisco J Barón-López and Manuel Vega-Cuesta
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:33
  34. The mini-CEX is a valid and reliable method to assess the clinical competencies of trainees. Its data could be useful for educators to redesign curriculum as a process of quality improvement. The aim of this s...

    Authors: Kuo-Chen Liao, Shou-Jin Pu, Maw-Sen Liu, Chih-Wei Yang and Han-Pin Kuo
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:31
  35. Educational computer games are examples of computer-assisted learning objects, representing an educational strategy of growing interest. Given the changes in the digital world over the last decades, students o...

    Authors: Silmara Rondon, Fernanda Chiarion Sassi and Claudia Regina Furquim de Andrade
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:30
  36. Inexperienced interns are responsible for most iatrogenic complications after urethral catheterization (UC). Although training on simulators is common, little is known about the transfer of learned skills to r...

    Authors: Tobias Todsen, Mikael V Henriksen, Charles B Kromann, Lars Konge, Jesper Eldrup and Charlotte Ringsted
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:29
  37. Medical knowledge encompasses both conceptual (facts or “what” information) and procedural knowledge (“how” and “why” information). Conceptual knowledge is known to be an essential prerequisite for clinical pr...

    Authors: Ralf Schmidmaier, Stephan Eiber, Rene Ebersbach, Miriam Schiller, Inga Hege, Matthias Holzer and Martin R Fischer
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:28
  38. Although preparation for educational activities is considered beneficial for student learning, many students do not perform preparatory assignments. This phenomenon has received little attention in the literat...

    Authors: Marlien W Aalbers, Juliette Hommes, Jan-Joost Rethans, Tjaart Imbos, Arno MM Muijtjens and Maarten G M Verwijnen
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:27
  39. Student choice plays a prominent role in the undergraduate curriculum in many contemporary medical schools. A key unanswered question relates to its impact on academic performance.

    Authors: Michael J Murphy, Rohini DeA Seneviratne, Lynda Cochrane, Margery H Davis and Gary J Mires
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:26
  40. Previous research has shown that Dutch medical residents feel inadequate in certain management areas: 85% had a need for management training and reported preferences on the format of such training. Our objecti...

    Authors: Lizanne Berkenbosch, Suzanne Gerdien Schoenmaker, Susannah Ahern, Charlotte Søjnæs, Linda Snell, Albert J J A Scherpbier and Jamiu O Busari
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:25
  41. The assessment of the performance of medical school graduates during their first postgraduate years provides an early indicator of the quality of the undergraduate curriculum and educational process. The objec...

    Authors: Fatima Taleb Abadel and Abdulla Saeed Hattab
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:24
  42. Currently only a few reports exist on how to prepare medical students for skills laboratory training. We investigated how students and tutors perceive a blended learning approach using virtual patients (VPs) a...

    Authors: Ronny Lehmann, Hans Martin Bosse, Anke Simon, Christoph Nikendei and Sören Huwendiek
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2013 13:23

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