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  1. Previous studies addressing teaching and learning in point-of-care ultrasound have primarily focussed on image interpretation and not on the technical quality of the images. We hypothesized that a limited inte...

    Authors: Christian Alcaraz Frederiksen, Peter Juhl-Olsen, Dorte Guldbrand Nielsen, Berit Eika and Erik Sloth
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:65
  2. Primary care physicians (PCPs) provide ~50 % of all mental health services in the U.S. Given the widening gap between patient mental health needs and resources available to meet those needs, there is an increa...

    Authors: A Catalina Triana, Michael M Olson and Dorothy B Trevino
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:64
  3. The development, implementation and evaluation of assessments require considerable resources and often cannot be carried out by a single faculty/institution. Therefore some medical faculties have founded coope...

    Authors: Achim Hochlehnert, Konstantin Brass, Andreas Möltner, Jobst-Hendrik Schultz, John Norcini, Ara Tekian and Jana Jünger
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:63
  4. Virtual Patients (VPs) are web-based representations of realistic clinical cases. They are proposed as being an optimal method for teaching clinical reasoning skills. International standards exist which define...

    Authors: James Bateman, Maggie E Allen, Jane Kidd, Nick Parsons and David Davies
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:62
  5. The relationship between the sleep/wake habits and the academic performance of medical students is insufficiently addressed in the literature. This study aimed to assess the relationship between sleep habits a...

    Authors: Ahmed S BaHammam, Abdulrahman M Alaseem, Abdulmajeed A Alzakri, Aljohara S Almeneessier and Munir M Sharif
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:61
  6. In Iran, admission to medical school is based solely on the results of the highly competitive, nationwide Konkoor examination. This paper examines the predictive validity of Konkoor scores, alone and in combin...

    Authors: Yasin Farrokhi-Khajeh-Pasha, Saharnaz Nedjat, Aeen Mohammadi, Elaheh Malakan Rad, Reza Majdzadeh, Farshid Monajemi, Ehsan Jamali and Shahryar Yazdani
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:60
  7. Medical education in Iraq is poorly assessed and there is a general lack of documented knowledge about the challenges facing this field and the needs for its development. This study aimed to assess the existin...

    Authors: Abubakir M Saleh, Namir G Al-Tawil and Tariq S Al-Hadithi
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:59
  8. The increase in overall rates of cesarean sections (CS) in Brazil causes concern and it appears that multiple factors are involved in this fact. In 2009, undergraduate students in the first and final years of ...

    Authors: Tatiane Watanabe, Roxana Knobel, Guilherme Suchard, Mario Julio Franco, Eleonora d’Orsi, Elenice Bertanha Consonni and Marcos Consonni
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:57
  9. Prescribing is a complex and challenging task that must be part of a logical deductive process based on accurate and objective information and not an automated action, without critical thinking or a response t...

    Authors: Karina Pavão Patrício, Nycholas Adriano Borges Alves, Nadja Guazzi Arenales and Thais Thomaz Queluz
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:56
  10. Online medical education curricula offer new tools to teach and evaluate learners. The effect on educational outcomes of using learner feedback to guide curricular revision for online learning is unknown.

    Authors: Stephen D Sisson, Darius A Rastegar, Mark T Hughes, Amanda K Bertram and Hsin Chieh Yeh
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:55
  11. Professionalism in medical students is not only difficult to define but difficult to teach and measure. As negative behaviour in medical students is associated with post-graduate disciplinary action it would b...

    Authors: Andrew T Chaytor, Jacqueline Spence, Ann Armstrong and John C McLachlan
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:54
  12. Evidence suggests that continuing medical education improves the clinical competence of general practitioners and the quality of health care services. Thus, we evaluated the relative impact of two educational ...

    Authors: Javier Gongora-Ortega, Yolanda Segovia-Bernal, J de Jesus Valdivia-Martinez, J Martin Galaviz-deAnda and Carlos A Prado-Aguilar
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:53
  13. Multi-source feedback (MSF) offers doctors feedback on their performance from peers (medical colleagues), coworkers and patients. Researchers increasingly point to the fact that only a small majority of doctor...

    Authors: Karlijn Overeem, Hub C Wollersheimh, Onyebuchi A Arah, Juliette K Cruijsberg, Richard PTM Grol and Kiki MJMH Lombarts
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:52
  14. In workforces that are traditionally mobile and have long lead times for new supply, such as health, effective global indicators of tertiary education are increasingly essential. Difficulties with transportabi...

    Authors: Deborah C Saltman, Michael R Kidd, Debra Jackson and Michelle Cleary
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:51
  15. Skin cancers are the most common malignancies in Caucasian populations. Non-specialists are responsible for the initial assessment of skin lesions and are required to act as the gatekeepers to dermatological c...

    Authors: R Benjamin Aldridge, Susanne S Maxwell and Jonathan L Rees
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:27
  16. Beyond the adoption of the principles of horizontal and vertical integration, significant planning and implementation of curriculum reform is needed. This study aimed to assess the effect of the interdisciplin...

    Authors: Nasra N Ayuob, Basem S Eldeek, Lana A Alshawa and Abdulrahman F ALsaba
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:50
  17. The six year medical programme at the University of the Witwatersrand admits students into the programme through two routes – school entrants and graduate entrants. Graduates join the school entrants in the th...

    Authors: Lionel Patrick Green-Thompson, Patricia McInerney, Dianne Mary Manning, Ntsiki Mapukata-Sondzaba, Shalote Chipamaunga and Tlangelani Maswanganyi
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:49
  18. The measurement of empathy is important in the assessment of physician competence and patient outcomes. The prevailing view is that female physicians have higher empathy scores compared with male physicians. I...

    Authors: Hitomi U Kataoka, Norio Koide, Mohammadreza Hojat and Joseph S Gonnella
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:48
  19. Advocacy is increasingly being recognized as a core element of medical professionalism and efforts are underway to incorporate advocacy training into graduate and undergraduate medical school curricula. While ...

    Authors: Kristin M Huntoon, Colin J McCluney, Elizabeth A Wiley, Christopher A Scannell, Richard Bruno and Matthew J Stull
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:47
  20. Selection of the best medical students among applicants is debated and many different methods are used. Academic merits predict good academic performance, but students admitted by other pathways need not be le...

    Authors: Marie Dahlin, Stina Söderberg, Ulla Holm, Ingrid Nilsson and Lars-Ove Farnebo
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:46
  21. Evaluation is an integral part of medical education. Despite a wide use of various evaluation tools, little is known about student perceptions regarding the purpose and desired consequences of evaluation. Such...

    Authors: Sarah Schiekirka, Deborah Reinhardt, Susanne Heim, Götz Fabry, Tobias Pukrop, Sven Anders and Tobias Raupach
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:45
  22. The Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns (ACoRN) program was developed in Canada for trained health care providers for the identification and management of newborns who are at-risk and/or become unwell in the first ...

    Authors: Nalini Singhal, Jocelyn Lockyer, Herta Fidler, Khalid Aziz, Douglas McMillan, Xiangming Qiu, Xiaolu Ma, Lizhong Du and Shoo K Lee
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:44
  23. Anecdotal evidence points to variations in individual students’ evolving confidence in clinical and patient communication skills during a clinical internship. A better understanding of the specific aspects of ...

    Authors: Mark Hecimovich and Simone Volet
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:42
  24. The concept of virtual patients (VPs) encompasses a great variety of predominantly case-based e-learning modules with different complexity and fidelity levels. Methods for effective placement of VPs in the pro...

    Authors: Andrzej A Kononowicz, Paweł Krawczyk, Grzegorz Cebula, Marta Dembkowska, Edyta Drab, Bartosz Frączek, Aleksandra J Stachoń and Janusz Andres
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:41
  25. The participation of trainers and trainees in health research is critical to advance medical science. Overcoming barriers and enhancing incentives are essential to sustain a research culture and extend the fro...

    Authors: Boniface Ikenna Eze, Cajetan Uwaturuonye Nwadinigwe, Justin Achor, Emmanuel Nwabueze Aguwa, Anthony Mbah and Francis Ozoemena
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:40
  26. Questioning is one of the essential techniques used by lecturers to make lectures more interactive and effective. This study surveyed the perception of questioning techniques by medical school faculty members ...

    Authors: Young Hye Cho, Sang Yeoup Lee, Dong Wook Jeong, Sun Ju Im, Eun Jung Choi, Sun Hee Lee, Sun Yong Baek, Yun Jin Kim, Jeong Gyu Lee, Yu Hyone Yi, Mi Jin Bae and So Jung Yune
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:39
  27. The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Faculty of Medicine replaced its old content-based curriculum with an innovative new 6-year undergraduate entry outcomes-based integrated program in 2004. This paper is...

    Authors: Helen A Scicluna, Michael C Grimm, Anthony J O’Sullivan, Peter Harris, Louis S Pilotto, Philip D Jones and H Patrick McNeil
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:23
  28. Professionals are interested in using e-health but implementation of new methods is slow. Barriers to implementation include the need for training and limited awareness or experience. Research may not always c...

    Authors: Emily J Ashurst, Ray B Jones, Graham R Williamson, Tobit Emmens and Jon Perry
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:37
  29. Students may encounter difficulties when they have to apply clinical skills trained in their pre-clinical studies in clerkships. Early clinical exposure in the pre-clinical phase has been recommended to reduce...

    Authors: Doni Widyandana, Gerard Majoor and Albert Scherpbier
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:35
  30. There is general consent that empathy is crucial for the physician-patient relationship and thus an important issue in medical education. This comparative study was designed to examine the differences in empat...

    Authors: Sandra Dehning, Eshetu Girma, Sarah Gasperi, Sebastian Meyer, Markos Tesfaye and Matthias Siebeck
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:34
  31. In 2003 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education mandated work hour restrictions. Violations can results in a residency program being cited or placed on probation. Recurrent violations could re...

    Authors: Christopher G Maloney, Armand H Matheny Antommaria, James F Bale, Jian Ying, Tom Greene and Rajendu Srivastava
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:33
  32. The present study aimed at determining if the addition of spaced education to traditional face-to-face lectures increased the time students kept busy with the learning content of a theoretical radiological sci...

    Authors: Emeka Nkenke, Elefterios Vairaktaris, Anne Bauersachs, Stephan Eitner, Alexander Budach, Christian Knipfer and Florian Stelzle
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:32
  33. The application of new technologies to the education of health professionals is both a challenge and a necessity. Virtual worlds are increasingly being explored as a support for education. Aim: The aim of this...

    Authors: Elena Melús-Palazón, Cruz Bartolomé-Moreno, Juan Carlos Palacín-Arbués, Antonio Lafuente-Lafuente, Inmaculada García García, Sara Guillen, Ana B Esteban, Silvia Clemente, Ángeles M Marco, Pilar M Gargallo, Carlos López and Rosa Magallón-Botaya
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:30
  34. The Script Concordance Test (SCT) has not been reported in summative assessment of students across the multiple domains of a medical curriculum. We report the steps used to build a test for summative assessmen...

    Authors: Paul Duggan and Bernard Charlin
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:29
  35. Peer observation of Teaching involves observers providing descriptive feedback to their peers on learning and teaching practice as a means to improve quality of teaching. This study employed and assessed peer ...

    Authors: Peter B Sullivan, Alexandra Buckle, Gregg Nicky and Sarah H Atkinson
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:26
  36. With recent emphasis placed on workplace based assessment (WBA) as a method of formative performance assessment, there is limited evidence in the current literature regarding the role of feedback in improving ...

    Authors: Habiba Saedon, Shizalia Salleh, Arun Balakrishnan, Christopher HE Imray and Mahmud Saedon
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:25
  37. Hospital doctors face constantly increasing workloads. Besides caring for patients, their duties also comprise the education of future colleagues. The aim of this study was to objectively investigate whether t...

    Authors: Nora Celebi, Rodoula Tsouraki, Corinna Engel, Friederike Holderried, Reimer Riessen and Peter Weyrich
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:24
  38. Reflection is a meta-cognitive process, characterized by: 1. Awareness of self and the situation; 2. Critical analysis and understanding of both self and the situation; 3. Development of new perspectives to in...

    Authors: Sebastiaan Koole, Tim Dornan, Leen Aper, Bram De Wever, Albert Scherpbier, Martin Valcke, Janke Cohen-Schotanus and Anselme Derese
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:22
  39. An assessment programme, a purposeful mix of assessment activities, is necessary to achieve a complete picture of assessee competence. High quality assessment programmes exist, however, design requirements for...

    Authors: Joost Dijkstra, Robert Galbraith, Brian D Hodges, Pauline A McAvoy, Peter McCrorie, Lesley J Southgate, Cees PM Van der Vleuten, Val Wass and Lambert WT Schuwirth
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:20
  40. The management of medical conditions is influenced by whether clinicians regard them as "disease" or "not a disease". The aim of the survey was to determine how medical students classify a range of conditions ...

    Authors: Chrissy Erueti, Paul Glasziou, Chris Del Mar and Mieke L van Driel
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:19
  41. Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) gives a view to improved education. However, there is a need to clarify how TEL can be used effectively. The study compared students' attitudes and opinions towards a traditi...

    Authors: Emeka Nkenke, Elefterios Vairaktaris, Anne Bauersachs, Stephan Eitner, Alexander Budach, Christoph Knipfer and Florian Stelzle
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:18
  42. There has been little study of the role of the essay question in selection for medical school. The purpose of this study was to obtain a better understanding of how applicants approached the essay questions us...

    Authors: Jonathan White, Keith Brownell, Jean-Francois Lemay and Jocelyn M Lockyer
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:17

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