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  1. During the last decade medical students from most Western countries have shown little interest in family practice. Understanding the factors that influence medical students to choose family medicine is crucial.

    Authors: Anna Selva Olid, Amando Martín Zurro, Josep Jiménez Villa, Antonio Monreal Hijar, Xavier Mundet Tuduri, Ángel Otero Puime, Gemma Mas Dalmau and Pablo Alonso‐ Coello
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:81
  2. As life expectancy increases, dementia incidence will also increase, creating a greater need for physicians well-trained to provide integrated geriatric care. However, research suggests medical students have l...

    Authors: Angela L Jefferson, Nicole G Cantwell, Laura K Byerly and Darby Morhardt
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:80
  3. Medical students in clerkship are continuously confronted with real and relevant patient problems. To support clinical problem solving skills, students perform a Critical Appraisal of a Topic (CAT) task, often...

    Authors: Willem JM Koops, Cees PM van der Vleuten, Bas A de Leng and Luc HEH Snoeckx
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:79
  4. According to recent surveys, 59% of British medical schools and 90% of US medical schools have courses or content on spirituality and health (S/H). There is little research, however, on the teaching of S/H in ...

    Authors: Giancarlo Lucchetti, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Daniele Corcioli Mendes Espinha, Leandro Romani de Oliveira, José Roberto Leite and Harold G Koenig
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:78
  5. Patients are particularly susceptible to medical error during transitions from inpatient to outpatient care. We evaluated discharge summaries produced by incoming postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) internal medicine ...

    Authors: Kimberly Legault, Jacqueline Ostro, Zahira Khalid, Parveen Wasi and John J You
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:77
  6. Reflection on professional experience is increasingly accepted as a critical attribute for health care practice; however, evidence that it has a positive impact on performance remains scarce. This study invest...

    Authors: Sebastiaan Koole, Tim Dornan, Leen Aper, Albert Scherpbier, Martin Valcke, Janke Cohen-Schotanus and Anselme Derese
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:75
  7. Empathy is a central characteristic of medical professionalism and has recently gained attention in medical education research. The Jefferson Scale of Empathy is the most commonly used measure of empathy world...

    Authors: Helena BMS Paro, Renata M Daud-Gallotti, Iolanda C Tibério, Rogério MC Pinto and Mílton A Martins
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:73
  8. Healthcare providers’ attitudes toward sexual minorities influence patient comfort and outcomes. This study characterized medical student attitudes toward gay men, focusing on behavior, personhood, gay civil r...

    Authors: Kabir Matharu, Richard L Kravitz, Graham T McMahon, Machelle D Wilson and Faith T Fitzgerald
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:71
  9. At present, what students read after an outpatient encounter is largely left up to them. Our objective was to evaluate the education efficacy of a clinical education model in which the student moves through a ...

    Authors: Martin V Pusic, Wendy A MacDonald, Harley O Eisman and John B Black
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:70
  10. Over two-thirds of UK medical schools are augmenting their selection procedures for medical students by using the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), which employs tests of cognitive and non-cogniti...

    Authors: Jane Adam, Miles Bore, Jean McKendree, Don Munro and David Powis
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:69
  11. The health care system of Ethiopia is facing a serious shortage of health workforce. While a number of strategies have been developed to improve the training and retention of medical doctors in the country, un...

    Authors: Wakgari Deressa and Aklilu Azazh
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:68
  12. Self-regulation is essential for professional development. It involves monitoring of performance, identifying domains for improvement, undertaking learning activities, applying newly learned knowledge and skil...

    Authors: Margaretha H Sagasser, Anneke WM Kramer and Cees PM van der Vleuten
    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2012 12:67
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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

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