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4th year blended learning

The fourth year of medical school has value after all

Graduating students from the University of Colorado, which has very few fourth-year requirements, were asked about the utility of the fourth year.  These students felt that the fourth year served several important goals...MORE

Effectiveness of Blended Learning

University of Buffalo educators compared teaching methods for their public health course.  One semester the teaching method was the traditional lecture format with some small group sessions..  The following year, the course was taught with a...MORE
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Does emotional intelligence predict a good medical student?

The quick answer is:  No.  Researchers in Ottawa administered a widely-used emotional intelligence test to matriculating students and looked at various educational outcomes.  Not surprisingly, there was no correlation between emotional intelligence and...MORE

Student mistreatment is partly in the eye of the beholder  

In this interesting focus group study, 41 senior medical students from McGill were asked to comment on suboptimal learning experiences and mistreatment.  Ninety percent reported any mistreatment during medical school; about half of the incidents had been officially reported by ...MORE
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Loss of Idealism

This study is a continuation of a prior study which surveyed first and second year medical students as to their motivation in selecting medicine as a career, factors influencing their specialty choice, and opinions about primary care...MORE 

E-Learning versus Classroom Lectures

This small study compared e-learning with traditional lecture-type learning.  Two groups of 5th year dental students, with similar GPAs, were given the same course but with different teaching modalities.  One group was required to attend conventional lectures...MORE
QI medical mistakes

Residents/fellows and hospitals line up incentives for quality improvement (QI) 

Educators at UCSF describe a robust QI program which had an impressive level of accomplishment of shared quality, satisfaction, and operational goals.  Examples are compliance with hand hygiene...MORE


Our learners watch us make mistakes

Martinez and colleagues surveyed residents and medical students for experiences, behaviors, and attitudes regarding medical errors and disclosure.  Medical errors had been observed by most learners and committed by......MORE


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What should an intern know in July? 

Internal medicine program directors were surveyed regarding the skills that interns should have on arrival to their programs.  No clinical educator should be surprised that the number one skill was “Knowing when to seek assistance”, ranked as high...MORE


Workplace learning for medical students

Two studies examine how students learn during clinical rotations.  In a UK study (Steven et al), 22 students reflected in real time on audio diaries about their clinical interactions.  Students were dependent on physicians to facilitate their learning...MORE


feedback ebm

What do your students really think about your feedback? The answer may surprise you.

Most of the research on feedback has focused on how educators should give feedback. In the recent years, there has been increasing attention to...MORE

Evidence on best ways to teach evidence-based medicine is lacking

In this systematic review of randomized controlled studies of EBM teaching, authors identified only 9 studies that met their inclusion criteria...MORE


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Adopting a blended learning approach to teaching evidence based medicine: a mixed methods study

Two delivery methods for teaching Evidence Based medicine (EBM), a didactic approach and a blended-learning approach, were compared.  Students’ competencies in EBM, performance on criterion-based assessment tasks, as well as students perceptions on...MORE

The assessment of a structured online formative assessment program: a randomised controlled trial

On-line formative activities are most useful when linked to an assessment.  Students’ activity and performance on clinical case exercises posted on-line were followed for two years.  The first year exercises were only recommended...MORE

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Lots of Barriers to Bedside Rounding 

Peer-identified “respected bedside teachers” were interviewed and identified multiple barriers to bedside rounding, including systems issues (e.g. geography, small rooms and large teams), time pressures, and low learner comfort ..MORE

Students in Longitudinal Clerkships Develop Similar Skills to Students in Traditional Clerkships

Two different studies looked at performance of learners trained in longitundinal clerkships, showing similar performance to learners who trained in traditional block clerkships...MORE


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Thinking About Decisions

We know very little about how clinicians should, or do, make decisions.  Most theories support the existence of “fast” (intuitive) and “slow” (reflective) thinking in most cases...MORE

Interprofessional Education in Outpatient Clinic Huddles

A VA clinic launched a novel method of interprofessional education by requiring that medicine residents and nurse practitioner students attend daily clinic huddles...MORE


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A New Approach To Oral Presentations For Night Float Admissions

The authors of this interesting viewpoint propose a new purpose and structure in presenting night float admissions. Rather than adhering to the traditional approach of providing a...MORE


Improving Handoffs to Reduce Medical Errors.

In a before/after study involving 84 pediatric residents at a US teaching hospital, implementation of a multifaceted handoff program was associated with a significant reduction in medical errors ...MORE
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Medical Errors – Making Them and Disclosing Them

Mamede et al studied internal medicine residents who were given written cases to solve.  Some of the cases contained salient distracting clinical features, or “red herrings”...

How Do You Deliver A Good Obstetrician?

In this interesting (and well-named) article, investigators tracked complication rates from hospital-based deliveries performed by experienced obstetricians in New York and Florida  ...



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