The Challenges of Assessing Skills: Taking Patient Histories and Conducting Physical Exams

By on October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Do secure exams adequately assess a physician’s skill to take a patient’s history and perform routine physicals?

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Should simulation be more widely used?

By on October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Can medical simulation be used to assess physicians’ procedural skills?

By on October 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Research shows that medical simulation in many forms can be a powerful mechanism to help physicians acquire and maintain clinical skills. There is no doubt that medical simulation works as a teaching tool, but what about physician assessment?

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What Effect Does the Hidden Curriculum Have on Assessment?

By on October 2, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Physician Assessment and the Hidden Curriculum

By on September 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

How can physicians—and their subsequent assessors—know a right answer on a multiple-choice exam without understanding the values and preferences of the patient?

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The Doctor-Patient Relationship

By on September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Dear New Doctor…

By on September 11, 2014 | 13 Comments

I am your patient. They may not have mentioned this to you in medical school, but I am your partner. I am keenly invested in your success so that you can help me lead a successful, healthy life. If I may be so bold, I’d like to make the following suggestions (since I’ve been a patient for a long time and you are just starting out)…

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Open- or Closed-Book Exams?

By on September 3, 2014 | 3 Comments

Should physicians be able to access external resources in testing situations or should exams remain closed-book to test their core knowledge? Weigh in on our poll.

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Closed-Book Exams in the Age of “Just Look It Up” Medicine

By on August 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

This post was written by Assessment 2020 task force member Steven Durning.

The field of medicine continues to grow at an extraordinary pace. Every year brings new advances in clinical care and best practices, and research shows physicians cannot possibly keep up [1].

Of course, today’s physicians have more resources than ever in the exam room to [...]

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How does technology affect patient care?

By on August 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

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