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The extent to which the results of a study can be attributed to the intervention under investigation(i.e., internal validity) is an important consideration in interpreting study findings. There are many threats to the internal validity of designs frequently used in medical education research....
Standardized patient examinations (SPE)are widely used in medical education to assess skillsthat cannot be measured with written examinations.Trained actors termed standardized patients (SPs) areused to simulate patients with specific medicalproblems. SPs typically use behaviorally...
In spite of numerous curricular innovations, the problems medical students encounter in making the transition from theoretical training to clinical training remain unresolved and the problem has received scant attention in the literature. We performed a qualitative study to explore students'...
An experiment of progress testing for postgraduate medical education was evaluated for the psychometric properties and evaluation utilities of its outcome. Psychometric analysis emphasized reliability, construct validity, exam structure, and equating quality, while analysis of evaluation value...
What we believe about the nature of teaching has important implications for faculty development. In this article we contrast three different beliefs about the nature of teaching and highlight the implications for faculty development. If teaching were merely a technical enterprise where well...
To examine the ability of interns to prescribe appropriatelyfor common clinical conditions at the commencement and completion of theintern year. Interns' perceptions of their ability to prescribe and theperceived influences on their practices were also assessed.The study was conducted at a...
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