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Type: Journal article
Title: Computers in medical education 3: a possible tool for the assessment of clinical competence?
Author: Devitt, P.
Palmer, E.
Citation: ANZ Journal of Surgery, 1998; 68(8):602-604
Issue Date: 1998
ISSN: 1445-1433
Abstract: <h4>Background</h4>Computers and other forms of information technology are increasingly used in medical education. We undertook a study to evaluate the place of the computer in the assessment of clinical skills of junior medical students.<h4>Methods</h4>The history taking and physical examination skills of 136 third-year students were assessed in a series of structured and observed clinical stations and compared to their performance in similar computer-based problems.<h4>Results</h4>Students scored equally on the computer-based tasks and in the observed stations, but the weaker students who failed one or another component of the examination were more likely to pass at a clinical station and fail the computer task.<h4>Conclusions</h4>This study has shown that computer-based clinical simulations can be constructed to supplement conventional assessment processes in clinical medicine and may have a role in increasing their reliability.
Keywords: Humans
Educational Measurement
Clinical Competence
Computer-Assisted Instruction
General Surgery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1998.tb02109.x
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