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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: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 1998; 68(8):602-604
Issue Date: 1998
ISSN: 1445-1433
Abstract: BACKGROUND: 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. METHODS: 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. RESULTS: 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. CONCLUSIONS: 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; Multimedia; Computers; General Surgery
RMID: 0030004686
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1998.tb02109.x
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