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Type: Journal article
Title: Using standardized patients to evaluate undergraduate medical students' proficiency in speaking English
Author: Chur-Hansen, A.
Vernon-Roberts, J.
Citation: Academic Medicine, 1999; 74(7):829-834
Publisher: Hanley & Belfus
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 1040-2446
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Anna Chur-Hansen, and Jane Vernon-Roberts
Abstract: PURPOSE: To explore the use of standardized patients for evaluating medical student's proficiency in speaking English. METHOD: In 1995, using a language rating scale constructed by the authors, six standardized patients evaluated the English-language proficiencies of 127 second-year medical student undergraduates enrolled at the University of Adelaide, Australia, many of whom were from a non-English speaking background. RESULTS: An earlier standardized test (Screening Test for Adolescent Language) had identified approximately one third of the students as potentially experiencing difficulties in using English in their training. Students so identified were rated lower than were their peers by the standardized patients. CONCLUSION: The study proved useful both in identifying aspects of speech that can be reasonably rated by standardized patients and also in identifying students who might benefit from language interventions. Replication studies with the new instrument are required to further establish its reliability, validity, and generalizability across different student cohorts.
Keywords: Humans
Cohort Studies
Reproducibility of Results
Nonverbal Communication
Speech Intelligibility
Interpersonal Relations
Language Tests
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Students, Medical
Patient Simulation
South Australia
Rights: © 1999 Association of American Medical Colleges
DOI: 10.1097/00001888-199907000-00018
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