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Med J Aust. 2008 Aug 4;189(3):159-61.

The mini clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX) for assessing clinical performance of international medical graduates.

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University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. kichu.nair@newcastle.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the feasibility, reliability and acceptability of the mini clinical evaluation exercise (mini-CEX) for performance assessment among international medical graduates (IMGs).

DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

Observational study of 209 patient encounters involving 28 IMGs and 35 examiners at three metropolitan teaching hospitals in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, September-December 2006.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The reliability of the mini-CEX was estimated using generalisability (G) analysis, and its acceptability was evaluated by a written survey of the examiners and IMGs.

RESULTS:

The G coefficient for eight encounters was 0.88, suggesting that the reliability of the mini-CEX was 0.90 for 10 encounters. Almost half of the IMGs (7/16) and most examiners (14/18) were satisfied with the mini-CEX as a learning tool. Most of the IMGs and examiners enjoyed the immediate feedback, which is a strong component of the tool.

CONCLUSION:

The mini-CEX is a reliable tool for performance assessment of IMGs, and is acceptable to and well received by both learners and supervisors.

PMID:
18673104
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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