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Int J Psychiatry Med. 2011;41(4):309-28.

Pilot evaluation of a biopsychosocial integrated standardized patient examination in a family medicine clerkship.

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Department of Family Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. morleycp@upstate.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

A new biopsychosocial Integrated Standardized Patient Examination (ISPE) was implemented to assess communication skills for medical students participating in a family medicine clerkship.

METHOD:

Mixed method, multi-level evaluation.

RESULTS:

Pilot ISPE scores were significantly higher than previous Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (p < .01). Family Physician and Social/Behavioral Scientist rater scores were correlated (p < .001), and Cronbach's alpha statistics were acceptable (FM: alpha = .837; BH: alpha = .768). Preceptor scores on "relations with professionals" (beta = .694, p = .008) significantly predicted ISPE scores, but other clerkship assignment grades were inversely associated with ISPE. Qualitative focus group themes included lack of readiness, divergence in beliefs on scope of physician practice, and focus on grade.

CONCLUSIONS:

This pilot project describes the process and demonstrates the possibility of implementing a complex standardized patient case to assess students' management of complicated primary care patients with medical, psychological, and social issues.

PMID:
22238837
DOI:
10.2190/PM.41.4.b
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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