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J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Mar;24(3):370-3. doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0900-x. Epub 2009 Jan 13.

Expectations for oral case presentations for clinical clerks: opinions of internal medicine clerkship directors.

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Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA. ergreen@montefiore.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Little is known about the expectations of undergraduate internal medicine educators for oral case presentations (OCPs).

OBJECTIVE:

We surveyed undergraduate internal medicine educational leaders to determine the degree to which they share the same expectations for oral case presentations.

SUBJECTS:

Participants were institutional members of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine (CDIM).

DESIGN:

We included 20 questions relating to the OCP within the CDIM annual survey of its institutional members. We asked about the relative importance of specific attributes in a third-year medical student OCP of a new patient as well as its expected length. Percentage of respondents rating attributes as "very important" were compared using chi-squared analysis.

RESULTS:

Survey response rate was 82/110 (75%). Some attributes were more often considered very important than others (p < .001). Eight items, including aspects of the history of present illness, organization, a directed physical exam, and a prioritized assessment and plan focused on the most important problems, were rated as very important by >50% of respondents. Respondents expected the OCP to last a median of 7 minutes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Undergraduate internal medicine education leaders from a geographically diverse group of North American medical schools share common expectations for OCPs which can guide instruction and evaluation of this skill.

PMID:
19139965
PMCID:
PMC2642568
DOI:
10.1007/s11606-008-0900-x
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