The Required Written History and Physical is Alive, but Not Entirely Well, in Internal Medicine Clerkships

Temple A. Ratcliffe, Janice L. Hanson, Paul A. Hemmer, Karen E. Hauer, Klara K. Papp, Gerald D. Denton

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Abstract

Background: Effective written communication is a core competency for medical students, but it is unclear whether or how this skill is evaluated in clinical clerkships. Purpose: This study identifies current requirements and practices regarding required written work during internal medicine clerkships. Methods: In 2010, Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine (CDIM) surveyed its institutional members; one section asked questions about students' written work. Results were compared to similar, unpublished CDIM 2001 survey questions. Results: Requirements for student-written work were nearly universal (96% in 2001 and 100% in 2010). Only 23% used structured evaluation forms and 16% reported written work was weighted as a percentage of the final grade, although 72% of respondents reported that written work was "factored" into global ratings. Conclusions: Despite near universal requirements for student written work, structured evaluation was not commonly performed, raising concern about the validity of factoring these assessments into grades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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