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Building a precision oncology workforce by multidisciplinary and case-based learning.

Srikar Chamala, Heather T D Maness, Lisa Brown, C Brooke Adams, Jatinder K Lamba, Christopher R Cogle,

<h4>Background</h4>Participants in two recent National Academy of Medicine workshops identified a need for more multi-disciplinary professionals on teams to assist oncology clinicians in precision oncology.<h4>Methods</h4>We developed a graduate school course to prepare biomedical students and pharmacy students to work within a multidisciplinary team of oncology clinicians, pathologists, radiologists, clinical pharmacists, ... Read more >>

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Objective predictors of intern performance.

Amanda C Filiberto, Lou Ann Cooper, Tyler J Loftus, Sonja S Samant, George A Sarosi, Sanda A Tan,

<h4>Background</h4>Residency programs select medical students for interviews and employment using metrics such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores, grade-point average (GPA), and class rank/quartile. It is unclear whether these metrics predict performance as an intern. This study tested the hypothesis that performance on these metrics would predict ... Read more >>

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Early prediction of the risk of scoring lower than 500 on the COMLEX 1.

Qing Zhong, Han Wang, Payton Christensen, Kevin McNeil, Matthew Linton, Mark Payton,

<h4>Background</h4>The Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States Level 1 (COMLEX 1) is important for medical students to be able to graduate. There is a glaring need to identify students who are at a significant risk of performing poorly on COMLEX 1 as early as possible so that ... Read more >>

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"Brought to life through imagery" - animated graphic novels to promote empathic, patient-centred care in postgraduate medical learners.

Travis Sutherland, Dorothy Choi, Catherine Yu,

<h4>Background</h4>Empathy levels decline through medical training. This has been associated with poor patient and physician outcomes, and strategies to combat this decline are increasingly recognized as critical aspects of medical education. The aim of this study was to qualitatively determine factors associated with empathy decline, and to assess the impact ... Read more >>

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Development of real world learning opportunities in community exercise prescription for healthcare professional programmes - 'Physio Hub'.

Caitriona Cunningham, Catherine Blake, Grainne O Donoghue, Ciaran Purcell, Ulrik Mc Carthy Persson, Karen Cradock, Sinead Mc Mahon,

<h4>Background</h4>Given the challenge of chronic lifestyle diseases, the shift in healthcare focus to primary care and recognised importance of a preventive approach to health, including exercise prescription, the embedding of related learning in healthcare professional programmes is critical.<h4>Methods</h4>In response to these contemporary demands, a complex curriculum development project was undertaken ... Read more >>

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Struggling to fit the white coat and the role of contextual factors within a hospital organisation - an ethnographic study on the first months as newly graduated doctors.

Tine Lass Klitgaard, Diana Stentoft, Mads Skipper, Mette Grønkjær, Susanne Backman Nøhr,

<h4>Background</h4>Despite increased focus on improving the transition from being a medical student to working as a junior doctor, many newly graduated doctors (NGD) report the process of fitting the white coat as stressful, and burnout levels indicate that they might face bigger challenges than they can handle. During this period, ... Read more >>

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" … we were like tourists in the theatre, the interns assisted almost all procedures … " Challenges facing the assistant medical officers training for the performance of caesarean section delivery in Tanzania.

Nathanael Sirili, Amani Anaeli, Lilian Mselle, Obadia Nyongole, Siriel Massawe,

<h4>Background</h4>Training of mid-level providers is a task-sharing strategy that has gained popularity in the recent past for addressing the critical shortage of the health workforce. In Tanzania, training of mid-level providers has existed for over five decades; however, concerns exist regarding the quality of mid-level cadres amidst the growing number ... Read more >>

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Student and supervisor perspectives on the effectiveness of community-based placements for occupational therapy students.

Anat Golos, Esti Tekuzener,

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Testing a new active learning approach to advance motor learning knowledge and self-efficacy in physical therapy undergraduate education.

Daniela V Vaz, Erica M R Ferreira, Giulia B Palma, Osnat Atun-Einy, Michal Kafri, Fabiane R Ferreira,

<h4>Background</h4>Motor learning (ML) science is foundational for physical therapy. However, multiple sources of evidence have indicated a science-practice gap. Clinicians report low self-efficacy with ML concepts and indicate that the lack of access to systematic training is a barrier for practical implementation. The general goal of this preliminary study was ... Read more >>

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Evaluation of the pediatric life support instructors courses.

Jesús López-Herce, Angel Carrillo, Javier Urbano, Gema Manrique, Y Santiago Mencía, ,

<h4>Objective</h4>To evaluate the results and quality of pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor training courses.<h4>Methods</h4>A retrospective analysis was performed of the results of 24 pediatric CPR instructor courses held over 21 years (1999 to 2019). The results of participants' evaluation of theory and practice sessions were analyzed. In addition, participants were asked ... Read more >>

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The micro revolution: effect of Bite-Sized Teaching (BST) on learner engagement and learning in postgraduate medical education.

Kimberly D Manning, Jennifer O Spicer, Lucas Golub, Mikhail Akbashev, Robin Klein,

<h4>Context</h4>Bite-sized learning is an instructional method that utilizes brief, focused learning units. This approach may be beneficial in medical education given demands on learner time and cognitive load. This study aims to assess the impact of this approach on knowledge acquisition and learner attitudes in postgraduate medical education.<h4>Methods</h4>An instructional method, ... Read more >>

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Improving the quality of training paramedics by means of cadavers - a pilot study.

Piotr Leszczyński, Bożena Muraczyńska, Arkadiusz Wejnarski, Bożena Baczewska, Maria Malm, Bartłomiej Drop,

<h4>Background</h4>Paramedics are authorised to perform emergency procedures, including trauma assessment according to global standards. The aim of the study was to answer the question whether the use of cadavers in teaching practical competencies to medical rescue students, in the field of trauma assessment, is necessary as a supplement to learning ... Read more >>

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Impact of career choice motivation on academic burnout in senior dental students: A cross-sectional study.

Simin Z Mohebbi, Mahdia Gholami, Mostafa Chegini, Younes Ghoreyshi, Ronald C Gorter, Hoda Bahramian,

<h4>Background</h4>Motivation triggers all human activities including learning and lack of career motivation can lead to decreased efficiency. This study assessed the association between academic burnout and career choice motivation in senior dental students.<h4>Methods</h4>This cross-sectional study was performed on senior dental students of all four dental schools in Tehran in 2017. ... Read more >>

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What impact does postgraduate clinical training have on empathy among Japanese trainee dentists?

Toshiko Yoshida, Sho Watanabe, Takayuki Kono, Hiroaki Taketa, Noriko Shiotsu, Hajime Shirai, Yukie Nakai, Yasuhiro Torii,

<h4>Background</h4>Enhancing empathy in healthcare education is a critical component in the development of a relationship between healthcare professionals and patients that would ensure better patient care; improved patient satisfaction, adherence to treatment, patients' medication self-efficacy, improved treatment outcomes, and reduced patient anxiety. Unfortunately, however, the decline of empathy among students ... Read more >>

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Knowledge, attitude, and practice of pharmacy and medical students regarding self-medication, a study in Zabol University of Medical Sciences; Sistan and Baluchestan province in south-east of Iran.

Mahmoud Hashemzaei, Mahdi Afshari, Zahra Koohkan, Ali Bazi, Ramin Rezaee, Kaveh Tabrizian,

<h4>Background</h4>Self-medication is defined as using medicinal products to treat the disorders or symptoms diagnosed by oneself. Although informed self-medication is one of the ways to reduce health care costs, inappropriate self-treatment can pose various risks including drug side effects, recurrence of symptoms, drug resistance, etc. The purpose of this study ... Read more >>

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Response to "How can WhatsApp facilitate the future of medical education and clinical practice?"

Enda O'Connor, Eamonn Coleman,

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The impact of writing on academic performance for medical students.

Songeui Kim, Ji Won Yang, Jaeseo Lim, Seunghee Lee, Jungjoon Ihm, Jooyong Park,

<h4>Background</h4>Writing is a useful learning activity that promotes higher-order thinking, but there are limited studies that prove its effectiveness. In previous research, researchers tested the effect of summary writing on students' comprehension and found no significant difference from that of re-studying texts. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to ... Read more >>

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Making it stick: use of active learning strategies in continuing medical education.

Brenda A Bucklin, Nancy L Asdigian, Joy L Hawkins, Ulrich Klein,

<h4>Background</h4>Despite the known benefits of active learning (AL), the predominate educational format in higher education is the lecture. The reasons for slow adaptation of AL in medical education are not well understood. The purpose of this survey was to determine knowledge, usage, attitudes, and barriers to AL use in academic ... Read more >>

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Knowledge, attitudes, and understanding of probiotics among pediatricians in different regions of Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed Hasosah, Mansour Qurashi, Abdullah Balkhair, Ziyad Alzahrani, Abdullah Alabbasi, Muhanad Alzahrani, Wejdan Alnahdi, Sohaib Shafei, Malak Bafaqih, Muhammad Khan,

<h4>Background</h4>Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit upon the host. Knowledge and attitudes of health professionals have been reported to be at a medium level for probiotics. The objective was to evaluate the knowledge and practice styles about probiotics among pediatricians working in ... Read more >>

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An evaluation of cascading mentorship as advocacy training in undergraduate medical education.

Mitesh Patel, Devon Aitken, Yunlin Xue, Sanjeev Sockalingam, Alexander Simpson,

<h4>Background</h4>Physicians are in a position of great influence to advocate for health equity. As such, it is important for physicians-in-training to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfil this role. Although various undergraduate medical programs have implemented health advocacy training, they often lack experiential learning and physician involvement. These ... Read more >>

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Perspectives of organizational identity in a health higher education institution: a mixed-method analysis.

Ubirajara José Picanço de Miranda Junior, Maria Rita Carvalho Garbi Novaes, Henrique Batista Araújo Santos, João Fellipe Santos Tatsch, Rafael Sanches Ferreira, Wilton Paulo de Freitas Martins Vieira, Luís Velez Lapão,

<h4>Background</h4>Among the processes to be experienced by any organization during its establishment is the formation of an organizational identity. This process can be understood as the activity and event through which an organization becomes unique in the mind of its members. An organizational identity leads to an identification and both ... Read more >>

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Comprehensiveness of distributed medical education systems: a regional population-based perspective.

Andrea M Burrows, Kevin B Laupland,

<h4>Background</h4>The core business of medical schools includes clinical (education and service) and academic (research) activities. Our objective was to assess the degree to which these activities exist in a distributed medical education system in Canada.<h4>Methods</h4>A population-based design was utilized. Programs were contacted and public records were searched for medical trainees ... Read more >>

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Evaluating a longitudinal point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum for pediatric residents.

Julia Aogaichi Brant, Jonathan Orsborn, Ryan Good, Emily Greenwald, Megan Mickley, Amanda G Toney,

<h4>Background</h4>POCUS is a growing field in medical education, and an imaging modality ideal for children given the lack of ionizing radiation, ease of use, and good tolerability. A 2019 literature review revealed that no US pediatric residency programs integrated obligatory POCUS curricula. Our objective was to provide a formalized POCUS ... Read more >>

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Career aspirations among specialty residents in France: a cross-sectional gender-based comparison.

A Cathelain, M Jourdain, C Cordonnier, S Catteau-Jonard, D Sebbane, M C Copin, L Berlingo, C Rubod, C Garabedian,

<h4>Background</h4>Most studies evaluating career aspirations among gender are performed in Anglo-Saxon countries. Two recent French studies looked at the career choice of residents in obstetrics & gynecology. It seemed useful to us to broaden this questioning to other specialties, by proposing a study to all residents in the same Faculty. ... Read more >>

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A governmental program to encourage medical students to deliver primary prevention: experiment and evaluation in a French faculty of medicine.

Enora Le Roux, Marta Mari Muro, Kore Mognon, Mélèa Saïd, Viviane Caillavet, Sophie Matheron, Séverine Ledoux, Philippe Decq, Florence Vorspan, Yann Le Strat, Constance Delaugerre, Morgane Le Bras, Corinne Alberti, Philippe Ruszniewski, Philippe Zerr, Albert Faye,

<h4>Background</h4>A public health student service was set up by the French government in 2018 with the aim of increasing awareness of primary health promotion among the 47,000 students of medicine and other health professions. It is an annual program involving community-based actions on nutrition, physical activity, addiction or sexuality. Our ... Read more >>

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