Procedural and interpretive skills of medical students: Experiences and attitudes of third-year students

Edward H. Wu, D. Michael Elnicki, Eric J. Alper, James E. Bost, Eugene C. Corbett, Mark J. Fagan, Alex Mechaber, Paul E. Ogden, James L. Sebastian, Dario M. Torre

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Abstract

Background: Recent data do not exist on medical students' performance of and attitudes toward procedural and interpretive skills deemed important by medical educators. Method: A total of 171 medical students at seven medical schools were surveyed regarding frequency of performance, selfconfidence, and perceived importance of 21 procedural and interpretive skills. Results: Of the 122 responding students (71% response rate), a majority had never performed lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentesis, or blood culture, and students reported lowest self-confidence in these skills. At least one-quarter of students had never performed phlebotomy, peripheral intravenous catheter insertion, or arterial blood sampling. Students perceived all 21 skills as important to learn and perform during medical school. Conclusion: Through the third year of medical school, a majority of students had never performed important procedures, and a substantial minority had not performed basic procedures. Students had low selfconfidence in skills they rarely performed, but perceived all skills surveyed as important.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume81
Issue number10 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Wu, E. H., Elnicki, D. M., Alper, E. J., Bost, J. E., Corbett, E. C., Fagan, M. J., ... Torre, D. M. (2006). Procedural and interpretive skills of medical students: Experiences and attitudes of third-year students. Academic Medicine, 81(10 SUPPL.).

Procedural and interpretive skills of medical students : Experiences and attitudes of third-year students. / Wu, Edward H.; Elnicki, D. Michael; Alper, Eric J.; Bost, James E.; Corbett, Eugene C.; Fagan, Mark J.; Mechaber, Alex; Ogden, Paul E.; Sebastian, James L.; Torre, Dario M.

In: Academic Medicine, Vol. 81, No. 10 SUPPL., 01.12.2006.

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Wu, EH, Elnicki, DM, Alper, EJ, Bost, JE, Corbett, EC, Fagan, MJ, Mechaber, A, Ogden, PE, Sebastian, JL & Torre, DM 2006, 'Procedural and interpretive skills of medical students: Experiences and attitudes of third-year students', Academic Medicine, vol. 81, no. 10 SUPPL..
Wu EH, Elnicki DM, Alper EJ, Bost JE, Corbett EC, Fagan MJ et al. Procedural and interpretive skills of medical students: Experiences and attitudes of third-year students. Academic Medicine. 2006 Dec 1;81(10 SUPPL.).
Wu, Edward H. ; Elnicki, D. Michael ; Alper, Eric J. ; Bost, James E. ; Corbett, Eugene C. ; Fagan, Mark J. ; Mechaber, Alex ; Ogden, Paul E. ; Sebastian, James L. ; Torre, Dario M. / Procedural and interpretive skills of medical students : Experiences and attitudes of third-year students. In: Academic Medicine. 2006 ; Vol. 81, No. 10 SUPPL.
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