Dimensions of clinical competence as conceptualized by medical school faculty

David J. Solomon, Alice J. Speer, Michael R. Callaway, Michael Ainsworth

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Abstract

This study identified dimensions of clinical competence underlying faculty ratings of fourth-year student performance in a standardized patient examination and assessed the impact of these dimensions on faculty pass/fail decisions. Content review coupled with exploratory factor analysis was used to group 17 of 25 specific behavioral rating categories into four homogeneous clusters. Confirmatory factor analysis refined the clusters into four unidimensional scales that included 14 of the original ratings. The dimensions reflected relating to the patient, problem-solving skills, medical history skills, and physical examination skills. The factor structure was cross-validated in a separate data set. Logistic regression indicated problem solving was the only independent predictor of a student passing the exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-80
Number of pages13
JournalEvaluation and the Health Professions
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

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Medical Faculties
Clinical Competence
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Statistical Factor Analysis
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Students
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Physical Examination
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Logistic Models
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logistics
regression
performance
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Dimensions of clinical competence as conceptualized by medical school faculty. / Solomon, David J.; Speer, Alice J.; Callaway, Michael R.; Ainsworth, Michael.

In: Evaluation and the Health Professions, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1996, p. 68-80.

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Solomon, David J. ; Speer, Alice J. ; Callaway, Michael R. ; Ainsworth, Michael. / Dimensions of clinical competence as conceptualized by medical school faculty. In: Evaluation and the Health Professions. 1996 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 68-80.
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