Medical students’ illness-related cognitions
Doctors do not follow guidance when managing their own health and illness. This behaviour may start at medical school. This study aimed to investigate whether inappropriate responses to illness are an issue for medical students and, if so, to identify the determinants of students’ responses to illness. Editor in Chief of Medical Education, Kevin Eva speaks to Sarah Ross (Division of Medical and Dental Education, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK) about her co-authored paper focusing on medical students’ illnesses and treatment of their own health, published in the December issue: ‘Medical students’ illness-related cognitions’ by Sarah Ross, Martin von Fragstein and Jennifer Cleland.
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Culture in medical education: comparing a Thai and a Canadian residency programme
Globalisation initiatives in medical education are premised on a universal model of medical education. This study was conducted to challenge this premise by empirically examining the impact of culture on the practice of medical education in anaesthesia residency training programmes in Thailand and Canada. Editor in Chief of Medical Education speaks to Dr Anne Wong (Department of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) about the cultural contexts in her paper published in the December issue of the journal ‘Culture in medical education: comparing a Thai and a Canadian residency programme’.
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Educational interventions to improve handover in health care: a systematic review
Effective handover within the health care setting is vital to patient safety. Despite published literature discussing strategies to improve handover, the extent to which educational interventions have been used and how such interventions relate to the published theoretical models of handover remain unclear. These issues were investigated through a systematic review of the literature.
Editor in Chief Kevin Eva speaks to Morris Gordon (Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Salford, Salford, UK) about the paper he co-authored in the November 2011 issue of Medical Education: 'Educational interventions to improve handover in health care: a systematic review' by Morris Gordon and Rebecca Findley.
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Improving the recruitment and retention of doctors by training medical students locally
The global shortage of doctors is of concern. This is particularly true in French-speaking regions of New Brunswick, Canada, where there is no medical school. Since 1981, francophone medical students from New Brunswick have been able to undertake part of their training in their province through an agreement with medical schools in another province. We studied the effects of frequency and length of exposure to the province of origin during medical training on the likelihood that a doctor will ever or currently practise medicine in that province.
Editor in Chief Kevin Eva, speaks to Professor Michele Landry (Dieppe Family Medicine Unit, Vitalité Health Network, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada) about the paper that he co-authored in the November issue of Medical Education: 'Improving the recruitment and retention of doctors by training medical students locally' by Michel Landry, Aurel Schofield, Rachel Bordage, Mathieu Bélanger.
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Medical students’ experiences of shame in professional enculturation
Despite the intentions of caregivers not to harm, medical encounters may involve intimidation and induce emotions of shame. Reflection is a critical part of professional learning and training. However, the role of shame in medical education has scarcely been studied. The aim of this study was to explore medical students’ reflections on shame-related experiences in clinical situations and to examine how they tackled these experiences.
Kevin Eva, Editor in Chief of Medical Education, speaks to Ulf Lindström (Division of Family Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden) who is the co-author of the following paper appearing in the October 2011 issue of Medical Education: 'Medical students’ experiences of shame in professional enculturation' by Ulf H Lindström, Katarina Hamberg, Eva E Johansson.
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Understanding the behaviour of newly qualified doctors in acute care contexts
A particularly onerous aspect of the transition from medical student to practising doctor concerns the necessity to be able to rapidly identify acutely unwell patients and initiate appropriate resuscitation. These are skills in which many graduates feel poorly prepared and are considered by some to be best learned on the job. This constructivist study investigated the factors that influence the behaviour of junior doctors in this context and initiated the development of a framework that promotes understanding of this important area.
Editor in Chief of Medical Education, Kevin Eva, speaks to Dr Victoria Tallentire (Centre for Medical Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK) who is the co-author of the following paper published in the October 2011 issue of Medical Education: 'Understanding the behaviour of newly qualified doctors in acute care contexts' by Victoria Tallentire, Samantha Smith, Janet Skinner and Helen Cameron.
Read the paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04024.x/abstract