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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 19-22

The acceptability and feasibility of mini-clinical evaluation exercise as a learning tool for pediatric postgraduate students

1 Department of Paediatrics, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, CMCL, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Dr. Sarika Gupta
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DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_152_17

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Background: The mini-clinical evaluation exercise (Mini-CEX) is a valid and reliable tool that facilitates the assessment of skills essential for a physician and provision of immediate feedback. Aims: This study aimed to assess the acceptability and feasibility of Mini-CEX as a learning tool for pediatric residents. Materials and Methods: Following the sensitization with the concept of Mini-CEX, the actual process of assessment of residents was done using the “standardized American Board of Internal Medicine Mini-CEX evaluation form.” Feedback about the Mini-CEX was taken from the residents and faculty on separate questionnaires consisting of close- and open-ended questions. A total of 87 Mini-CEX encounters were done with 13 faculty and 29 residents over 6-month study period. Results: Residents perceived that it is a method that does the assessment of skills, prerequisite for good clinical performance with provision of immediate feedback. Most of the residents felt that it improved their clinical skills, uplifted the personal development, and impart a better one to one student–teacher interaction. Almost all the faculty were satisfied with this method of assessment. They found it useful for improved learning of themselves also. Both residents and faculty suggested to incorporate Mini-CEX in curriculum. Conclusions: Mini-CEX is an acceptable learning tool as reflected by the residents and faculty. It is feasible to use mini-CEX for assessment of residents.

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