|dc.contributor.author||Roberts, Laura Weiss||
|dc.identifier.citation||The Americal Journal of Surgery, 1999;178:351-355. copywrite 1999 by Excerpta Medica, Inc.||en_US
|dc.description||Article Academic Journal||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||BACKGROUND: Medical schools increasingly place
emphasis on preparing students to perform routine,
ethically important clinical activities with
sensitivity and acumen. A method for evaluating
students’ skills in obtaining informed consent
that was created at our institution is described.
METHODS: Formal assessment of medical students’
professional attitudes, values, and ethics
skills occurs in the context of three required and
developmentally attuned comprehensive examinations.
A videotaped station tested senior medical
students’ ability to obtain informed consent
from a standardized patient who expresses concern
about undergoing cardiac catheterization.
Two checklists were completed by the patient.
Videotapes were reviewed by a faculty member,
and students’ reactions to the assessment experience
RESULTS: Seventy-one senior students participated,
and all performed well. Mean scores of
6.3 out of 7 (range 5 to 7, SD 5 0.5) on the informed
consent checklist and 8.7 out of 9 (range
6 to 9, SD 5 0.5) on the communication skills
checklist were obtained. Students endorsed the
importance of the skills tested.
CONCLUSIONS: This method of examining medical
students’ abilities to obtain informed consent
has several positive features and holds promise
as an ethics competence assessment tool. Am
J Surg. 1999;178:351–355. © 1999 by Excerpta
|dc.description.sponsorship||University of New Mexico School of Medicine||en_US
|dc.publisher||The American Journal of Surgery||en_US
|dc.subject||assessing medical students, competence, informed consent||en_US
|dc.title||Assessing Medical Students' Competence in Obtaining Informed Consent||en_US