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Educación Médica

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GALLI, Amanda  y  GREGORIO, María José de. Professional competencies learned at public and private medical schools: A comparative study. Educ. méd. [online]. 2006, vol.9, n.1, pp.21-26. ISSN 1575-1813.

This study was designed to determine whether medical graduates consider themselves proficient enough to perform a set of 34 professional competencies, and the perceived quality of their medical education. A self-assessment questionnaire was completed by 181 graduates, from a public medical school (Group 1) and a private medical school (Group 2). The form included 34 items related to medical competencies (yes/no) and one question concerning the quality of their medical education (excellent/very good/good/poor/very poor). Positive (yes) answers revealed a mean of 28.18 and a statistically significant difference supporting public education (Group 1). History taking and physical examination abilities showed the higher scores, while therapeutic decisions, community health issues, and continuous medical education had the lowest scores. Statistically significant differences were noted in eight of the 34 items, all in Group 1 physicians, Quality of medical education was considered "good" in 53% of cases, with no statistically significant differences among groups. A relationship between better medical education and more positive (yes) answers was found. Self-assessment questionnaires are useful to evaluate educational program outcomes.

Palabras clave : Self-assessment; Medical education; Outcome evaluation.

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