Enhancement of the assessment of physician-patient communication skills in the United States Medical Licensing Examination
Department of Medicine; Meyers Primary Care Institute
Medical Subject Headings
*Communication; Educational Measurement; Humans; *Licensure, Medical; Patient Simulation; *Physician-Patient Relations; United States
The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) reviewed all components of the United States Medical Licensing Examination as part of a strategic planning activity. One recommendation generated from the review called for enhancements of the communication skills component of the Step 2 Clinical Skills (Step 2 CS) examination. To address this recommendation, the NBME created a multidisciplinary team that comprised experts in communication content, communication measurement, and implementation of standardized patient (SP)-based examinations. From 2007 through 2012, the team reviewed literature in physician-patient communication, examined performance characteristics of the Step 2 CS exam, observed case development and quality assurance processes, interviewed SPs and their trainers, and reviewed video recordings of examinee-SP interactions. The authors describe perspectives gained by their team from the review process and outline the resulting enhancements to the Step 2 CS exam, some of which were rolled out in June 2012.
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Citation: Acad Med. 2013 Nov;88(11):1670-5. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182a7f75a. Link to article on publisher's site
Hoppe, Ruth B.; King, Ann M.; Mazor, Kathleen M.; Furman, Gail E.; Wick-Garcia, Penelope; Corcoran-Ponisciak, Heather; and Katsufrakis, Peter J., "Enhancement of the assessment of physician-patient communication skills in the United States Medical Licensing Examination" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 812.