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MEDICAL EDUCATION
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 211-212

Employing situational judgment tests during the medical training: Need of the hour


1 Medical Education Unit Coordinator and Member of the Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603 108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_142_20

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In the field of medicine, the assessment of medical students conventionally has been carried out on the basis of academic performance alone. However, it is a fact that a medical professional should possess much more than medical knowledge alone and that's the reason why other core competencies have been defined by the regulatory bodies across the world. This translates to the immense need to assess the professional characteristics of a medical student, as they are equally important attributes in the making of a competent health care professional. Situational judgement test is a tool to assess the non-academic attributes in a medical student and has been acknowledged as an effective method for teaching, training and practicing medicine. In conclusion, the situational judgment test is an extremely cost-effective, valid and reliable approach to assess the non-academic attributes of the medical students in their workplace. This calls for the need to introduce them in all the medical institutions for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as it will definitely prepare them for the challenges of clinical practice.


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