Publications for the week of February 10th


In “Canadians studying medicine abroad and their journey to secure postgraduate training in Canada or the United States”, Ilona Bartman and team track the percentage of Canadians studying abroad (CSAs) that are successful in securing residency training in either Canada or the U.S. in order to provide guiding information for Canadians who are considering studying abroad. Their results showed that one third of CSAs were not successful in securing a residency position in either Canada or U.S., and recommend careful consideration when choosing to this route of study.

Dawe and McKelvie in “International health experiences in postgraduate medical education: A meta-analysis of their effect on graduates’ clinical practice among underserved populations” completed a systematic review to evaluate the effect of postgraduate international health experiences (IHE) participation on the future careers of clinicians in their work with domestic and/or international underserved populations. They found that participation in an IHE may cause an increase in care for underserved populations, though they recommend further research in this area.

Soleas and co-authors in their study “Developing Academic Advisors and Competence Committees members: A community approach to developing CBME faculty leaders” present the competencies required for Academic Advisors (AA) and Competence Committee (CC) members in implementing competency-based medical education (CBME). They found that taking an active community-based approach to developing faculty leader competencies was valuable for transitioning to CBME. They hope their findings will be a useful template for other institutions.

Rebecca Zhao provides a comic-style painting called “Flashback” to share her experience of recalling a traumatic incident. The graphic image intends to evoke discomfort so that viewers may more personally connect to her incident.

Olszynski and co-authors in “The Clinical Ultrasonography Elective in Clerkship (CUSEC): A Pilot Elective for Senior Clerkship Students at the University of Saskatchewan” created a clinical ultrasound (CUS) elective in clerkship. They aimed to give medical students the opportunity to put their CUS knowledge and skills into practice in real patient care. They found the medical students met or exceeded their expectations in utilizing the CUS; and the medical students reported CUSEC as a beneficial tool for learning bed-side patient care. They intend to continue offering the elective for future study.

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