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MILLAN K, Teresa; ERCOLANO F, Mariely; PEREZ A, Marcela  and  FUENTES F, Cristian. Self perception of clinical competences declared by recently graduated physicians of the University of Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2007, vol.135, n.11, pp.1479-1486. ISSN 0034-9887.

Background: The new curriculum of the University of Chile School of Medicine includes the evaluation not only of knowledge and skills, but also abilities and attitudes. Aim: To measure the self perceived level of basic clinical competences (BCC) declared by recently graduated physicians. Material and methods: A self evaluation survey was designed, based on the proposed objectives of the Faculty Curriculum Committee and on an instrument used in Spanish Universities. It contained 194 questions and the possible answers were: 1.1 know what it is and it has been explained to me; 2.1 have seen it done; 3.1 have done it before under supervision; 4. I would be capable to do it under any circumstance. It was applied confidentially to 50 of a total of 170 recently graduated physicians. Results: Perception of BCC for the diagnosis of most common diseases was felt as satisfactory. History taking and physical examination were also considered as achieved skills. Deficiences were found in practical aspects of nursing care, obstetric and gynecological abilities and reanimation procedures. Discussion: Answers may be biased considering that the survey was a self assessment procedure. However, results provide sound orientation to detect strengths and weaknesses of delivered education. Achievement of BCC is proportional to clinical practice opportunities as a student

Keywords : Clinical competence; Curriculum; Education, medical.

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