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Educación Médica Superior

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GOMEZ-LOPEZ, Víctor M. et al. Assessment of the clinical aptitude of Medicine Bachelor's degree graduate. Educ Med Super [online]. 2010, vol.24, n.2. ISSN 0864-2141.

OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical aptitude and its relation to general average (final) in the graduates of Medicine Bachelor's degree from a private institution. METHODS: A cross-sectional and prospective study was applied in 58 graduate students of Medicine Bachelor's degree. The clinical aptitude was defined operationally as the measurement is obtained by applying an instrument to explore this part of clinical competence, based on real clinical cases. Tool validation was made by professor of the same Medicine school where the definitive version remained in 320 reactives. Six indicators were explored: identification of risk factors, recognition of clinical data, diagnostic integration, use and interpretation of laboratory studies, therapeutical decisions and follow-up measures. For the results analysis we used the descriptive statistics and to obtain the relation among the quantitative variables we performed the Pearson's correlation coefficient. Also, we estimated the random expected qualification. RESULTS: The internal consistency of measurement tool used was of 0,82. Final average correlation of the career and the clinical aptitude level achieved by the newly graduate students of Medicine Bachelor's degree was of 0,42 (p < 0,01). CONCLUSIONS: Although the development level of the clinical aptitude isn't the desirable one, there is come level of correlation between final average of the career and the clinical aptitude at the end of eighth semester.

Keywords : Clinical aptitude; correlation; medicine graduate.

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