Quote from u-r-sleeepy
This is not an attempt to "stir the pot". I find myself thinking about the philosophical and practical differences between a doctor's approach vs that of a nurse's approach to patient care. I think it's interesting that this test is being mandated. Still, it seems to me that this type of test (if it is to be done at all) should be done before being accepted to medical school. I can't imagine a med student suddenly sweating "passing the personality test" at the end of the program. I would love to hear others' thoughts about this.
What kind of test do you think this is? It's not a personality test, it's not to test if you're a sociopath or a bad people person. Here's a blurb from the USMLE webpage.
"Purpose Statement. Step 2 CS assesses whether an examinee can demonstrate the fundamental clinical skills essential to safe and effective patient care under supervision. These clinical skills include taking a relevant medical history, performing an appropriate physical examination, communicating effectively with the patient, clearly and accurately documenting the findings and diagnostic hypotheses from the clinical encounter, and ordering appropriate initial diagnostic studies."
These are all things that you would learn in medical school, and should not necessarily be expected to know as a function of getting in.
I would be surprised if med students aren't sweating this exam in a big way. We're talking about an exam which determines whether or not they can get a license to practice medicine, and nobody they know has ever taken it. Furthermore, residency programs might see these results if the test is taken before the application process. Finally, certain schools require a passing score on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 before they will allow you to graduate. So I think you're wrong, I think people are probably concerned about it.
Quote from chris at lucas
You know, when I first saw that on the news the other night, I thought out loud, they are getting to be more like nurses, and it's about d***ed time. I'm sick of docs who don't see the patient only the disease and, it seems, the next ka-ching!
How does this test mean that doctors are getting to be more like nurses?
Anyway, I'm not sure how prevalent it is, but this kind of test was required of me in medical school already. Now they're just making it a requirement of licensing. I agree, this is just going to cost medical students a bunch more money, and I'm not sure if you're going to get a better doctor.