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Writing clinical scenarios for clinical science questions

Smith, Phil E. M. ORCID: and Mucklow, John C. 2016. Writing clinical scenarios for clinical science questions. Clinical Medicine Journal 16 (2) , 142. 10.7861/clinmedicine.16-2-142

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Written knowledge assessments for physicians in training typically involve multiple-choice questions that use a clinical scenario in a single-best-answer format. The Royal College of Physicians Part 1 MRCP(UK) examination includes basic sciences themes that are challenging to assess through a clinical scenario. A realistic clinical setting based on everyday clinical practice and integral to the question is the clearest demonstration that the knowledge being assessed is clinically relevant. However, without special attention to detail, the scenario in a clinical science question can appear redundant or artificial. Reading unnecessary material frustrates candidates and threatens the reputation of the assessment. In this paper we discuss why a clinical scenario is important for basic science questions and offer advice on setting realistic and plausible clinical scenarios for such questions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Royal College of Physicians
ISSN: 1470-2118
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 10:19

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