Carol F Maclaren

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The focus on fundamental clinical skills in undergraduate medical education has declined over the last several decades. Dramatic growth in the number of faculty involved in teaching and increasing clinical and research commitments have contributed to depersonalization and declining individual attention to students. In contrast to the close teaching and(More)
PURPOSE To assess the content and quality of dean's letters since the publication of guidelines recommended by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 1989. METHOD In 1998, the dean's letter writers at all 124 U.S. medical schools were surveyed. The questionnaire incorporated items from two previous surveys (1981 and 1992). In addition,(More)
PURPOSE To compare results from 1981 and 1992 national surveys of the writers of medical school dean's letters, and to rate the 1992 letters based on the guidelines recommended by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). METHOD In early 1992 a survey was administered to the dean's letter writers at all 125 U.S. medical schools with fully(More)
PURPOSE Communication between programs and applicants during the Match has raised concern among medical educators. This study explores the patterns of such communication and its effect on the ethical and professional development of medical students. METHOD In March and April 2001, the authors made a secure, anonymous questionnaire available online to(More)
The Association of American Medical Colleges' Committee on Dean's Letters advised in 1988 that the dean's letter should be a letter of evaluation rather than a letter of recommendation. The committee also recommended that the letter contain some form of comparative information to let the residency director know how individual students fared in comparison(More)
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