John Robin Boulet

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BACKGROUND Adolescents in the United States have been shown to underutilize primary care services and therefore may rely heavily on emergency service. Although several small studies have explored local emergency services for youth, there are no published reports of adolescent utilization of emergency services on a national scale. Furthermore, emergency(More)
Accumulating evidence to defend decisions based on scores from evaluations is an ongoing process. The purpose of this investigation was to gather additional data to support the validity of inferences made from scores on the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates' Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA). This was accomplished by contrasting CSA(More)
Performance assessments are subject to many potential error sources. For performance-based assessments, including standardized patient (SP) examinations, these error sources, if left unchecked, can compromise the validity and reliability of scores. Quality assurance (QA) measures, both quantitative and qualitative, can be used to ensure that candidate(More)
BACKGROUND A recurring initiative in graduate education is to find more effective methods to assess specialists' skills. Life-sized simulators could be used to assess the more complex skills expected in specialty practice if a curriculum of relevant exercises were developed that could be simply and reliably scored. The purpose of this study was to develop(More)
The ECFMG Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) was developed to evaluate whether graduates of international medical schools (IMGs) are ready to enter graduate training programs in the United States. The patient note (PN) exercise, conducted after a 15-minute interview with a standardized patient (SP), is specifically used to assess a candidate's ability to(More)
UNLABELLED Recent guidelines for adolescent primary care call for the specification of clinical services by three adolescent age subgroups. Yet analyses of office visits have either merged adolescence into one stage or divided it at age 15 years. OBJECTIVE To explore the utilization of physician offices in the United States by early (11-14 years), middle(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop and implement a pediatric clinical skills assessment (PCSA) for residents, using children as standardized patients (SPs); to assess the psychometric adequacy of the PCSA and use it to evaluate the performance of residents; and to evaluate the feasibility of using child SPs and the response of the residents and the child SPs to(More)
Although studies have been conducted to examine the effects of a variety of factors on the comparability of scores obtained from standardized patient examinations (SPE), little research has been conducted to specifically investigate the challenge of detecting drift in case difficulty estimates over time, particularly for large-scale, performance-based,(More)
BACKGROUND If the sequence of administration of encounters in performance-based examinations has an appreciable impact on examinee performance, the validity of any associated assessment decisions could be compromised. PURPOSE The purpose of this article was to determine if the order in which encounters occurred in a multistation standardized patient(More)