Marie Catherine Morris

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BACKGROUND A doctor performs 160 000-300 000 interviews during a lifetime career, thus making the medical interview the most common procedure in clinical medicine. It is reported that 60-80 per cent of diagnosis is based on history taking, yet there is little published data advising on the best method for medical students to initially attain and further(More)
BACKGROUND Patient safety is fundamental to modern medical practice; safe surgery saves lives. Ensuring surgical competence is becoming more difficult at a time when surgeons are being trained in fewer hours. Accurate objective assessment of technical skills ability is lacking in standardization. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has a long(More)
A live attenuated varicella vaccine was licensed in Canada in December 1998. The first universal varicella immunization program in Canada was initiated in Prince Edward Island in 2000. Students in grades one to six without a history of varicella were offered the vaccine, administered by Public Health Nurses, in school clinics during February and March 2000.(More)
The objective was to systematically review the literature to identify and grade tools used for the end point assessment of procedural skills (e.g., phlebotomy, IV cannulation, suturing) competence in medical students prior to certification. The authors searched eight bibliographic databases electronically - ERIC, Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE, Psychinfo,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the appropriateness of dopamine receptor antagonist prescriptions in hospitalized patients with dopamine-requiring diseases after implementation of an automated prescription alert system. METHODS We examined dopamine receptor antagonist prescriptions in hospitalized patients with dopamine-requiring diseases and physician response to(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify current entry requirements set by international medical licensing bodies for immigrating physicians, focusing on postgraduate level communication skills, clinical and technical skill assessments. METHODS A standardised, author developed survey was administered to a selection of national, state and provincial licensing institutions(More)
BACKGROUND This study sought to investigate the potential of a subinternship apprentice role as a structured experiential learning opportunity by enabling final-year medical students to learn through action rather than observation. METHODS A convenience sample of 65 final-year medical students was allocated to "intern shadow" (control group) or(More)
INTRODUCTION Communication breakdown is a factor in the majority of all instances of medical error. Despite the importance, a relative paucity of time is invested in communication skills in postgraduate curricula. Our objective is to systematically review the literature to identify the current tools used to assess communication skills in postgraduate(More)
BACKGROUND Medical graduates are required to be competent in many domains of professional practice when joining the health care workforce. Current undergraduate examination methods robustly assess up to 5 of these 8 required skills. This study sought to evaluate an alternative certification examination ("ACE") in assessing all of the 8 required domains in(More)
Panels of hepatitis B virus surface antigen-positive sera from drug abusers were used to evaluate 14 commercial enzyme immunoassays from six companies for detecting hepatitis delta virus (HDV) markers. For detecting hepatitis delta virus antigen (HDAg), the Wellcome, Pasteur and Noctech assays had 100% sensitivity for all 42 HDAg-positive serum specimens(More)
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