Robert M Wiprud

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CONTEXT Although surgeons and athletes frequently use mental imagery in preparing to perform, mental imagery has not been extensively researched as a learning technique in medical education. OBJECTIVE A mental imagery rehearsal technique was experimentally compared with textbook study to determine the effects of each on the learning of basic surgical(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to test the effects of varying the amount of physical practice and mental imagery rehearsal on learning basic surgical procedures. STUDY DESIGN Using a sample of 65 second-year medical students, 3 randomized groups received either: (1) 3 sessions of physical practice on suturing a pig's foot; (2) 2 sessions of(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients are reluctant to talk to family physicians about certain health issues that affect quality of life. This research examines factors that influence a patient's willingness to discuss three aspects of health-related quality of life: overall well-being, physical health, and psychosocial health. METHODS Prior to their consultations,(More)
BACKGROUND Despite calls for competency based education, a dearth of validated instruments for measuring basic skills currently exists. We developed an instrument to assess competency in basic surgical skills in second-year medical students and tested it for psychometric reliability and validity. METHODS From a review of the literature, an instrument(More)
This study measured the attitudes of 55 medical students and 30 veterinary medical students as they participated in an experiment of collaborative teaching and learning about basic surgical skills. Two parallel forms of an attitude questionnaire were developed, with three subscales: confidence in one's own surgical skill; collaboration with the other type(More)
As physicians, we are constantly searching for ways to reduce variability, simplify work processes and improve the quality of our services. This is especially true for family physicians because the scope of our specialty is so vast. During a typical day, it is normal for us to encounter a wide variety of patient problems, and nowhere is it as difficult – or(More)
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