Wayne Woloschuk

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BACKGROUND Over the last 10 years the number of medical students choosing family medicine as a career has steadily declined. Studies have demonstrated that career preference at the time that students begin medical school may be significantly associated with their ultimate career choice. We sought to identify the career preferences students have at entry to(More)
Physician-patient communication is a clinical skill that can be learned and has a positive impact on patient satisfaction and health outcomes. A concerted effort at all medical schools is now directed at teaching and evaluating this core skill. Student communication skills are often assessed by an Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE). However, it(More)
Analysis of problem-solving strategies reveals that although there is no universal, generic problem-solving process, there is a clinical reasoning process that is specific and highly tailored to the complexity of each clinical problem. Research reveals that successful problem solvers must possess comprehensive knowledge, but that the way they organize and(More)
CONTEXT The University of Calgary has implemented a new curriculum which is organized according to 120 ways in which patients may present to a physician. Students are taught scheme-based problem solving rather than the more typical hypothetico-deductive or search and scan approach to problem resolution. OBJECTIVE This study sought to determine the extent(More)
CONTEXT The family medicine clerkship at the University of Calgary is a 4-week mandatory rotation in the final year of a 3-year programme. Students are given the opportunity to experience rural practice by training at 1 of several rural practices. OBJECTIVE To determine whether exposure to a rural educational experience changes students' likelihood of(More)
BACKGROUND Despite there being considerable literature documenting learner distress and perceptions of mistreatment in medical education settings, these concerns have not been explored in-depth in Canadian family medicine residency programs. The purpose of the study was to examine intimidation, harassment and/or discrimination (IHD) as reported by Alberta(More)
BACKGROUND Longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) students typically perform as well as, if not better than, rotation-based clerkship (RBC) students on objective evaluations, yet few studies have compared performance in the clinical setting. This study compared in-training evaluation report (ITER) ratings of LIC and RBC students, including their(More)
OBJECTIVE The Rural Physician Action Plan of Alberta introduced an enrichment program in 2001 to improve physician access to skills training. The objective of this study was to evaluate this program and measure retention compared with matched controls over 5 years. DESIGN Longitudinal, matched, case control study and program evaluation. SETTING Rural(More)
BACKGROUND Attitudes influence behaviour. Developing and maintaining proper attitudes by medical students can impact on the quality of health care delivered to their patients as they assume the role of doctors. There is a paucity of longitudinal research reports on the extent to which students' attitude scores shift as they progress through medical school.(More)