Examples of Clinical Skills Evaluated

Medical Interviewing (PCPS, MK, IPCS)

  • Facilitates accurate collection of a patient's history
  • Effectively uses questions/directions to obtain accurate information needed
  • Responds appropriately to non-verbal cues
  • Shows respect, compassion, empathy and establishes trust
  • Attends to a patient's needs of comfort, modesty, confidentiality and information

Physical Examination (PCPS, MK)

  • Follows efficient, logical sequence
  • Balances screening/diagnostic steps for problem
  • Sensitive to a patient’s modesty and comfort

Informed Decision-Making/Counseling Skills (PCPS, MK, IPCS)

  • Explains rationale for test/treatment, obtains a patient's consent
  • Educates/counsels regarding disease management
  • Discussion is prioritized, timely and concise

Clinical Judgment/Reasoning (PCPS, MK, PBLI, SBP)

  • Selectively orders/performs appropriate diagnostic studies
  • Considers risks and benefits of prescribed treatment

Overall Clinical Competence (PCPS, MK, PBLI, IPCS, P, SBP)

  • Demonstrates judgment, synthesis, caring, effectiveness and efficiency in patient care

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