Medical Association tries to stop national clinical skills test for US medical students
- By: Karen Hebert
The American Medical Association (AMA) has threatened to go to court in an attempt to stop the implementation of a national clinical skills test for medical students.
The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is hoping to implement the clinical skills test in 2004 for some graduating students, and it will become a national requirement for all graduating medical students in 2005.
The test has been designed as a simulated typical doctor's day. A student will see 10 standardised patients for 15 minutes each and will then be expected to write up each patient's history, examination, diagnosis, and proposed treatment plan.
It is expected that 5-7% of students will fail the test, with 1-2% failing the retake.
The test was first designed in 1999 in response to patients' demands for an improvement in doctors' communication skills and the NBME claim that the test will increase patients' confidence in newly qualified