Reflection on and Exploration of a Standardized Resident Training Programme Based on a Comprehensive Examination of Clinical Skills

Jing Yang, Chun-ting Lu, Dan Wang, Bi-yao Su, Si-min Huang


To identify the optimal clinical skills training programme for internal medicine residents by reflecting upon and analysing the usual training plan and arrangement, and practical tests according to the national standardized resident training policies and requirements. The 3-year-rotation and training plan of the 2013 and 2014 internal medicine resident cohorts, the basic skills and case analysis scores on the basic entrance examination and final graduation examination were reflected, summarized and compared with the ultimate purpose of evaluating standardized resident training. This knowledge was used to perfect a competency-oriented training system that integrated clinical theory, clinical scenarios, clinical skills, bedside teaching, learning, etc. After a 3-year programme of standardized training, the residents’ clinical skills were significantly improved. Statistically significant enhancements (P<0.05) were observed in the case analysis and clinical skills test scores between the basic entrance and graduation examinations of the trainees in both the 2013 and 2014 cohorts. No significant differences (P>0.05) were observed between the trainees in the 2013 and 2014 cohorts in their graduation scores on the clinical skills and case analysis tests, suggesting that both cohorts achieved the same level of mastery and reached the standardized training target, which also reflected the homogeneity of the residency training programme. While this study indicated that the training method was effective, exploring better models in the future is warranted. In conclusion, as a national policy, continuously incorporating reflection and exploration is necessary for designing a reasonable programme for standardized resident training. In this study, analysis of the basic entrance and graduation examinations of comprehensive clinical skills were important for developing an effective standardized resident training programme and training team with satisfactory teaching effects. By this way, implementing and starting new training methods gradually will be improved and especially carried out from 2015 cohorts. Therefore, the residents' clinical competence will be enhanced and also for undergraduates’ and postgraduates’ education as well. At last, the national education criteria for residency will be met.

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