Medical Students Attend to Case-Based Psychosocial Information
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The authors describe a prospective study of medical students’ identification of the presence and importance of psychosocial information. They investigated the development of these skills over time in two successive academic cohorts, exploring the potential relationship of students’ performance on a cue-identification task to their self-reported interest in patients’ psychosocial concerns and to their academic performance in medical school. The absolute number of psychosocial cues students identified varied with the students’ training, but the importance that the students attributed to psychosocial cues increased over the time of their training. Their recognition of psychosocial cues as important correlated with academic performance in advanced clerkships and election to Alpha Omega Alpha. The results suggest that students are able to attend to psychosocial issues while performing well on traditional biomedical education measures.
KeywordsMedical Student Academic Performance Academic Psychiatry Patient Case Adult Case
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