What is it about?

Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) is a brief and rapid observation of core clinical skills in a doctor-patient encounter lasting only 10-15 minutes. We utilized 6 PG-teachers to assess 20 postgraduate trainees in pediatrics by mini-CEX at a premier medical college in India. Experiences were collected by an anonymous questionnaire-based feedback form. Data gathering (68.7%) and counseling (63.3%) were the most common areas assessed. 84% and 58% of the students and faculty, respectively were satisfied with their Mini-CEX encounter. 90% of the participating students ewanted Mini-CEX to be included as a routine in postgraduate teaching.

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Why is it important?

Given the shortmtime taken (mean of 12 minutes/trainee/encounter), and the high level of satisfaction, Mini-CEX has a potential to be incorporated in the formative evaluation of postgraduate pediatric students as part of the workplace-based assessment.


I was surprised by the high acceptability by the trainees, as I had anticipated individual encounters leading to anxiety in them!

Dr Devendra Mishra
Maulana Azad Medical College

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This page is a summary of: Implementation of a Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) program to assess the clinical competence of postgraduate trainees in Pediatrics, Indian Pediatrics, February 2017, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s13312-017-1089-z.
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