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Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) is a weekly podcast produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Jan 23, 2018

Jason’s chosen article for today’s podcast discusses the assessment tool ITERs and documented narratives.

Often ITERs are horribly misused but are still deployed as institutions need to record that a trainee was present and competencies were achieved.


Authors: Hatala R, Sawatsky AP, Dudek N, Ginsburg S, Cook DA.

Publication details: Using In-Training Evaluation Report (ITER) Qualitative Comments to Assess Medical Students and Residents: A Systematic Review. Acad Med. 2017 Jun;92(6):868-879.

View the abstract here

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