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Is the long case dead? ‘Uh, I don't think so’: the Uh/Um Index


© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and The Association for the Study of Medical Education Current tools for clinical assessment are tedious and time-consuming, particularly the dreadful long case. There is a need for novel instruments that incorporate other aspects of competence. We propose such a method, namely the Uh/Um Index. Our innovation paper describes the rationale for using speech dysfluency and occurrences of filler words such as ‘uh’ and ‘um’ as a proxy for competence. This appears to have won initial support from senior clinicians in our institution. Additional research is needed (non-restricted grants are welcomed) to establish rigorous standard setting and to fund our attendance at overseas conferences to make the Uh/Um Index the new buzzword in medical education.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Print ISSN 1365-2923
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Issue 12
Pages 1245-1248
APA6 Citation Duvivier, R., & Veysey, M. (2016). Is the long case dead? ‘Uh, I don't think so’: the Uh/Um Index. Medical Education, 50(12), 1245-1248.
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