Writing-skills development in the health professions

Rawson, R.E. and Quinlan, Kathleen M. and Cooper, B.J. and Fewtrell, C. and Matlow, J.R. (2005) Writing-skills development in the health professions. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 17 (3). pp. 233-239. ISSN 1040-1334. E-ISSN 1532-8015. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1207/s15328015tlm1703_6) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Background: Studies have found that students in the medical professions often lack the writing skills required during their education and career. One contributing factor to this deficiency is that writing tends to be discipline specific, rather than requiring general skills acquired in undergraduate schools. Purpose: To determine the extent to which a rigorous writing exercise impacted the quality of students' medical writing based on a specified rubric. Method: In the context of a basic science course, we developed 6 weekly writing exercises called Question of the Week, along with a rubric for scoring students' work. The rubric evaluated 6 specific aspects of students' writing including Comprehensiveness/Thoroughness, Accuracy, Conciseness, Logical Organization, Justification of Assertions, and Use of Appropriate Terminology. Results: Except for Justification of Assertions and Accuracy, which did not change, scores for all categories improved between Weeks 1 and 2. Use of Appropriate Terminology was the only category for which scores increased after Week 2. Conclusion: The clearest indication of writing development came from students' augmented ability to use medical terminology in appropriate ways. This is an important observation, given that each Question of the Week covered a separate body system, characterized by distinctly different terms and jargon. We concluded that students need much more practice to attain the level of proficiency outlined by our rubric.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: article, education, female, human, male, medical profession, methodology, nomenclature, standard, teaching, writing, Educational Measurement, Female, Health Occupations, Humans, Male, Teaching, Terminology, Writing
Subjects: L Education
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Kathleen M Quinlan
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 16:09 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 11:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60295 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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