Prospective assessment of a critical appraisal teaching programme on medical students’ confidence and performance in appraising medical literature

Background Previous research has demonstrated that medical students have insufficient knowledge of critical appraisal, a fundamental aspect of evidence-based medicine. We aimed to enhance medical students’ critical appraisal skills using an innovative mixed-methods programme.

Paper versus electronic feedback in high stakes assessment


Tablet computers have emerged as increasingly useful tools in medical education, particularly for assessment. However, it is not fully established whether tablet computers influence the quality and/or quantity of feedback
provided in high stakes assessments. It is also unclear how electronically recorded feedback relates to student performance. Our primary aim was to determine whether differences existed in feedback depending on the tool used to record it.