Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 370–373

Expectations for Oral Case Presentations for Clinical Clerks: Opinions of Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors

  • Eric H. Green
  • Steven J. Durning
  • Linda DeCherrie
  • Mark J. Fagan
  • Bradley Sharpe
  • Warren Hershman
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-008-0900-x

Cite this article as:
Green, E.H., Durning, S.J., DeCherrie, L. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2009) 24: 370. doi:10.1007/s11606-008-0900-x



Little is known about the expectations of undergraduate internal medicine educators for oral case presentations (OCPs).


We surveyed undergraduate internal medicine educational leaders to determine the degree to which they share the same expectations for oral case presentations.


Participants were institutional members of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine (CDIM).


We included 20 questions relating to the OCP within the CDIM annual survey of its institutional members. We asked about the relative importance of specific attributes in a third-year medical student OCP of a new patient as well as its expected length. Percentage of respondents rating attributes as “very important” were compared using chi-squared analysis.


Survey response rate was 82/110 (75%). Some attributes were more often considered very important than others (p < .001). Eight items, including aspects of the history of present illness, organization, a directed physical exam, and a prioritized assessment and plan focused on the most important problems, were rated as very important by >50% of respondents. Respondents expected the OCP to last a median of 7 minutes.


Undergraduate internal medicine education leaders from a geographically diverse group of North American medical schools share common expectations for OCPs which can guide instruction and evaluation of this skill.


education leaders oral case presentations clinical clerks 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric H. Green
    • 1
  • Steven J. Durning
    • 2
  • Linda DeCherrie
    • 3
  • Mark J. Fagan
    • 4
  • Bradley Sharpe
    • 5
  • Warren Hershman
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical CenterAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Department of MedicineMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineBrown Medical SchoolProvidenceUSA
  5. 5.Department of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  6. 6.Department of MedicineBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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