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Keywords:

  • *Clinical skills;
  • Educational measurement/*methods;
  • Problem solving;
  • Education;
  • medical;
  • undergraduate;
  • Internship;
  • Gastroenterology/educ;
  • Family practice/educ;
  • Internal medicine/educ;
  • Ontario

Summary. The aggregate score technique is a new method to assess problem-solving in an actual encounter with a simulated patient. The technique focuses on diagnosis, investigations and management, and results in the derivation of a score for each area based on the comparison of items listed by a student to those of a criterion group. The paper describes a series of studies which were designed to establish the reliability and concurrent validity of the method.