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Diagnostic Reasoning Skills in Veterinary Students and Recent Veterinary Graduates.

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Title: Diagnostic Reasoning Skills in Veterinary Students and Recent Veterinary Graduates.
Author: Dhinsa, Tavleen
Department: Department of Population Medicine
Program: Population Medicine
Advisor: Chenier, Tracey
Abstract: Recent veterinary graduates enter clinical practice with a comprehensive knowledge base and skill set but still report low confidence in their clinical problem-solving abilities. To elucidate the reasons behind this low self-confidence we conducted a cross-sectional study into the self-confidence scores of two graduating cohorts of DVM students in two clinical competencies related to diagnostic reasoning, and a mixed methods investigation into how the problem-solving process changes for DVM students postgraduation. Findings showed that the self-confidence scores of students declined as they progressed through Years 1-3 of the DVM program, stabilized during their externship placements and final year, and improved six-months post-graduation. Interviews with DVM graduates identified content overload, a theory-practice gap, and a fear of making diagnostic errors as experiences contributing to this low confidence. Study findings highlight the need for further study on the impact of self-confidence on diagnostic skill development in veterinary students and recent graduates.
Date: 2019-09
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