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Year : 1985  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-32

Assessment of nonscholastic abilities in the M. Ch (urology) curriculum.

Department of Urology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

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S P Tandon
Department of Urology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

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At present the non-scholastic abilites such as human relationship, moral reasoning, creativity, initiative, leadership qualities, decision making etc. are being neglected in the M. Ch Urology residency programme, as compared to scholastic or technical abilities. The noncognitive personal attributes have been shown to be better predictors of academic as well as vocational success than only the cognitive abilites. The present method of evaluation of the former qualities, if it exists at all, suffers from major shortcomings such as lack of objective assessment, and failure to use the assessment as a motivating tool. An objective methodology for the self-assessment of nonscholastic abilites is suggested for the continuous monitoring and development of non-scholastic behaviour in urology residents. such an assessment is expected to reveal indirectly the lacunae, if any, in the urology department/institution, pointing thereby towards precise remedial measures to be instituted promptly so that urological administrators, teachers and residents can mutually continue to strive for standards of excellence, consequently reflected as improved total performance.

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