Korean J Med Educ.  2015 Dec;27(4):309-319. 10.3946/kjme.2015.27.4.309.

Development of guide to clinical performance and basic clinical skills for medical students

  • 1Department of Medical Education, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. hyerinr@inje.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Family Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Emergency Medicine, Seoul Seonam Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Neurology, Wonkwang University School of Medicine, Iksan, Korea.
  • 6Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cheongju St. Mary's Hospital, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 7Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.


The aim of this report was to discuss the development and content of a guide on clinical performance and basic clinical skills for medical students. We published the first edition of this guide in 2010 and will publish the second edition in 2016. Initially, we took a survey on important clinical presentations and fundamental clinical and technical skills in 41 medical schools in Korea. Ultimately, we chose 80 core clinical presentations and 56 clinical skills. In the guide to basic clinical skills, we described the physical examination and technical skills according to the preprocedural preparation, procedure, and postprocedural process. In the guide on clinical performance, we reviewed patient encounters-from history taking and the physical examination to patient education. We included communication skills, principles of patient safety, and clinical reasoning schemes into the guides. In total, 43 academic faculty members helped develop the basic clinical skills guide, 75 participated in establishing the clinical performance guide, and 16 advisors from 14 medical specialty societies contributed to the guide. These guides can help medical students approach patients holistically and safely.


Clinical competence; Scheme; Technical skills; Procedures
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