Identifying diagnostic experts

Measuring the antecedents to pattern recognition

Thomas Loveday*, Mark Wiggins, Marino Festa, David Schell

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Medical expertise is typically denoted on the basis of experience, but this approach appears to lack validity and reliability. The present study investigated an innovative assessment of diagnostic expertise in medicine. This approach was developed from evidence that expert performance develops following the acquisition of cue associations in memory, which facilitates diagnostic pattern-recognition. Four distinct tasks were developed, for which the judicious extraction and selection of environmental cues may be advantageous. Across the tasks, performance clustered into two levels, reflecting competent and expert performance. These clusters were only weakly correlated with traditional methods of identifying domain experts, such as years of experience. The significance of this outcome is discussed in relation to training, evaluation and assessment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationICPRAM 2012 - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods
    EditorsPedro Latorre Carmona, J. Salvador Sánchez, Ana L. N. Fred
    Place of PublicationOnline
    PublisherSciTePress
    Pages269-274
    Number of pages6
    Volume2
    ISBN (Print)9789898425980
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods, ICPRAM 2012 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
    Duration: 6 Feb 20128 Feb 2012

    Other

    Other1st International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods, ICPRAM 2012
    CountryPortugal
    CityVilamoura, Algarve
    Period6/02/128/02/12

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