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Commentary on “What Defines an Honors Student? Survey of Pediatric and Internal Medicine Faculty Perspectives”

Authors: Patricia G. McBurney, MD, MSCR


In “What Defines an Honors Student? Survey of Pediatric and Internal Medicine Faculty Perspectives,” in this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Schmit and colleagues seek to explicate how attendings think.1 How do these evaluators recognize excellence (honors) for a third-year medical student performance?

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1. Schmit EO, Wu CL, Khodadadi RB, et al. What defines an honors student? Survey of pediatric and internal medicine faculty perspectives. South Med J 2019;112:450-454.
2. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. ACGME common program requirements. Effective July 1, 2017. Accessed April 26, 2019.
3. Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Functions and Structure of a Medical School. Standards for accreditation of medical education programs leading to the MD degree 2020-21. Published March 2019. Accessed April 27, 2019.
4. Lurie SJ, Mooney CJ, Lyness JM. Measurement of the general competencies of the accreditation council for graduate medical education: a systematic review. Acad Med 2009;84:301-309.