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The assessment of surgical competency and medical knowledge during surgical residency is an active field of research. Less studied, but equally important, is the development and validation of assessment tools for the nontechnical aspects of surgical competency: clinical judgment, critical thinking, and the ability to integrate knowledge into clinical decision making. Shin and colleagues assessed the ability of the Clinical Practice Instrument (CPI) to measure 6 key diagnostic and management skills among 45 otolaryngology residents. The CPI was able to demonstrate improvement in qualitative and management capabilities as the residents advanced through their training. Cohen provides an Invited Commentary.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(5):417. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.1803