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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2022; 19: 10.
Published online May 10, 2022.
[Epub ahead of print]
Is it possible to introduce an interview to the Korean Medical Licensing Examination to assess professional attributes?: a survey-based observational study
Seung-Joo Na1  , HyeRin Roh2,3,4  , Kyung Hee Chun5  , Kyung Hye Park6,7  , Do-Hwan Kim8 
1Department of Medical Education, CHA University School of Medicine, Pocheon, Korea
2Department of Medical Education, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
3Department of Humanities & Social Sciences in Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
4Institute for Medical Humanities, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
5Department of Medical Education, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea
6Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei Wonju Christian Hospital, Wonju, Korea
7Department of Medical Education, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea
8Department of Medical Education, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence  HyeRin Roh ,Email:
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: January 28, 2022  Accepted after revision: May 7, 2022
This study aimsed to gather opinions from medical educators on the possibility of introducing an interview to the Korean Medical Licensing Examination (KMLE) to assess professional attributes. Specifically following topics were dealt with: the appropriate timing and tool to assess unprofessional conduct; ; the possiblity of prevention of unprofessional conduct by introducing an interview to the KMLE; and the possibility of implementation of an interview to the KMLE.
A cross-sectional study approach based on a survey questionnaire was adopted. We analyzed 104 pieces of news about doctors’ unprofessional conduct to determine the deficient professional attributes. We derived 24 items of unprofessional conduct and developed the questionnaire and surveyed 250 members of the Korean Society of Medical Education 2 times. Descriptive statistics, cross-tabulation analysis, and Fisher’s exact test were applied to the responses. The answers to the open-ended questions were analyzed using conventional content analysis.
In the 1st survey, 49 members (19.6%) responded. Out of 49, 24 (49.5%) responded in the 2nd survey. To assess unprofessional conduct, there was no dominant timing among basic medical education (BME), KMLE, and continuing professional development (CPD). There was no overwhelming assessment tool among written examination, objective structured clinical examination, practice observation, and interview. Response rates of “impossible” (49.0%) and “possible” (42.9%) suggested an interview of the KMLE prevented unprofessional conduct. In terms of implementation, “impossible” (50.0%) was selected more often than “possible” (33.3%).
Professional attributes should be assessed by various tools over the period from BME to CPD. Hence, it may be impossible to introduce an interview to assess professional attributes to the KMLE, and a system is needed such as self-regulation by the professional body rather than licensing examination.
Keywords: Medical education; Medical licensure; Professionalism; Professional competence; Republic of Korea
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