The following body of work reveals the necessity and value of clinical skills assessments.
Examining the diagnostic justification abilities of fourth-year medical students
Williams RG, Klamen DL. Academic Medicine. 2012;87(8):1008-1014.
Practice indicators of suboptimal care and avoidable adverse events: a content analysis of a national qualifying examination
Bordage G, Meguerditchian AN, Tamblyn R. Academic Medicine. 2013;88(10):1493-1498.
Variations in senior medical student diagnostic justification ability
Williams RG, Klamen DL, Markwell SJ, Cianciolo AT, Colliver JA, Verhulst SJ. Academic Medicine. 2014;89(5):790-798.
Medical board complaints against physicians due to communication: analysis of North Carolina Medical Board data, 2002–2012 (PDF, page 28)
Davignon P, Young A, Johnson D. Journal of Medical Regulation. 2014;100(2):28-31.
Performance in physical examination on the USMLE Step 2 clinical skills examination
Peitzman SJ, Cuddy MM. Academic Medicine. 2015; 90(2):209-213
Inadequacies of physical examination as a cause of medical errors and adverse events: a collection of vignettes
Verghese A, Charlton B, Kassirer JP, Ramsey M, Ioannidis JPA. American Journal of Medicine. 2015;128:1322-1324
Can we increase the value and decrease the cost of clinical skills assessment?
Burdick WP, Boulet JR, LeBlanc KE. Academic Medicine. 2017; Epub ahead of print.
Step up—not on—the Step 2 clinical skills exam: directors of clinical skills courses (DOCS) oppose ending Step 2 CS
Ecker DJ, Milan FB, Cassesse T, Farnan JM, Madigosky WS, Massie FS Jr, Mendez P, Obadia S, Ovitsh RK, Silvestri R, Uchida T, Daniel M. Academic Medicine. 2017; Epub ahead of print.