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The list of essential skills is currently based on the UCSD School of Medicine Committee on Educational Policy's 1994 recommendations and is taught using a combination of individual and small group sessions. These skills include:

1. At entrance into medical school or soon thereafter:
    a. Basic microcomputer operation (the ability to run DOS, Windows, and/or Macintosh-based systems; navigate between applicatiions; and open, close, transfer, save, and back-up (files).

    b. Basic word processing (the ability to create, edit and print simple documents).

2. By completion of medical school:
    a. Intermediate computing (the ability to use electronic mail and computer-based training programs on a variety of platforms including Windows and Macintosh-based systems; a basic familiarity with concepts such as networks and the internet).

    b. Intermediate word processing (the ability to incorporate one or more formats such as literature search results, a graph, or a table of data into a word-processed document).

    c. Information search and retrieval (the ability to retrieve relevant, timely information from the medical literature using printed sources or on-line databases. Proficiency in on line searching which entails understanding of databasee scope and coverage; use of controlled vocabualry, methods for limiting retrievals, and logical searching using boolean operators; and critiques of search results).

    d. Information management (the ability to organize and manage information by creating personal databases for research or patient care. The ability to handle information presented in database format. Includes the use of generic applications such as Fox Pro; bibliographic applications such as Reference Manager and End Note; and/or specific data sources such as the residency database, Frieda).

    e. Data analysis and presentation (the ability to collect quantitative and qualitative data; knowledge of, and skill in, using statistical and graphical display programs; and the ability to present information effectively, orally and in writing).

    f. Use of Hospital Information Systems (the ability to retrieve laboratory data, x-ray reports and other patgient data from a variety of systems, including those at the UCSD Medical Center and the VA Hospital).

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