Mini Clinical Examination Exercise (mini-CEX)

This workplace-based assessment is for you if you need an assessment or observation of your interactions with either a patient or a fellow medical professional in a clinical setting. This is meant to be a quick 15-20 minute assessment.

Areas the Mini-CEX Evaluates

The mini-CEX has 7 areas that the assessor will be evaluating on a 6 point scale (1 being below expectations and 6 above expectations) It will look at:

  1. History-taking
  2. Physical examination
  3. Communication skills
  4. Clinical judgement
  5. Professionalism
  6. Organisation and efficiency
  7. Overall clinical care

Our form is developed for use with trainee ACPs therefore our benchmark for ‘Meets Expectations’ may be different than if you are currently a practising ACP. Be sure you and your assessor are clear on what the expectation is for your current level of practice.

Examples of situations where a mini-CEX might be useful

Ambulatory Paediatrics: History taking in clinic or a clinical examination in A&E

Acute Paediatrics: Ward round handover or bedside MDT discussion

Acute Neonatal: Ward round handover or a delivery handover

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Anyone near a computer with a bit of time this PM may be interested in free online seminar (Childhood Asthma), presented by Dr. Ian Sinha. It is hosted by Alder Hey as part of their Global Paediatric Series; definitely worth a watch if you can manage.