Assessment in postgraduate dental education: an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses
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- University of Cambridge
This paper describes a study designed to evaluate assessment in postgraduate dental education in England, identifying strengths and weaknesses and focusing specifically on its relevance, consistency and cost-effectiveness. METHODS: A four-phase qualitative method was used: a mapping of current career paths, assessment policy, and issues (phase 1); more detailed studies of the practice of assessment for a range of courses, and the systemic/management perspective of assessment (i.e. quality assurance) (phases 2 and 3), and analysis and reporting (phase 4). Data were analysed from documents, interviews, group consultations and observations. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Five key issues may be distilled from the findings: (i) lack of formal assessment of general professional training; (ii) trainer variation in assessment; (iii) the extent to which assessments are appropriate indicators of later success; (iv) the relationship between assessment and patient care, and (v) data to assess the costs of assessment. CONCLUSION: Current assessment procedures might be improved if consideration is given to: assessment which supports an integrated period of general professional training; training for trainers and inspection procedures to address variation; more authentic assessments, based directly on clinical work and grading cases and posts, and better data on allocation of resources, in particular clinicians' time given to assessment.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2001|
- dental, standards, education, medical, graduate, cost effectiveness, professional competence, educational measurement, curriculum, education, reliability and validity, Great Britain