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Guidelines for assessing clinical competence


Newble, D and Dauphinee, D and Macdonald, M and Mulholland, H and Dawson, B and Page, G and Swanson, D and Thomson, AN and van der Vleuten, C, Guidelines for assessing clinical competence, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 6, (3) pp. 213-220. ISSN 1040-1334 (1994) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10401339409539680


Medical organizations responsible for assessing the clinical competence of large numbers of examinees have traditionally used written, oral, and observation-based examination methods. The results from these examinations form the basis for major professional decisions regarding promotion or privileges of medical students or physicians. In this article, we present a set of guidelines that examining bodies should follow in developing and implementing assessment procedures that are a valid reflection of examinees’ current level of competence and of their ability to perform satisfactorily at the next stage of training or practice. The guidelines are based on our collective experiences as well as the growing literature on assessment of clinical competence. The discussion covers issues that have not been fully addressed in previously published reviews, including identifying the competencies to be tested, selecting appropriate and realistic test methods, dealing with test administration and scoring, and setting standards for the desired level of performance. © 1994, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thomson, AN (Professor Alex Thomson)
ID Code:5479
Year Published:1994
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-26

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