The impact of medical school assessment on preparedness to practice

Bennett, Christopher Robert, Mawhood, Naomi and Platt, Mary Jane (2019) The impact of medical school assessment on preparedness to practice. Medical Teacher, 41 (1). pp. 112-114. ISSN 0142-159X

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    Purpose: As assessment is known to drive learning, this paper looks at the relationship between assessment practice across UK medical schools and graduates preparedness for practice. Materials and methods: It uses data on written and practical assessment at each medical school and the association with students’ self-reported preparedness for working as a foundation doctor on graduation, and in particular the preparation related to clinical skills. Results and conclusions: A negative correlation (β= −0.003, p < 0.001) was observed between total duration of written assessment and preparedness, while a positive relationship (β = 0.461, p < 0.001) was seen between “adequately prepared” and the proportion of all assessment time focusing on practical skills. This suggests that graduates from medical schools with a greater emphasis on practical skills in their assessment plan are better prepared to practice as a junior doctor on gradation; something that may be of relevance when designing a national licensing examination.

    Item Type: Article
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 12:30
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 12:57
    DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1425796

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