Effect of an assessment tool on quality of feedback.

medical education competency development competency assessment

drs. M.A.C. Versluis
Dr. R.A. Tio

Nature of the research:
prospective observational cohort study.

Fields of study:
gynaecology obstetrics

Background / introduction
Medical education is evolving along with a rapid changing world (Frenk et al 2010). Besides the acquisition of knowledge, future doctors also need to develop other competencies (Canmeds 2015). Communication is of growing importance as well as the skill to find relevant information on health problems. Assessment of competencies requires a different approach. It is not sufficient to test the knowledge of students on these competencies. Instead, these competencies require assessment by an expert in the specific medical field and specific competency . Preferably, this assessment results in constructive feedback that helps the student to identify what aspects to retain and what needs to be improved. The quality of the feedback relies on the assessor but much is unknown about factors that facilitate or relate to the quality of feedback. This study evaluates feedback on a task performed by small groups of students and has a focus on the competencies of communication and scholar as described in the CanMEDS 2015. Besides identification of factors that relate to the quality of feedback this study aims to investigate the use of a checklist in the assessment of a task in which students pose and solve a clinical query using the PICO-CAT approach.
Research question / problem definition
Does the use of a checklist, with or without a calibration session relate to the quality of feedback?
The student actively contributes to the further development of this project. Activities include formulation of a research question, development of a database and analysis of the data taken from existing assessment forms. In addition, the student is involved in evaluation of the quality of feedback.
- Frank et al. CanMEDS 2015. Downloaded from:
- Frenk J, et al. Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world. Lancet. 2010 Dec 4;376(9756):1923-
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Laatst gewijzigd: 23 februari 2012