We continue our work towards improving assessments for doctors in post graduate medical training.
Currently we are working on:

  • Known and unknown bias in examiners and assessors. This is being done with a view to producing guidance for colleges, considering the implications of bias and highlighting areas of good practice in terms of training. This work is being led by Emily Beet at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
  • Academic dishonesty. Exploring the prevention and detection of cheating in, before and after summative examinations as well workplace based assessments.

In 2019 we plan to explore the inclusion of patient input into developing and performing high stakes clinical examinations across colleges, as well as looking at whether patient experience is part of the trainee assessment.

Our most recent completed work includes:

  • A response to the GMC consultation Welcomed and Valued in September 2018. This highlights the balance needed between ensuring patient safety, ensuring competence standards are met and doing all that is reasonably possible to enable doctors with a disability achieve their maximum potential.
  • Managing Access Arrangements for Candidates Requests Adjustments in High Stakes Assessments
  • Improving Feedback and Reflection to Improve Learning

All work in this area is carried out by our Assessment Committee, chaired by Gareth Griffiths and managed by Claire Coomber. For further information on any of our past or current work in assessment please contact Claire Coomber.