Summary:

A feature of the March 2012 issue of Medical Teacher is a commentary and a series of articles on assessment of competence. Assessment of students and healthcare professionals is one of the most important challenges facing medical education today and was the subject of an International Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia attended by 1200 participants. These contributions to Medical Teacher highlight challenging ideas for the future of assessment and will be available as free downloads in the hope that they will help to stimulate discussion.

Article:

A feature of the March 2012 issue of Medical Teacher is a commentary and a series of articles on assessment of competence. Assessment of students and healthcare professionals is one of the most important challenges facing medical education today and was the subject of an International Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia attended by 1200 participants. These contributions to Medical Teacher highlight challenging ideas for the future of assessment and will be available as free downloads in the hope that they will help to stimulate discussion.
The articles include:
Towards a systems approach to assessment C. P. M. van der Vleuten, Elaine F. Dannefer
A model for programmatic assessment fit for purpose C. P. M. van der Vleuten, L. W. T. Schuwirth, E. W. Driessen, J. Dijkstra, D. Tigelaar, L. K. J. Baartman, J. van Tartwijk
Evidence within a portfolio-based assessment program: What do medical students select to document their performance? Elaine F. Dannefer, S. Beth Bierer, Sophia P. Gladding
Student perspectives on assessment: Experience in a competency-based portfolio system Faysal Altahawi, Bryan Sisk, Stacey Poloskey, Caitlin Hicks, Elaine F. Dannefer
The use of programmatic assessment in the clinical workplace: A Maastricht case report Erik W. Driessen, Jan van Tartwijk, Marjan Govaerts, Pim Teunissen, Cees P. M. van der Vleuten

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