Assessment in Undergraduate Medical Education


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Assessment in undergraduate medical education
February 2011
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12 Assessment also features in Domain 2 on Quality assurance, review and evaluation and Domain 7 on Management of teaching, learning and assessment’.
Purpose of the supplementary advice
13 This advice is intended to help medical schools meet the mandatory standards in Tomorrow’s Doctors
(2009) and does not include new requirements or impose uniformity in approaches to assessment.
14 The advice reflects the importance of the continuum of medical education covering undergraduate medical education, the Foundation Programme and specialty including GP training. Following the merger of PMETB with the GMC in April 2010, the advice has been heavily influenced by documents originally developed by PMETB.
15 This advice should contribute to confidence of the public, and of doctors employers, in the assessment of medical students. In the past, medical schools may have made decisions based on traditional methods without adequate guidance from experts. There is interest in the extent of variability between medical schools, in the competence of their graduates and in whether all UK medical students are prepared for practice and entry to the Foundation Programme. From this perspective, there have been some calls for the introduction of a national licensing examination.
16 To address these concerns, the 2009 version of
Tomorrow’s Doctors is more detailed and prescriptive than previous editions in relation to assessment and the outcomes required of new graduates. In addition, the Medical Schools Council has taken initiatives to enhance the effectiveness and consistency of assessment (seethe section on Cross-school arrangements. This advice is a further step towards that goal.
17 The reports of the QABME reviews from 2003 to
2009, which are published on the GMC website, demonstrate the interest taken by GMC visitors in the assessment arrangements at medical schools. The issues are addressed in this guidance. We recognise the significant progress made by medical schools since the QABME reviews took place. Who is the advice for?
18 The advice reflects the views of experts and practitioners in the field. Many schools will have little to learn from the advice. But we anticipate that it will assist some schools as they seek to improve their assessment systems and that it will be of particular use to individuals who are relatively new to this field. This includes:



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