May 01, 2012
Next article: Bayesian assessment
Chris Ricketts is in charge of the progress testing at Penninsula medical college in the UK. He's a statistician by training and a pretty conservative one at that. To see him advocate a Bayesian approach to assessment in medical education is no small thing.
Here's an article from 2011 on the topic. It has some math in it which is daunting, but it's not that bad. There is an effort here at UMich to find a way to integrate medical student assessment longitudinally and this might be the right sort of approach to take.
Some questions to ask:
- What are the shortcomings of this approach?
- Is it beneficial to "red flag" students who underperform according to their own trends as opposed to a standards-based model
- Can students game this system? Will students like this system?
- How would it integrate with other schools' assessments when it's Dean's Letter time?
Posted by rbrent at May 1, 2012 06:20 AM