The importance of assessment in the medical undergraduate curriculum…. and beyond!

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Written by Dr Melanie Coulson (MbChB, MSc, FHEA) (Medical Education AFP) Dr Melanie Couslon Twitter: @Mel24712808 What is assessment? Assessment during the medical undergraduate degree has many forms. Most medical students can identify commonly defined categories. Is it formative or summative? Is it placement-based? Is it interprofessional? Is it a written exam or an ‘Objective Structured Clinical Examination’ (OSCE)? Additionally, when reviewing assessment techniques, assessors must consider the ‘soft skills’ of the curriculum too. Soft skills include communication, teamwork, professionalism, and leadership. Is there a requirement to assess? In short- yes, because the General Medical Council (GMC) says so! However, it is not as simple as that. Medical schools must ensure their assessments are mapped to the curriculum (Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009)). Furthermore, they must be able to prove their assessment methods are valid, reliable, fair, acceptable, cost-effective, etc. Medical schools regularly get audited on the transparency of their assessment techniques and therefore...
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Patients: not sign offs

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 Written by Abbie Tutt, JASME. Abbie Tutt Twitter: @abbietutt I looked at my timetable this week. Some self-directed learning (result!), a day on labour ward and a scattering of clinics. Not too much then, should be able to cope, might even get some studying done this week. I had just finished a GP placement where I was commuting for a full hour and a half every day and was consequently shattered. I am relieved now to only be travelling 20 minutes up the road. As a final year student I can feel exams breathing down my neck. There’s pressure to perform at a finals standard despite it being over 2 years since I stepped foot on a labour ward. I’m determined to get sign offs completed early and attend all teaching, but time is precious, so I need to recognise when I am no longer learning and return home to revise....
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BHM: ASMEBITESIZE Highlights

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As part of Black History Month ASME is highlighting some of the relevant work we have showcased. In September last year Dr Anique Atherley (MedEd Travelling Fellowship 2019 Award Winner) presented an ASMEBITESIZE session on Diverse, dynamic and deliberate networks of students transitioning to clinical training (asme.org.uk).                  Hosted by the ASME Director for Publications, Dr Kim Walker, the session focussed on Anique's own empirical research into the social networks of undergraduate transitioning students. To access the video, presentation as well as Dr Atherley’s social network exercise from this fantastic ASMEBITESIZE session please follow this link; ASMEBITESIZE: Diverse, dynamic & deliberate networks of students transitioning to clinical training - YouTube
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BHM Message from Yvonne Mbaki, Lead for Diversity and Inclusion.

Please click here, https://asme.link/BHMVideoMessage, to see a message from Yvonne Mbaki, ASME's Lead for Equality and Inclusion, regarding Black History Month. We welcome your contributions for BHM and would be delighted for you to share your stories via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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BHM: ASMEBITESIZE Highlights

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  As part of Black History Month ASME is highlighting some of the relevant work we have showcased. In November last year Lydie Kitenge and Hazal Turunc presented an ASMEBITESIZE session on Representation In Medicine (asme.org.uk), hosted by Ed Whittaker our Co-chair of JASME.  They touched on the impact that imposter syndrome can have and also factors such as socioeconomic factors - both which play a role in inhibiting diversity and equality amongst aspiring medics. Students can often feel alienated from content being taught at medical school. For example, there is a lack of representation of different clinical signs on darker skin amongst medical textbooks and lectures. Lydie and Hazal want to ensure students do not feel this way and that a student’s background does not diminish their medical school experience. Through Journey2Med they want to raise awareness on a topic that has frequently been deemed as ‘uncomfortable’ and so often...
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