WCM-Q shares advice on assessment methods
May 10 2016 12:12 AM
Dr Thurayya Arayssi

Experts in the field of assessment of physicians from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) have delivered a series of workshops at Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar (WCM-Q).
They discussed the purpose of assessment, role of workplace-based assessments and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations in clinical assessments, development of exam-question test and score reporting, all of which are important elements of a well-designed system of assessment for measuring the knowledge and skills of doctors in training as well as healthcare professionals.
ABMS staff members Krista Allbee, vice-president, International Programmes; Dr David B Swanson, vice-president, Academic Programmes and Services; and Kathy Holtzman, director of Assessment and International Operations, presented the workshops, which were attended by more than 30 staff and faculty members from WCM-Q and other healthcare profession schools and healthcare institutions in Qatar.
The aim of the two-day event was to assist Qatar’s community of healthcare educators in updating their knowledge and skills of assessment methodologies in order to continue to meet the standards of excellence in medical education required of a modern healthcare system. The ABMS works to continually evolve standards for medical specialty practice and board certification to support advancements in medicine, science and technology, both in the US and internationally.
“High-quality assessment methods are absolutely crucial to the delivery of a quality education for healthcare professionals, and it is essential for faculty at healthcare profession schools and healthcare institutions to have access to the latest knowledge in this field,” said Dr Thurayya Arayssi, WCM-Q’s associate dean of continuing professional development. “We are extremely grateful to the ABMS for joining us and sharing their world-class expertise with our workshop participants.”

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