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Assessment in Medical Education & Telford Memorial Lecture

  • Date: Wednesday 19th January 2022 from 2.00-5.00 pm
  • Venue: Zoom meeting
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members £

This meeting is being subsidised by the Manchester Medical Society and is FREE for all to attend. You will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event using the Q&A function on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded.

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The afternoon talks will be pre-recorded with a live Q&A session towards the end of the afternoon.

All talks have been pre-recorded.

2.00-2.05 pm
Welcome and introduction – Dr Emyr Benbow, President, Manchester Medical Society

2.05-2.25 pm          
Authenticity and Equivalence in OSCEs: Evolving insights and future directions
Dr Peter Yeates, Consultant in acute and respiratory medicine within the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education Research, Keele University School of Medicine

Synopsis of Lecture

Ensuring that clinical exams are a fair test of students’ performance is vital to both students’ and patients’ trust in exams, but Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs) face challenges from examiner variability and critiques of their authenticity. Moreover, whilst prior research on knowledge tests suggests potential variations in the conception of “just competent” doctors between different UK medical schools, no method has previously existed to explore the equivalence of clinical performance exams conducted in different locations. This talk will describe two innovations aimed at comparing and enhancing equivalence in OSCEs as well as new directions in trying to enhance the authenticity of OSCE exams. It will explore potential limitations of these innovations and consider future directions.

2.25-2.40 pm          
Clinical Reasoning and OSCEs

Professor Harish Thampy, Professor of Medical Education, University of Manchester

Synopsis of Lecture

Clinical reasoning is a core component of clinical competency that underpins decision making. It is typically seen as involving two main systems of thinking – system 1 that is triggered through pattern recognition, and system 2 that requires more deliberate cognitive process and problem solving. There are a range of potential assessment methods within medical education that allow us to evaluate a learner’s clinical reasoning ability. This presentation focuses specifically on one such tool, the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and will explore how this assessment method can be best designed and delivered to target clinical reasoning abilities.

2.40-2.55 pm          
Equivalency in UK medical school assessments: Myth or reality?

Professor Celia Brown, Professor of Medical Education in the Division of Health Sciences at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Synopsis of Lecture

A UK medical school graduate is a UK medical school graduate is a UK medical school graduate, right? Well, actually, maybe not. In this talk we will firstly consider why equivalency matters, before thinking about what exactly should be equivalent across medical schools. We will identify what systems are currently in place to ensure equivalency and what the evidence base tells us about the level of equivalency. Finally, we will consider the implementation of the UK Medical Licensing Assessment as a potential solution to the lack of equivalency.

Learning objectives 

  1. To understand the importance of equivalency of standards in making graduation decisions at different UK medical schools.
  2. To be aware of the evidence base detailing the level of equivalency in different outcomes across UK medical schools.
  3. To consider the GMC’s plan for a UK Medical Licencing Assessment as a method of enhancing equivalency.

2.55-3.10 pm
Theme: IRG and FCRG
Professor David Kluth, Chair of Medical Education, University of Edinburgh

3.10-3.25 pm
Professor Amir H. Sam, Head of Imperial College School of Medicine, Imperial College London

3.25-3.50 pm          
Speaker Live Q&A Session

3.50-4.00 pm

4.00-4.40 pm
TELFORD MEMORIAL LECTURE to be given by: Colin Melville, Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards – General Medical Council