Developing "Board-type" Written Test Questions for the Basic and Clinical Sciences
Marcia Jackson, PhD, President, CME by Design
Janice Sibley, MS, MA, Associate Vice President, American College of Cardiology
Mediasite Presentation Details:
Cosponsored by: Office of Academic Affairs & Faculty Development and Irwin H. Brown Office of Continuing Professional Development
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 8:00 AM CST
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Assessment is a critical component of learning and, when properly used, it can be a great aid in accomplishing key goals for training health services practitioners, educators, and research scientists. Because assessment can have such a powerful influence on learning, it is important to develop test items that assess knowledge application, analysis, and evaluation rather than assessing only recall of isolated facts. Problem- or case-based assessment is routinely used by certification boards worldwide to validate the basic competency levels of healthcare specialists in practicing their profession.
Dr. Jackson and Ms. Sibley will introduce the specific National Board of Medical Examiners’ technique of writing high-quality, case-based, multiple-choice questions that assess skill in interpreting data and making decisions, which are important components of clinical skills training.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Create “board-type” assessment questions using the NBME standards for constructing test items for the
basic and clinical sciences.
2. Recognize what certification boards view as acceptable versus unacceptable questions.
3. Formulate and critique “board-type” questions, based on content within their own expertise. A model of a
web-based question authoring and presentation tool will also be demonstrated.
Participants are asked to bring to the workshop the elements of a single problem or clinical case that they can use to construct an NBME standard question.
For clinical cases, you would bring a few words on paper or in your head about:
For non-clinical cases, you would bring a few words on paper or in your head describing a situation or problem that might relate to the validation of common beliefs and misconceptions, basic information, scientific inquiry, explanations, and imagined scenarios, etc.
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Professional Development has reviewed this activity’s speaker and planner disclosures and resolved all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.
Commercial Support: This activity has no commercial support.
Course Director- Margie Miller has no financial relationships or affiliations to disclose.
Course Contact- Jan Quayle has no financial relationships or affiliations to disclose.
Speakers- Dr. Marcia Jackson is owner and President of CME by Design.
Ms. Janice Sibley has no financial relationships or affiliations to disclose.
The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity Institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 405-271-5557
CME available only to those in attendance. CME not provided for video presentation.