How To Assess Students and Trainees in Medicineand Health
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Do you want to improve standards of practice?
Do you know how to construct examinations so that they are fit for purpose?
Can you give constructive feedback to aid development?

How to Assess Students and Trainees in Medicine and Health will help you develop these vital skills and much more.
This brand new title is an ideal resource for those keen to promote best practice in assessment, evaluation and feedback. From the theoretical basics of medical education to the various types of assessment used today, the book considers the practical issues surrounding assessment, with ‘trouble shooting’ help for those designing and writing assessments.

With hints and tips drawn from experienced medical educators, How to Assess Students and Trainees in Medicine and Health is fully supported by a companion website at containing worked examples and sample exemplar assessments that can be modified for personal use, making this the ultimate guide to mastering assessment, evaluation and development of students and trainees.


Olwyn M.R. Westwood is Professor of Medical Education, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London

Ann Griffin is Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Deputy Director, UCL Medical School

Frank C. Hay is Emeritus Professor of Immunology, St George’s University of London


Contributors, vii

Foreword, ix

Preface, xi

Chapter 1 Principles of assessment, 1
Olwyn M. R. Westwood and Ann Griffin

Chapter 2 Assessment of knowledge, 16
Steve Capey

Chapter 3 Development of skills competence assessment, 38
Alison Sturrock

Chapter 4 Assessment of performance, 59
Gavin Johnson and Allison Wiseman

Chapter 5 Assessment of professionalism, 76
Deborah Gill

Chapter 6 Setting the standard in assessments, 94
Steve Capey and Frank C. Hay

Chapter 7 Feedback and assessment, 114
Ann Griffin, Sophie Park and Catherine O’Keeffe

Chapter 8 Psychometrics in medical education assessment, 141
Katherine Woolf

Chapter 9 Examiners and examination boards, 167
Olwyn M. R. Westwood

Chapter 10 Future developments in assessment and feedback, 185
Jane Dacre

Index, 201