#3 – Standard setting with Scarpa Schoeman

In this episode of the SAAHE podcast I speak to Prof. Scarpa Schoeman, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at the Wits Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, where he leads and directs the Graduate Entry Medical Programme. Scarpa and I talk about the (almost) universal pass mark (cut score) of 50% and the problems with this as a standard. We also discuss possible alternatives to standard setting that take into account the validity and reliability of the assessment scores, as well the difficulty of the test.

Scarpa has published a variety of peer reviewed articles and presented at international conferences on the topic of medical education and assessment. His research interests include assessment and standard setting (the Cohen method in particular), as well as the educational environment for medical students. His clinical interests and practice focuses on Emergency Medicine. He also acts as Assessment consultant to the Colleges of Physicians, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatricians and Anaesthetists of South Africa. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom and is a part time tutor in Assessment and Standard setting for the CME at Dundee University.

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#2: Mapping exit-level assessment with Christina Tan

I recently spoke with Christina Tan, a PhD graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, who conducted research into the validity of assessing exit-level outcomes in an undergraduate medical programme at three medical schools.

This is the second in our podcast series on research in health professions education. If you have any suggestions for future conversations, please let us know in the comments.

If you’d like to read more about Christina’s work, here is one of her recent papers: Tan, C., van Schalkwyk, S., Bezuidenhout, J. & Cilliers, F. (2016). Mapping undergraduate exit-level assessment in a medical programme: A blueprint for clinical competence? African Journal of Health Professions Education 8(1):45-49. DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.2016.v8i1.546


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#1: Patient-centredness with Elize Archer

Welcome to a new SAAHE initiative where we have conversations with people doing interesting work in health professions education. In this conversation I talk to Elize Archer, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Stellenbosch. Elize conducted her research on patient-centred approaches to clinical practice among medical students. In our conversation we discuss different aspects of patient-centred practice, how to think about developing this mindset in students, and some of the challenges to its implementation.

You can read more about Elize’s work here: Archer, E. & van Heerden, B. (2016). Undergraduate medical students’ attitudes towards patient-centredness: a longitudinal study. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2017.000161.

We hope that this is the first of many such conversations and your comments and feedback are welcome. In particular, we’d love to hear your suggestions about PhD and group research projects that have the potential to change practice. If you know of anyone doing work that you think would be valuable to be shared more widely, please do let us know. I apologise for the audio quality at times during the recording. This is something that we’ll work on improving in the future. The conversation is just short of 50 minutes. I hope that you enjoy it.


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