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.
- Schoeman, S. (2011). Setting standards in health sciences education-a wake-up call. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 3(37), 2.
- Cohen-Schotanus, J., & van der Vleuten, C. P. M. (2010). A standard setting method with the best performing students as point of reference: Practical and affordable. Medical Teacher, 32(2), 154–160.
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