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Summative Assessments in Year 1 and 2 Curriculum


Non-Clinical

Assessment of students' participation in weekly Case Inquiry (IQ) groups by faculty facilitators, utilizing observable behavior anchors and focusing on 1) contributions to the group content and process, 2) critical appraisal of resources, and 3) professional behaviors.

End-of-block Assessment: Summative Synthesis Essay Questions (SSEQs) are exercises that measure what students know at the end of each block in the Foundations of Medicine and Health. They are closed book exercises with approximately 5 clinical scenarios and accompanying questions and take 3-4 hours to complete. These SSEQs are similar in format to the synthesis essays students have done in an open book fashion throughout the block. These summative exercises are scheduled at the end of each large teaching module (every 3-4 months) and are graded by the faculty who are content specialists.

Practical Examinations: These assessments occur in the final week of blocks 2-6 and integrate anatomy, histo-pathology and radiology through clinical scenarios and questions that ask for anatomic localization and histo-pathologic identification.

Professional Learning Plan: At the midpoint of each block students reflect on their learning, identifying their strengths and areas for further study. A quality improvement template (in the form of the plan-do-study-act cycle) is completed at the end of the block students meet in societies to assess their success and barriers in carrying out their quality improvement plans.

Portfolios: The WR2 curriculum is a competency-based curriculum with 9 core competencies. Students submit portfolios with reflective essays to demonstrate that they have met the target achievement levels as they progress through the WR2 curriculum. Portfolios are submitted at the end of year 1, just prior to the start of core clinical rotations and in the fourth year.

Clinical

Assessment of Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) programs below culminating in the End of Year 2 Summative OSCE.

Tuesday Seminars: Assessment of students' participation in weekly Tuesday Seminar groups by faculty preceptors, utilizing observable behavior anchors and focusing on 1) contributions to the group content and process, 2) professional behaviors;

Communication Workshop: Direct preceptor observation of skills and assessment of student self-reflections on workshop performance.

Physical Diagnosis (PD): PD1: Direct preceptor observation of skills and assessment of assignments and PD1 Mini OSCE performance. PD2 and PD3: Direct preceptor observation of skills and assessment of assignments.

Patient-Based Programs (CPCP-YR2): Direct preceptor observation of skills and assessment of assignments.

End of Year 2 Summative OSCE:
Year 2 Summative OSCE is a comprehensive assessment of student's clinical skills (communication, physical diagnosis, presentations, and clinical reasoning). The OSCE is a five hour, four station exam. Students must pass the exam in order to move on to third year rotations. If a student fails, they will be required to remediate and pass the remediation exam before continuing. In addition to the exam itself, the OSCE process includes self-reflection done in three stages so that students have the opportunity to reflect on their pre-OSCE clinical skills, their skills during the exam (by viewing OSCE videos and receiving feedback from a small group of fellow students and a faculty preceptor), and after the exam by completing a second essay on Patient Care due the day after their scheduled OSCE.