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Assessment strategies in gastroenterology by Neel Sharma

22 Aug, 16 | by abhichauhan

All doctors regardless of specialty are assessed regularly – after all assessment drives learning. From a UK standpoint assessment comprises the MRCP (UK) examinations and SCE. During GI training there is the JAG accreditation of simple and more advanced endoscopic intervention as well as portfolio based records.

In the field of medical education there are currently talks concerning the lack of potential value in a high stakes examination. In essence the current argument is that such a form of assessment can potentially limit a supervisor’s judgement if the candidate is unsuccessful. In this regard, the concept of programmatic assessment has come to the forefront where in essence a more holistic judgement of a candidate’s performance takes place. In brief continuous forms of learning, assessment and feedback are offered. And all elements of the learning/ assessment process are compiled to provide a fairer judgment of a learner’s abilities.
The next movement that has occurred in the US is that of entrustment or entrustable professional activities. Whilst competency based medical education has been cemented for some time, there have been concerns with the lack of entrustment decisions. Here supervisors would make the added assessment of when a learner can be entrusted to perform a competency unsupervised. The GI curriculum in the US has embedded this approach and it is likely that this phenomenon will snowball globally.

Further reading
Van der Veluten et al. A model for programmatic assessment. https://www.amee.org/getattachment/AMEE-Initiatives/ESME-Courses/AMEE-ESME-Face-to-Face-Courses/ESME/ESME-Online-Resources-China-Dec-2015/A-model-for-programmatic-assessment-fit-for-purpose.pdf

Neel Sharma is currently a gastroenterology trainee in Singapore having worked in a medical education setting across the UK, Asia and the US

‘Frontline Training: The shape of Gastroenterology training in the UK and beyond’

22 Feb, 16 | by Dr Philip J Smith, Frontline Gastroenterology Trainee Editor

After the great #FGDebate with the Ms Kay Greveson, we are delighted to announce our next #FGDebate will be on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 with Dr Gavin Johnson, Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCL Hospitals and The Royal Free Hospital, London, at 8-9pm GMT and will discuss, ‘Frontline Training: The shape of Gastroenterology training in the UK and beyond’.

Dr Gavin Johnson is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCL Hospitals and The Royal Free Hospital. His clinical work encompasses pancreaticobiliary medicine with ERCP and EUS, and he has experience of organising numerous postgraduate courses including ERCP hands-on and London Live Endoscopy. He was until 2015 the Chair of the BSG Education Committee, and currently sits on the JAG QA committee with a role in defining the new assessment and JAG accreditation procedures for UK endoscopists in training. Dr Johnson is also a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at UCL and is the Director of Undergraduate Education at UCL Hospitals and Academic Lead for year 4 of UCL Medical School.

Dr Gavin Johnson

                             Dr Gavin Johnson

During the #FGDebate Dr Gavin Johnson will cover the following objectives:

– To debate the current challenges of UK training in gastroenterology and endoscopy

– To introduce new concepts in the formative and summative assessment and accreditation of UK endoscopists

– To discuss the potential risks and opportunities of the GMC’s Shape of Training

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