This comprehensive, yet accessible, text demystifies the challenging area of competence assessement in medicine and the health sciences, providing a clear framework and the tools for anyone working or studying in this area. Written by a single, highly experienced, author, the content benefits from uniformity of style and is supported and enhanced by a range of pedagogic features including cases, questions and summaries. Essential reading for all students and practitioners of medical education, it will also be an invaluable guide for allied health professionals and psychologists with a general interest in assessment, evaluation and measurement and a useful library reference.
Table of Contents
Foundations. Introduction. Competence in Medicine. Basic Statistics for Testing. Validity and Reliability. Validity I – Logical and Content. Validity II – Correlational Based and Between Group Differences. Validity III – Advanced Methods. Reliability I. Reliability II. Test Construction and Evaluation. Formats of Testing for Cognition, Affect and Psychomotor Skills. Multiple Choice Items. Constructed Response Items. Measuring Clinical Skills with the Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE). Checklists, Questionnaires, Rating Scales and Direct Observations. Evaluating a Test: Item Analyses. Methods of Setting Cutoff Scores (Pass / Fail). References. Glossary. Index of Terms. Index of Names. Appendices.
Claudio Violato is currently Professor of Medical Education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine WFUSM). Prior to this, he was at the Univeristy of Calgary as an educational psychologist (from 1983-2013). From 2001 – 2013 he was Professor and Director, Medical Education and Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine. He has taught medical education and psychological measurement both at the graduate and undergraduate level for more than 30 years, and has had extensive publications in refereed journals, technical reports, book chapters, books, and other scholarly products. He is a world authority in medical education assessment and measurement.