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2nd Edition

Assessment in Health Professions Education

ISBN 9781315166902
Published August 6, 2019 by Routledge
346 Pages

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Book Description

Assessment in Health Professions Education, second edition, provides a comprehensive guide for educators in the health professions—medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health fields. This second edition has been extensively revised and updated by leaders in the field. Part I of the book presents an introduction to assessment fundamentals and their theoretical underpinnings from the perspective of the health professions. Part II covers specific assessment methods, with a focus on validity, best practices, challenges, and practical guidelines for the effective implementation of successful assessment programs. Part III addresses special topics and recent innovative approaches, including narrative assessment, situational judgment tests, programmatic assessment, mastery learning settings, and the key features approach. This accessible text addresses the essential concepts for the health professions educator and provides the background needed to understand, interpret, develop, and effectively implement assessment methods.

Table of Contents


Georges Bordage


Rachel Yudkowsky, Yoon Soo Park, and Steven M. Downing

Part 1: Fundamentals of Assessment

1. Introduction to Assessment in the Health Professions

Rachel Yudkowsky, Yoon Soo Park, and Steven M. Downing

2. Validity and Quality

Matthew Lineberry

3. Reliability

Yoon Soo Park

4. Generalizability Theory

Clarence D. Kreiter, Nikki L. Zaidi, and Yoon Soo Park

5. Statistics of Testing

Steven M. Downing, Dorthea Juul, and Yoon Soo Park

6. Standard Setting

Rachel Yudkowsky, Steven M. Downing, and Ara Tekian

Part II: Assessment Methods

7. Written Tests: Writing High-Quality Constructed-Response and Selected-Response Items

Miguel Paniagua, Kimberly A. Swygert, and Steven M. Downing

8. Oral Examinations

Dorthea Juul, Rachel Yudkowsky, and Ara Tekian

9. Performance Tests

Rachel Yudkowsky

10. Workplace-Based Assessment

Mary E. McBride, Mark D. Adler, and William C. McGaghie

11. Narrative Assessment

Nancy Dudek and David Cook

12. Assessment Portfolios

Daniel J. Schumacher, Ara Tekian, and Rachel Yudkowsky

Part 3: Special Topics

13. Key Features Approach

Georges Bordage and Gordon Page

14. Simulations in Assessment

Luke A. Devine, William C. McGaghie, and Barry Issenberg

15. Situational Judgment Tests

Harold I. Reiter and Christopher Roberts

16. Programmatic Assessment: An Avenue to a Different Assessment Culture

Cees van der Vleuten, Sylvia Heeneman, and Suzanne Schut

17. Assessment Affecting Learning

Matthew Lineberry

18. Assessment in Mastery Learning Settings

Matthew Lineberry, Rachel Yudkowsky, Yoon Soo Park, David Cook, E. Matthew Ritter, and Aaron Knox

19. Item Response Theory

Yoon Soo Park

20. Engaging With Your Statistician

Alan Schwartz and Yoon Soo Park

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Rachel Yudkowsky is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Medical Education in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, and past Director of the UIC Dr. Allan L. and Mary L. Graham Clinical Performance Center.

Yoon Soo Park is Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Medical Education, and Director of Research for Educational Affairs in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Steven M. Downing is Associate Professor, Emeritus, in the Department of Medical Education in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.


"Ensuring health professionals are competent is crucial. The second edition of this publication is a timely, authoritative reference work that belongs on the bookshelves of anyone involved in assessment."

--Trudie E. Roberts, President of the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and Professor and Director of the Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, UK.

"This book serves as a foundation for assessment practice and research. The second edition is comprehensive and updates the previous edition with the most recent literature. I recommend that all of my colleagues and students in graduate programs have this revision on their bookshelves."

--John J. Norcini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)

"Assessment in Health Professions Education is a treasure of a book. Comprehensive, accessible, and wonderfully well-written, it can be used as an introductory text and as a reference work. I find it remarkable how all authors manage to make rather complex aspects seem so easy and accessible. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am going to keep it at the most prominent place on my bookshelves."

--Lambert Schuwirth, Professor of Medical Education at Flinders University, Australia

"Assessment of/for/as learning is a complex and fundamental area in health professions education, and the second edition of Assessment in Health Professions Education emerges as a great resource in the field. We have used the first edition as the main reference in our Master in Health Sciences Education program Assessment course, and we can vouch for its usefulness as a scholarly resource for students, teachers and researchers."

--Melchor Sánchez, Professor of Medical Education and Coordinator of the Master in Health Sciences Education Program at National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.