Formative assessment, assessment for your learning

Written by Dr Thomas Kropmans, CEO Qpercom empowering

Programmatic assessment is an integral approach to the design of an assessment program with the intent to optimise its learning, decision-making, and curriculum quality-assurance function. Individual methods of assessment, purposefully chosen for their alignment with the curriculum outcomes and their information value for the learner, the teacher and the organisation, are seen as individual data point1. provides an individual method of assessment and provides a formative assessment for your learning2. Whereas summative assessment is an assessment of learning used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period—typically at the end of a project, unit, course, semester, program, or school year3 offers live training sessions for medical and healthcare students seeking to improve consult skills. Students are cycled through 7 separate ~10-minute one on one sessions with a “mock” patient. Each session begins with a reading phase that gives 1 minute to review a “mock” chart, then a video chat opens, and the student conducts a consultation. In the first half, the student is allowed to ask questions of the patient to understand the medical situation. Then the student is asked to diagnose the patient, and finally to provide a treatment plan. In the final minute, the patient will then provide feedback to the student to improve their methodology. This process continues for 6 more separate “mock” patients. After the entire session is over, an email report card is sent that provides detailed feedback of the student’s efforts.

We at qualify our unique online approach as a “formative assessment method” to provide insight in your own learning. The patient scenarios are real, live and fully played out scenarios, however, all years of study should be able to get their best learning out of it. Codebook for rating clinical communication skills based on the Calgary-Cambridge Guide of Else Dalsgaard Iversen (2020)4 is used as a short form to assess your clinical communication skills. The feedback form sent to you shortly after the assessment, provides insight in the quality of how you; 1. Initiated the session, 2. Gathered information, 3. Built a relationship, 4. Provided structure, 5. Explained and planned treatment, and finally, 6. How you closed your session. Some of these items are subdivided (12) and marked on a scale from 1 – 4. The latter is repeated for all scenarios offered in that particular OSCE. Your maximum score is 48 per station, 336 in total for 7 stations.
Assuming you would participate in all 7 stations, we at have indicated the “pass bar” for final year and postgraduate students at 85% (> 285.6), for 4th and 5th year level respectively 70% (>235.2), 3rd year 50% (= 168) and finally 1st and 2nd year should be able to reach the threshold of 40% (<134.4). However, formative assessment is only providing you with an indication of where you’re at plus detailed feedback (Feedback Approach). Over the years to come, our data analysis will indicate whether these indicatives are correct and what level of “error” needs to be incorporated if a worldwide cohort of students is taking part in Most importantly, what the quality is of the oral and written feedback being provided by the patient/actors.

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The Mock-OSCE platform is a performance booster for every stage of career and will boost confidence, increase focus, and shine a light on clinical areas that need improvement. An excellent tool for OSCE Preparation!!! And the staff very kind and friendly. The experience was well worth the money!! I feel like I have friends in Ireland.
Avis T., United States
I am a doctor with various years of postgraduate experience. I need to sit several OSCE type of exams to further develop my professional career. I had the fortune to find Even though it is focused more on medical students, I found the experience very enriching. Actors were outstanding, and gave great immediate feedback. The feedback breakdown that is sent after the mock exam is awesome. I would not doubt to recommend to any colleague.
Alejandro F., New Zealand
It was good to be able to practise history taking in an exam style mock OSCE!
Joy A., England
It was good practice and the feedback provided was helpful.
Tatiana M., Scotland
As a family doctor from Saudi Arabia, currently pursuing a PhD, I appreciated taking the Mock-OSCE exam to train and assess my English communication skills. The test was well-organised, challenging, and efficient. Examiners gave me feedback which was structured, safe, to the point and well received.
Akram A., Saudi Arabia
Great experience and extremely helpful.
Carol C., Australia
The power of the consult for diagnosis is sometimes considered as strong as sophisticated imaging and/or assays - Mock-OSCE is a fantastic tool to sharpen skills, get more out of consults, and ultimately build stronger relationships with patients.
K.S., United States
The feedback is especially helpful as it provides useful details of improvement.
S.R., Canada
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