[Standards] Educational Achievement comments and recommendations

Valerie Smothers vsmothers at jhmi.edu
Thu Oct 13 13:23:04 UTC 2016

Dear Standards Committee and Educational Trajectory Working Group:

We've received additional comments and questions on the Educational Achievement specification from the ECFMG, which are noted below.

Section 8.2, Page 23, the Language element, indicates the language of the achievement data for a program of study. Would achievement data for a program ever be conveyed in more than one language? Are there Canadian schools that would have data in both French and English, for example?

Section 8.2, Page 23, Supporting Link, recommend multiple. That would allow for links to multiple supporting documents for the curriculum.

Section 8.3.1, page 29 and section 8.6.1, page 63, Site - recommend adding a sentence to provide recommended usage.

Section 8.3.3, page 36, Date - this is the date of assessment. Recommend adding clarification about which date should be used for assessments lasting more than one day - the last day or the first?

Section 8.3.3, page Observation Duration and observer role - Is it possible to have more than one observer? And if there is more than one observer, should each observer's duration of observation and role be captured independently?

Section 8.3.4, page 39, 44, and 47 - Not Yet assessable - Are there other possible reasons for a score to be missing (withheld, restricted, invalidated, pending, etc.)? Should those be documented?

If you have opinions or insights on any of these questions, please share them with the group.

Many thanks,

From: Standards [mailto:standards-bounces at medbiq.org] On Behalf Of Valerie Smothers
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2016 7:57 AM
To: standards at medbiq.org
Subject: [Standards] Educational Achievement comments and recommendations

Dear Standards Committee,

The Educational Trajectory Working Group reviewed the compiled comments from the Standards Committee and has provided recommendations and proposed edits in response. There are two attached documents: one that shows compiled suggestions and recommendations and the revised spec. Please review and provide any comments by next Friday. October 7. Thank you!

Note that the proposed changes reflect feedback on the Educational Achievement spec from the ABP and NBME. The previous specification did not allow for the exchange of information related to the role of an observer making an assessment (ie attending physician, nurse, peer, etc) or the duration of the observation period for the assessment (one day, 30 days, etc). We've incorporated that feedback into the proposed changes, which are attached to this note. Adding these fields would make integration across systems involved in observational assessment more robust.


Valerie Smothers

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