May 18, 2015 10:55 AM – 12:25 PM
Susan Albright, BA, Wayne Altman, MD, Isarin Sathitruangsak, MBA, Minhthe Nguyen, MBA
Tufts University School of Medicine
The TUSK (Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase) Competency Checklist tool, available on mobile devices, uses the course competencies (using the Medbiquitous Competency and Competency Framework) and allows faculty to further define skills for assessment. Students are required to complete self, partner and faculty assessment sequentially. Faculty and partners can find the student competent or lacking, and provide feedback and then later reassess the skill if necessary. The checklist is used in the year-long Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary care (CAP) Course beginning in April of the first year and continues for one year. When ready, the student sends a link to the assessor who clicks the link on any device to assess the student and provide feedback. Faculty may choose to make skills assessment required or optional. Prior to this tool students carried 50 index cards, one skill per card. A reports page shows percentage completion of mandatory and optional competencies simplifying course administration. Students see a summary of their progress and do not have to worry about losing their deck of 50 cards. The specific microskills that make up each competency are available to the faculty without a password, in real time while they are assessing the student. This allows course directors to standardize the course objectives through these required competencies.