Harmonisation of Clinical Assessment Tools

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Harmonisation of Clinical Assessment Tools

A pilot project being conducted at the University Centre for Rural Health, Lismore, NSW.

in 2011, Medical Deans received funding from Health Workforce Australia (HWA) to undertake a pilot project to develop and trial a harmonised clinical assessment tool used at clinical training sites which is shared by multiple medical schools, and which makes use of the same clinical supervisors.

The pilot was conducted at the University Centre for Rural Health, Lismore which has multiple medical schools sharing this clinical training site. The participating medical schools were University of Sydney (USYD), University of Western Sydney (UWS) and University of Wollongong (UoW).

The aims of the pilot were to:

A) Develop a harmonised clinical assessment tool for assessments which occur in the second half of a medical program where there are multiple medical schools sharing the same clinical training site;

B) Evaluate and document the pilot project to inform broader implementation of harmonised clinical assessment tools and relate project findings to other medical education projects.

The pilot trialled a harmonised clinical assessment tool across various targeted clinical attachments for medical students in the latter half of their professional entry program. These high priority attachments were Emergency Medicine, General Medicine, General Surgery and Mental Health.

The project results have been pleasing with the Harmonised Tool being viewed by clinicians and students as an effective tool for streamlining assessment processes for clinicians assessing multiple medical students. Interestingly, the results also indicate that the harmonised assessment tool has also been effective across disciplines; however the tool requires future fine tuning of the assessment criteria and modification to suit the context and the relevant attachments.

The findings from this project could be applied at other similar teaching and training sites, particularly rural sites where there are multiple medical schools sharing the same clinical site and supervisors. The processes required for future implementations of this project at other sites would be similar in regards to the level of participant/stakeholder buy in required at the pilot site and between participating medical schools to achieve the project deliverables.

The Final Report is available here.

For copies of the Education Consultant’s Report by Dr Christine Tom, please contact Medical Deans Office: admin@medicaldeans.org.au

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