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Student Assessment - Assessment Resources

Assessment basics
Policies and procedures governing assessment
Summative Assessment Procedure for Phases 1-3
Summative Assessment Policy for Phases 1-4
Summative Assessment Procedure for Core Clerkship
Formative Assessment Policy
External examinations
National Board of Medical Examiners
Medical Council of Canada
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The Ottawa Conferences on Assessment in Medical Education
Best Evidence Medical Education Consortium
Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME)
Professional development
NBME's Writing Multiple Choice Questions: An Introductory Tutorial is a self-paced interactive tutorial that provides a foundation for writing quality multiple-choice questions. This tutorial is designed to introduce some of the main principles of item writing to individuals who write questions for examinations in the field of medicine and across the range of health professions.
   Featured topics include:
  • the anatomy of an item
  • basic rules for writing good stems and options
  • characteristics of a quality "best-answer" item
  • writing items to assess clinical reasoning
  • common item flaws
  • strategies for evaluating test items
The tutorial is organized into sections so that you can complete only a portion of it and easily return later; the entire tutorial takes about 45 minutes to complete.
Bandiera G, Sherbino J, Frank JR. The CanMEDS assessment tools handbook: An introductory guide to assessment methods for the CanMEDS competencies. Ottawa: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 2006.
Wass V, Archer J. Chapter 14. Assessing learners. In Dornan T, Mann K, Scherpbier A, Spencer J. (Eds). (2011). Medical education: Theory and practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Swanwick, T. (Ed)., (2013).Understanding medical education: Evidence, theory and practice. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell & the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).
Written examinations and Item writing
NBME Item Writing Manual: Constructing Written Test Questions For the Basic and Clinical Sciences
Available as a free pdf download.

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