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The 2019 Meridith Marks Mentorship lecture: Learner Handover: How does it influence assessment?

Location: Faculty of Medicine, St. John's

Date: 16 October 2019


This lecture is part of the visit by the 2019 Meridith Marks Mentorship Award winner, Dr. Susan Humphrey-Murto, from the University of Ottawa. For more information on the Meridith Marks Mentorship Award, go to The award will be presented to Dr. Humphrey-Murto at this lecture.

Learner handover (LH) is the sharing of information about trainees between faculty supervisors involved in their education. Those in favour of LH believe it enables the trainee to build upon previous assessments and aligns well with competency-based education. Those opposed are concerned with its potential to bias future assessments. This talk will review key concepts across multiple disciplines surrounding the influence of prior performance information (PPI) on current ratings, describe recently conducted studies covering both experimental and qualitative studies on the topic.

Lecture will take place in Room 1M101 of the Medical School on October 16, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Humphrey-Murto completed her MD and Internal Medicine studies at the University of Ottawa followed by Rheumatology training and a Masters in Education at the University of Toronto. As a clinician educator Dr. Humphrey-Murto maintains an active clinical practice in Rheumatology and osteoporosis.

For ten years she was Director of the Ottawa Exam Center and Deputy Registrar for the Medical Council of Canada. She has been actively involved in examinations at the University of Ottawa, the Medical Council of Canada and at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She presently has several administrative roles including Interim Director, Research Support Unit, Department of Innovation in Medical Education (DIME); Director of the uOSSC/DIME Fellowship in Medical Education, Interim Program Director (Rheumatology) and completed her term as Co-Chair for the Education Research and Development Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Her research interests involve performance-based assessment, the use of consensus group methods in education research and learner handover.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define learner handover and list potential benefits and shortcomings.
  • Describe the potential influence of prior performance information on current performance assessment in medical education and across disciplines.
  • Reflect on the impact of prior performance information in the form of learner handover on clinical assessment in their own context.

Program Agenda

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
12:00 PM


Funds in support of this CME activity were provided as an educational grant to Memorial University. The funds were independently allocated and disbursed in accordance with current CMA guidelines. An educational grant to help support this program provided by:

The Office of Professional Development (OPD), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows OPD to assign credits for educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.