High profile talk: Design of National Medical Licensing Examinations

Welcome to CEMO's high profile talk. Dave Swanson from Academic Programs and Services in the United States will give a presentation about Design of National Medical Licensing Examinations.

Drawing on 25+ years of experience at the National Board of Medical Examiners and consulting work with several countries developing national medical licensing examinations (NMLEs), this presentation will explore alternate approaches to NMLEs. The following topics will be included:

  • Reasons why NMLEs are likely to be more widely used in the future
  • The evolution of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
  • The problem of “content specificity” and the challenges it poses for design of NMLEs
  • Approaches to assessment of cognitive skills in NMLEs
  • Approaches to assessment of clinical skills in NMLEs
  • Role(s) for workplace-based assessment methods in NMLEs

Dr. Swanson has co-authored and presented several hundred papers, cited, according to Google Scholar about 400 times per year. Topics include assessment of medical decision making with multiple-choice tests, patient management problems, and computer based clinical simulations; assessment of clinical skills with standardized patients; issues in computer based testing; patterns of performance on admission, licensure and certification examinations; and use of the internet for construction of customized examinations for use by medical schools.  He has also conducted item-writing and other assessment-related workshops at dozens of medical schools and professional conferences nationally and internationally

He is a past recipient of the Richard Farrow Gold Medal, presented by the Association for the Study of Medical Education in the United Kingdom for outstanding contributions to medical education. In 2014, he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and has an honorary professorial appointment at the University of Melbourne.

The seminar is open to everybody. Lunch will be served at 1.00 PM.

Published July 23, 2018 10:24 AM - Last modified July 23, 2018 10:24 AM