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2015 Future of Testing Conference

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 18:45

What will ABP testing look like in the future? That will be the subject of a May 2015 conference in Durham, N.C., which will explore innovative ways to measure knowledge, learning and competency.

The American Board of Pediatrics is sponsoring the Future of Testing Conference, bringing together approximately 75 leaders from the educational and pediatric communities to hear speakers and presentations, and work in small discussion groups to explore new methods to better assess physician competencies.

Professor Cees P.M. van der Vleuten, Scientific Director, School of Health Sciences Education,University of Maastricht, Netherlands, will be the opening keynote speaker.

"Our goal is to elicit best thinking and facilitate small-group dialogue at this conference,” says Linda Althouse, PhD, ABP Vice President of Psychometrics, Research, and Testing Services. “The ABP recognizes the ongoing changes occurring in physician practice, as well as the rapid advances in assessment, and wants to identify and explore new methods that may better assess physician competencies.”

Some topics to be explored at the conference include:

  • Assessment Engineering
  • Auto-item Generation
  • Adaptive Testing 
  • Use of the Internet during Secure Online Testing
  • Online Proctoring
  • Computer-based Simulations
  • Game-based Assessments
  • Assessing Clinical Reasoning
  • Performance-based Assessments
  • Assessment Across the Continuum
  • Workplace Assessments
  • EPAs, Competencies, and Milestones
  • Maintenance of Certification

“We believe the expertise and insights offered by conference attendees will provide valuable guidance in shaping the future of testing and assessment, not only in pediatrics but in all disciplines,” Althouse says.