A Novel Workplace-based Assessment for Competency-based Decisions and Learner Feedback

Hicks PJ, Margolis MJ, Carraccio C, Clauser BE, Donnelly K, Fromme HB, Gifford KA, Poynter SE, Schumacher DJ, Schwartz A; PMAC Module 1 Study Group
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Increased recognition of the importance of competency-based education and assessment has led to the need for practical and reliable methods to assess relevant skills in the workplace.

A novel milestone-based workplace assessment system was implemented in 15 pediatrics residency programs. The system provided: (1) web-based multisource feedback (MSF) and structured clinical observation (SCO) instruments that could be completed on any computer or mobile device; and (2) monthly feedback reports that included competency-level scores and recommendations for improvement.

For the final instruments, an average of five MSF and 3.7 SCO assessment instruments were completed for each of 292 interns; instruments required an average of 4-8 min to complete. Generalizability coefficients >0.80 were attainable with six MSF observations. Users indicated that the new system added value to their existing assessment program; the need to complete the local assessments in addition to the new assessments was identified as a burden of the overall process.

Outcomes - including high participation rates and high reliability compared to what has traditionally been found with workplace-based assessment - provide evidence for the validity of scores resulting from this novel competency-based assessment system. The development of this assessment model is generalizable to other specialties.