Dissemination of research findings often takes a long time. However, we are very pleased our research was noticed and published in Ronald Harden's 'Definitive Guide to the OSCE', an important book for those working in the field of medical education (page 147 (ISBN: 978-0-7020-5550-8)).
The most typical place you will find a software developer on a normal day is at their desk, working hard and turning coffee into code. Its important to remember to get out of the office and add variety to our work environment. It brings new ideas, learnings and shared experiences that will ultimately bring a team closer. Last year we visited ng-europe and this year our conference of choice was ShipItCon.
In her diary published in 1947, Annelies Marie Frank remarked; paper is patient. It doesn’t hurry, judge, or criticise. In the world of assessment, rounds of exams and corrections generate thousands of paper forms. Paper may be readily available but it introduces a range of potential errors, draining time and financial resources. Introducing efficiencies and new learning tools can seem like a means of simply taking up more time. In reality, eassessment, emarking and digital scoring technologies significantly increase reliability and validity. In Marketing, the Diffusion of Innovation was developed to illustrate how ideas and new technologies spread in societies. The two most innovative categories are the quickest to adopt a new idea, and represent only 16% of the population collectively. How do we help the remaining 84% to adopt new technologies in a similar time frame?
When Qpercom developed it's unique Observational Management Information System (formerly OMIS, now Observe) in 2007, it very much used a ‘bottom up’ procedure. This is analogous to how module coordinators and exam administrators developed their assessment stations according to the so called ‘check list approach’. This approach is very much focused on ticking the boxes of an item list similar to the lower technology (paper) forms that were used in those days.
Topics: eAssessment, clinical assessment, competency based assessment, evidence based training, curriculum mapping, competency frameworks, qpercom observe feature, competency management system, qpercom observe, osces
For some, it does not roll off the tongue upon first hearing it. We have received many a phone call in the office for 'Qwerpercom'. To set the record straight, here’s how it goes:
Topics: eAssessment, software development, clinical assessment, competency based assessment, evidence based training, branding, quality performance competency, EPAs, entrustable professional activities
On Friday, 26th February 2016, Qpercom participated successfully in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) School of Medicine’s multi-site Year 4 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). New from the previous year’s OSCE was the opening of the Clinical Skills Suites at Sligo General Hospital Medical Academy.
Topics: eAssessment, clinical assessment, osces, osce setup, student feedback, multi-examiner assessment, electronic assessment, objective structured clinical examinations, eosces, digital scoring technology
In December 2015, Winny Setyonugroho defended his thesis 'The Assessment of Communication Skills During OSCEs: Development and Trialed Implementation of a New Standardised Model Using the MAAS-Global Instrument'. According to the external examiner Dr Marc van Nuland:
"This thesis is original in its introduction of a calibration process for OSCE checklist instruments. This certainly is a valuable contribution to the knowledge and scholarship within the domain of medical education. Further on, researching the effect of having a different first language on the results of communication assessment in OSCE is also of special interest. It is valuable that the candidate has tried to explain the observed differences of students with a different first language compared to native English speaking students from the perspective of the Theory of Working Memory."
Setyonugroho W, Kennedy KM and Kropmans TJB. "Reliability and validity of OSCE checklists used to assess the communication skills of undergraduate medical students: A systematic review". Patient Education and Counseling, 2015. [5-Year Impact Factor: 2.975] doi:10.1016/j.pec.2015.06.004
A paper on the reliability and validity of OSCE checklists in assessing communication skills by Winny Setyonugroho, Dr Kieran Kennedy and Dr Thomas Kropmans was accepted by Patient Education and Counselling. As part of this research, 250 assessment forms were analysed across four academic terms in order to measure the true caliber of communications skills of OSCE performance. The paper can be accessed via the following link:
Our tech team has successfully overhauled Observe (formerly OMIS) 1.8.5. and are rolling out version 1.9.43 at our home base. Due to the invaluable feedback of clients, module and OSCE coordinators, and other individual users, we have improved Observe functionalities to the maximal standard.