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Best practice in assessment for vocational trainees - 2017

04 Apr 2017

The AMA Position Statement on Best practice in assessment for vocational trainees – 2017 provides guidance to trainees, assessors, specialist medical colleges, jurisdictions and other organisations on best practice in assessment for vocational trainees, and will be a trigger for refection and improvement at an individual and system level in this area.

Trainee assessment and feedback is integral to a high quality learning environment. There are several key elements to best practice in assessment that are common across the literature and which are relevant to examination and assessment: That assessment –

  •  Is relevant to clinical practice.
  •  Provides feedback on the trainee knowledge, clinical skills, professional qualities, and expertise for safe and competent practice at an appropriate level.
  • Processes are in place to enable the early identification of trainees who are under-performing, and for determining programs of remedial work transparently.

While best practice in giving and receiving feedback is essential to good quality assessment, this is an area that Colleges, supervisors and trainees feel underprepared for and must be an area of focus moving forward. 


Published: 04 Apr 2017