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Faculty development in assessment of clinical competence: The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) visit program.


Hood S, Iobst W, Adiletto J, Holmboe ES. — American Board of Internal Medicine

Presented: 14th Ottawa Conference, May 2010

Background: U.S. Internal Medicine Residency Review Committee (IM RRC) requirements for accreditation mandate residency programs have faculty that are trained in evaluation and assessment and spend significant time evaluating trainees. The ABIM visit program was developed to help residency programs improve their assessment and evaluation of trainees.

Summary of Work: ABIM developed a program to deliver onsite faculty development to residency programs. Course materials are presented by ABIM staff physicians with backgrounds in assessment with one- to two-day interactive workshops.

Summary of Results: Twenty-two visits have been completed involving over 500 faculty. The most popular topics were: Direct observation of clinical competence; effective feedback; systems approach to evaluation; rating scales and evaluation forms. Feedback indicates this activity provided relevant and practical faculty development. Participants, when asked if they would recommend this activity using a 7-point scale (7 = strong recommendation), gave a mean rating of 6.5.

Conclusions: Faculty development via the ABIM visit program helps programs develop faculty skills around assessment and evaluation. Future work includes expanding the program by developing other educators to provide regional faculty development.

Take-Home Message: Faculty development can help programs improve their evaluation systems and meet the new IM RRC requirements.

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