Assessing Health Professional Education: A Workshop

When: October 9, 2013 - October 10, 2013 (8:00 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (Room 100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Education, Global Health, Health Care Workforce
Activity: Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education
Board: Board on Global Health

Better use of existing assessment methods and new innovative tools are needed to assess the kind of competencies health professional students will need to adapt to a “new professionalism” that is transdisciplinary and is focused on the triple aim of improved patient care and experience, improved population health and reduced costs.  In an era of evolving technology and changing health and health care environments, creative thinking is needed to consider assessment methods and tools that have an impact, are affordable, are easily integrated into education, and assess competencies at micro, meso and macro levels (individual, team, organization). The impact could be measured by: (1) improvements in population health outcomes; (2) better patient care; (3) more inter-professional collaboration/understanding; and (4) maximum value of services at lower costs.

To address these issues, an ad hoc committee of the IOM planned and conducted a 2 day public workshop on “Assessing Health Professional Education”. The committee will developed a workshop agenda that attempted to elucidate such challenging issues as noted below, selected and invited speakers and discussants, and moderated the discussions:

  • What is currently being assessed and how might the outcomes be used (i.e., greater social accountability, promotion by media, learner skills, faculty development)?
  • How can different disciplines be assessed such that the data informs a new transdisciplinary professionalism?
  • Which kind of assessment will lead to a “new professionalism”?
  • What is the role of peer assessment?
  • What is the role of patients in assessment?
  • What is the role of work-based assessments?
  • How might learners and practitioners be prepared for a lifetime of assessment?


The workshop was free and open to the public. PowerPoint presentations and videos of the webcast recordings can be found in the links on the right side of this page.

To download the workshop summary for free, click here.

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