COVID-19 and programmatic assessment

Laksha Bala, Cees van der Vleuten, Adrian Freeman, Dario Torre, Sylvia Heeneman, Amir H. Sam

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As a result of the COVID‐19 pandemic, medical schools across the world have been faced with the unprecedented situation of closing their doors and cancelling clinical teaching and examinations. The traditional model of assessment relying on high‐stakes clinical examination(s) is no longer possible, nor fully fit for purpose. How can medical schools still demonstrate that their students have reached the threshold for safe practice and are able to graduate? A potential solution for this issue is programmatic assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-422
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Teacher
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • COVID-19
  • programmatic assessment
  • medical schools
  • high-stakes assessment


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