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Supporting the Implementation and Use of Programmatic Assessment in Dentistry

Sunday, 8th September 2024 - 10:30 to 12:00
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90 Minutes

Session synopsis: 
Supporting the Implementation and Use of Programmatic Assessment in Dentistry.

Professional ‘competence is not just about acquisition of knowledge and skills, but about the ability to create new knowledge in response to changing work processes’ (Govaerts et al, 2013). The measurement of competence requires not only assessment in the Clinical domain, but also in the of Professionalism, Management & Leadership, Communication, and Knowledge domains. However, it is widely accepted that making credible and trustworthy decisions about readiness to progress is challenging, and existing approaches have significant limitations with respect to validity. Sophisticated approaches to the triangulation and integration of data are required, to both establish real-word performance, and support personalised learner development through reflection and feedback. Programmatic assessment (PA) offers a potential solution to these challenges through an approach that leverages continuous, longitudinal, data, informed by rich narrative feedback. Dental curricula may be well-placed to implement PA, through thoughtful adaptation of traditional approaches to clinical teaching.

The workshop will be of particular relevant to those interested in:

  • Making defensible decisions
  • Using assessment systems
  • Learner development though assessment
  • Technology-supported assessment/curriculum management
  • Instilling a culture of self-reflection

The workshop will provide:

  • A short overview of the pedagogical considerations and an overview of the PA implementation at Liverpool, followed by a series to workshops to explore.
  • How to transition a curriculum to use PA.
  • Identifying and managing the challenges of implementing PA.

Vince Bissell

Dean, School of Dentistry
University of Liverpool

Professor Bissell graduated BChD from the University of Leeds in 1985 and PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1995. He joined the University of Liverpool having been appointed Dean of the School of Dentistry in December 2017. He had previously been Deputy Head of School at the University of Glasgow Dental School, where had also held a chair of Restorative Dentistry and Dental Education. He is an Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry with Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with a particular interest in Periodontology. His time is now spent largely on management and leadership of the School, although he continues to teach, contribute to educational research and maintain an active clinical practice. Professor Bissell is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Dental Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Luke Dawson

Vice-Dean of Learning and Scholarship
University of Liverpool
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