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Am J Pharm Educ. 2017 May;81(4):77. doi: 10.5688/ajpe81477.

A Call for an Integrated Program of Assessment.

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1
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
2
Centre for Health Education Scholarship, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

An integrated curriculum that does not incorporate equally integrated assessment strategies is likely to prove ineffective in achieving the desired educational outcomes. We suggest it is time for colleges and schools of pharmacy to re-engineer their approach to assessment. To build the case, we first discuss the challenges leading to the need for curricular developments in pharmacy education. We then turn to the literature that informs how assessment can influence learning, introduce an approach to learning assessment that is being used by several medical education programs, and provide some examples of this approach in operation. Finally, we identify some of the challenges faced in adopting such an integrated approach to assessment and suggest that this is an area ripe with research opportunities for pharmacy educators.

KEYWORDS:

assessment; integrated program of assessment; learning

PMID:
28630518
PMCID:
PMC5468715
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe81477
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