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17. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre 2013: Teaching Medical Skills

4. - 6. April 2013, Wien, Österreich

Basic Medical Skills – Linking Teaching and Assessment


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  • author Ingrid Preusche - Medical University of Vienna, Department for Medical Education, Vienna, Austria
  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Alexander Blacky - Medical University of Vienna, Clinical Institute of Hospital Hygiene, Vienna, Austria

17. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre 2013: Teaching medical skills. Wien, Österreich, 04.-06.04.2013. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2013. DocW01c

doi: 10.3205/13grako03, urn:nbn:de:0183-13grako033

Published: November 29, 2013

© 2013 Preusche et al.
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At the Medical University of Vienna, basic medical skills in year 2 are taught in three lines (basic clinical skills, history taking skills, physical examination skills), and are practiced and assessed in a fourth line in a practical examination. The hands-on workshop is designed for participants who want to learn more about important aspects that help align teaching and assessment of basic medical skills. For example, considering the frame of reference, which equals the level of education, is essential, as it informs the topics and contents of teaching and sets the standard for assessment. But how to set the frame of reference and link teaching and assessment? Participants will meet this challenge by

developing a short checklist or global rating scale,
experiencing and participating in a standard setting procedure, and
putting themselves in the raters’ shoes and rating students’ basic medical skills.

Finally, tips for a standardized rater training, incorporating the experienced topics, are presented and discussed.