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Jennifer Louis-Jacques

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Jennifer Louis-Jacques, MD, MPH (Educators ’16; Systems ’20) is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and an Adolescent Medicine specialist at the University of Virginia. Jennifer’s areas of interest include assessment of trainee clinical performance as related to communication skills and curriculum development. Jennifer can be followed on Twitter and contacted via email.

Medical Trainee Assessment: A Challenging, But Necessary Component of Medical Education

Many of you have faculty responsibilities that include evaluating trainees of different levels, specifically undergraduate and graduate medical education. These assessments are often used as the foundation for both formative and summative feedback and play an important role in determining medical competence. As the goal of any training program is to graduate professionals who can provide high quality patient care, it is of upmost importance that assessments are accurate, informative and truly reflective of a trainee’s performance. The implications of inaccurate assessments can potentially have real world repercussions, namely effects upon patient outcomes. There is evidence to support that gaps in clinical performance can persist into independent practice and speak to the quality of training received. Therefore it is reasonable to conclude that training programs must trust that assessments submitted by faculty are precise to the greatest extent possible.

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Thank you for a wonderful blog - the links to research articles were super helpful and I can use with my course teachings and disc... Read More
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Thank you for reminding us of the beauty of simplicity and reality of subjectivity in assessment
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