Dr. Hing-Yu SO
Hong Kong

Dr. So is an anaesthesiologists and a specialist in intensive care medicine. He has also received training in quality and safety as well as medical education. Dr. So currently the President of the Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists, the Educationist of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Honorary Associate Professor of the Department of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, as well as the HKJC School of Primary and Public Health of the University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Consultant of Intensive Care as well as Division of Quality and Safety of the New Territories East Cluster, Hospital Authority.

Evolution of Assessment in Medical Education

Assessment is an important component in medical education and it has undergone significant changes over the past few decades. It started after WWII due to dissatisfaction with the then subjective and unfair assessment based on traditional apprenticeship. Educators, emulating the psychological tests, tried to come up with “objective” assessments methods through standardization and minimizing the role of human judgement. However, in the 1990’s, educators realized the limitations of these methods developed in the “psychometric era” especially with the introduction of competency-based medical education. That leads to perception of assessment as judgements. More recently, educators focus on how the synthesize multiple assessments using multiple methods into systems of assessment. Programmatic assessment is an important approach in building these systems.  In this session, the rationales for the evolution and how it impacts postgraduate medical education will be discussed.