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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-23

Blended programmatic assessment for competency based curricula

1 Department of Pharmacology, Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, Gujarat, India
2 Department of Physiology, Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Adesh Medical College and Hospital, Mohri, Kurukshetra, Haryana, India
4 Department of Pharmacology, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Anand, Gujarat, India
5 Department of Medical Education, Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Amritsar, Punjab, India

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T Singh
Department of Medical Education, Sri Guru Ram Das University of Health Sciences, Amritsar, Punjab
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DOI: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_1061_20

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The uncertainty in all spheres of higher education due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on teaching–learning and assessments in medical colleges across the globe. The conventional ways of assessment are now neither possible nor practical for certifying medical graduates. This has necessitated thoughtful considerations in making adjustments to the assessment system, with most institutions transitioning to online assessments that so far have remained underutilized. Programmatic assessment encourages the deliberate and longitudinal use of diverse assessment methods to maximize learning and assessment and at present can be utilized optimally as it ensures the collection of multiple low-stake assessment data which can be aggregated for high-stake pass/fail decisions by making use of every opportunity for formative feedback to improve performance. Though efforts have been made to introduce programmatic assessment in the competency-based undergraduate curriculum, transitioning to online assessment can be a potential opportunity if the basic tenets of programmatic assessment, choice of online assessment tools, strategies, good practices of online assessments and challenges are understood and explored explicitly for designing and implementing online assessments. This paper explores the possibility of introducing online assessment with face-to-face assessment and structuring a blended programmatic assessment in competency-based medical education.


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