The Learning Environment: Revisiting Our Roots - August 2013
Over a two year period from 2005 - 2007 a group of experienced Mercer University School of Medicine faculty routinely met together as the Tutor Development Team (TDT). The purpose of the group was to identify aspects of tutoring that could be better defined for individual faculty understanding and development. Among the initiatives of the group were the development of a Tutor Guide, identification of tutor support materials, initiation of a Peer Review Process, and redesign of the tutor evaluation form. The TDT was initiated and led by Dona Harris, PhD.Other group members were: Linda Adkison, PhD; Sebastian Alston, MD; Michael Brown, PhD; Fred Girton, MD; Charles Reagan, PhD; Allison Scheetz, MD; Sam Shillcutt, PhD; Tina Thompson, PhD; Jerry Tift, MD; and Anna Walker, MD.
To obtain a hard copy of this guide: in Macon, contact Chasity Watson (478-301-2604); in Savannah, contact M. Marie Dent, PhD (912-721-8148).
CONSTRUCTING WRITTEN TEST QUESTIONS FOR THE BASIC AND CLINICAL SCIENCES (Third Edition)
This manual was developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to help faculty members improve the quality of the multiple-choice questions written for their examinations.The manual provides an overview of item formats, concentrating on the traditional one-best-answer. It reviews issues related to technical item flaws and issues related to item content and also provides basic information to help faculty review statistical indices of item quality after test administration. The manual will be useful primarily by faculty who are teaching medical students in basic science courses and clinical clerkships. The examples focus on undergraduate medical education, though the general approach to item writing may be useful for assessing examinees at other levels and by other health professions educators.