My education activity is supported through active scholarship:
-Generation and dissemination of new 'knowledge' through papers and presentations
-Support and mentorship for colleagues
-Enhancement of processes and influence on educational (assessment) policies nationally and internationally.
A) Conference and Journal roles.
I peer review for a number of leading clinical and medical education journals, and act as a peer reviewer and session chair at leading international education conferences -
Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).
European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction – assessment and evaluation special interest group.
Ottawa Conferences. The leading healthcare educational assessment conference, which meets biennially bringing together high impact assessment and measurement focusing on the assessment of competence.
I have delivered a number of invited keynote/plenary presentations – latest (2019) activity includes the European Board of Medical Assessors and interntional AMEE Assessment symposium.
I am a member of the teaching faculty of ESMEA (Essentials in Medical Education Assessment) and the prestigious international Assessment Masterclass and Advanced Assessment Courses which have attracted and trained in excess of 3500 UK and international colleagues over the last 5 years.
B) External Examiner roles
Current: Keele University, Principal External Examiner (2018-)
Previous: Edinburgh; St George’s University of London, OSCE domain lead examiner; Queens University Belfast; Hull York Medical School Chief External Examiner University of Kuwait; International Medical University, Malaysia; University of Sharjah
C) ASME Psychometrics in Assessment Special Interest Group
I set up and co-facilitate (with Professor John Cookson) the Psychometrics Special Interest Group for ASME (Association of the Study of Medical Education), which brings together psychologists, mathematicians, analysts and clinical academics who specialise in psychometrics, measurement and quality in assessment. This a thriving community that seeks to advance understanding and application of quality measurement in assessment through a synergistic programme of dissemination and collaborative research, whilst providing CPD for those closely involved in assessment psychometrics, particularly for colleagues working in ‘isolation’.
D) External advisory roles - exemplar Impact case - General Medical Council (2012-present)
The GMC has a clear and comprehensive system for visiting, inspecting and accrediting Undergraduate Medical Schools in the UK. This process means the GMC holds significant documentary evidence as to the state of education, assessment and standards in all UK Schools. As a GMC Assessment Expert, I was asked to lead a team of GMC and education associates to review this evidence and draw together a ‘state of nation’ type overview.
The outcome of the review (and accompanying national report) has been considerable and as team leader, I was particularly pleased to influence the GMC to conduct ‘good practice’ visiting to Schools that were delivering very high standards of assessment to help disseminate good practice and peer support more effectively.
Subsequent work has contributed to major national initiatives (Outcomes for Graduates and Medical Licensing Assessment) and the set up and leadership of a new Tests of Competence panel, which guides highly bespoke assessments for doctors with performance concerns.
As a consequence of this, and other work, a team of three international experts (including myself) was invited to contribute to the GMC’s Standards for Curricula and Assessment Review (my predominant contribution was a ‘critical thought piece’ reflecting best practice and advance in Workplace Assessment).