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  • Leveraging Electronic Health Record Data and Measuring Interdependence in the Era of Precision Education and Assessment. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges Sebok-Syer, S. S., Small, W. R., Lingard, L., Glober, N. K., George, B. C., Burk-Rafel, J. 2024


    The era of precision education is increasingly leveraging electronic health record (EHR) data to enhance precision in our assessments of residents' clinical performance. But precision in what the EHR-based resident performance metrics are truly capturing is not fully understood. For instance, there is limited understanding of how EHR-based measures capture the influence of the team on an individual's performance-or conversely how an individual contributes to team performances. This study aims to elaborate on how the theoretical understandings of supportive and collaborative interdependence are captured in residents' EHR-based metrics.Using a mixed methods study design, the authors conducted a secondary analysis of 5 existing qualitative and quantitative datasets used in previous EHR studies to investigate how aspects of interdependence shape the ways that team-based care is provided to patients.Quantitative analyses of 16 EHR-based metrics found variability in faculty and resident performance (both between and within resident). Qualitative analyses revealed faculty members lack awareness of their own EHR-based performance metrics, which limits their ability to act interdependently with residents in an evidence-informed fashion. The lens of interdependence elucidates how resident practice patterns develop across residency training, shifting from supportive to collaborative interdependence over time. Joint displays merging the quantitative and qualitative analyses showed that residents are aware of variability in faculty members practice patterns and that viewing resident EHR-based measures without accounting for the interdependence of residents with faculty is problematic, particularly within the framework of precision education.To prepare for this new paradigm of precision education, educators need to develop and evaluate theoretically robust models that measure interdependence in EHR-based metrics, affording more nuanced interpretation of such metrics when assessing residents throughout training.

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  • Considering the Secondary Use of Clinical and Educational Data to Facilitate the Development of Artificial Intelligence Models. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges Thoma, B., Spadafore, M., Sebok-Syer, S. S., George, B. C., Chan, T. M., Krumm, A. E. 2023


    Medical training programs and healthcare systems collect ever-increasing amounts of educational and clinical data. These data are collected with the primary purpose of supporting either trainee learning or patient care. Well-established principles guide the secondary use of these data for program evaluation and quality improvement initiatives. More recently, however, these clinical and educational data are also increasingly being used to train artificial intelligence (AI) models. The implications of this relatively unique secondary use of data have not been well explored. These models can support the development of sophisticated AI products that can be commercialized. While these products have the potential to support and improve the educational system, there are challenges related to validity; patient and learner consent; and biased or discriminatory outputs. The authors consider the implications of developing AI models and products using educational and clinical data from learners, discuss the uses of these products within medical education, and outline considerations that should guide the appropriate use of data for this purpose. These issues are further explored by examining how they have been navigated in an educational collaborative.

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  • Developing and authenticating an electronic health record-based report card for assessing residents' clinical performance AEM EDUCATION AND TRAINING Sebok-Syer, S. S., Dukelow, A. M., Sedran, R., Shepherd, L., McConnell, A., Shaw, J. M., Lingard, L. 2023; 7 (2): e10851


    The electronic health record (EHR) is frequently identified as a source of assessment data regarding residents' clinical performance. To better understand how to harness EHR data for education purposes, the authors developed and authenticated a prototype resident report card. This report card used EHR data exclusively and was authenticated with various stakeholders to understand individuals' reactions to and interpretations of EHR data when presented in this way.Using principles derived from participatory action research and participatory evaluation, this study brought together residents, faculty, a program director, and medical education researchers (n = 19) to develop and authenticate a prototype report card for residents. From February to September 2019, participants were invited to take part in a semistructured interview that explored their reactions to the prototype and provided insights about how they interpreted the EHR data.Our results highlighted three themes: data representation, data value, and data literacy. Participants varied in terms of the best way to present the various EHR metrics and felt pertinent contextual information should be included. All participants agreed that the EHR data presented were valuable, but most had concerns about using it for assessment. Finally, participants had difficulties interpreting the data, suggesting that these data could be presented more intuitively and that residents and faculty may require additional training to fully appreciate these EHR data.This work demonstrated how EHR data could be used to assess residents' clinical performance, but it also identified areas that warrant further consideration, especially pertaining to data representation and subsequent interpretation. Providing residents and faculty with EHR data in a resident report card was viewed as most valuable when used to guide feedback and coaching conversations.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/aet2.10851

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  • Supportive and collaborative interdependence: Distinguishing residents' contributions within healthcare teams. Medical education Sebok-Syer, S. S., Lingard, L., Panza, M., Van Hooren, T. A., Rassbach, C. E. 2023


    Individual assessments disregard team contributions, while team assessments disregard an individual's contributions. Interdependence has been put forth as a conceptual bridge between our educational traditions of assessing individual performance and our imminent challenge of assessing team-based performance without losing sight of the individual. The purpose of this study was to develop a more refined conceptualization of interdependence to inform the creation of measures that can assess the interdependence of residents within healthcare teams.Following a constructivist grounded theory approach, we conducted 49 semi-structured interviews with various members of healthcare teams (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, patients) across two different clinical specialties - Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics - at two separate sites. Data collection and analysis occurred iteratively. Constant comparative inductive analysis was used and coding consisted of three stages: initial, focused, and theoretical.We asked participants to reflect upon interdependence and describe how it exists in their clinical setting. All participants acknowledged the existence of interdependence, but they did not view it as part of a linear spectrum where interdependence becomes independence. Our analysis refined the conceptualization of interdependence to include two types: supportive and collaborative. Supportive interdependence occurs within healthcare teams when one member demonstrates insufficient expertise to perform within their scope of practice. Collaborative interdependence, on the other hand, was not triggered by lack of experience/expertise within an individual's scope of practice, but rather recognition that patient care requires contributions from other team members.In order to assess a team's collective performance without losing sight of the individual, we need to capture interdependent performances and characterize the nature of such interdependence. Moving away from a linear trajectory where independence is seen as the end goal can also help support efforts to measure an individual's competence as an interdependent member of a healthcare team.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/medu.15064

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  • Facilitating Residents' Understanding of Electronic Health Record Report Card Data Using Faculty Feedback and Coaching. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges Sebok-Syer, S. S., Shaw, J. M., Sedran, R., Shepherd, L., McConnell, A., Dukelow, A. M., Syer, M. D., Lingard, L. 2022


    Feedback continues to present a challenge for competency-based medical education (CBME). Clear, consistent, and credible feedback is vital to supporting one's ongoing development, yet it can be difficult to gather clinical performance data about residents. This study sought to determine whether providing residents with electronic health record (EHR) based report cards, as well as an opportunity to discuss these data with faculty trained using the R2C2 model, can help residents understand and interpret their clinical performance metrics.Using action research methodology, the author team collected EHR data from July 2017 to February 2020, for all residents (n = 21) in 1 5-year Emergency Medicine program and created personalized report cards for each resident. During October 6-17, 2020, 8 out of 17 eligible residents agreed to have their feedback conversations recorded and participate in a subsequent interview with a non-physician member of the research team. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis and the authors used inductive analysis to identify themes in the data.In analyzing both the feedback conversations as well as the individual interviews with faculty and residents, the authors identified 2 main themes: (1) Reactions and responses to receiving personalized EHR data and (2) The value of EHR data for assessment and feedback purposes. All participants believed that EHR data metrics are useful for prompting self-reflection and many pointed to their utility in providing suggestions for actionable changes in their clinical practice. For faculty, having a tool through which underperforming residents can be shown "objective" data about their clinical performance helps underscore the need for improvement, particularly when residents are resistant.The EHR is a valuable source of educational data and this study demonstrates one of the many thoughtful ways it can be used for assessment and feedback purposes.

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  • Considering the interdependence of clinical performance: implications for assessment and entrustment. Medical education Sebok-Syer, S. S., Chahine, S., Watling, C. J., Goldszmidt, M., Cristancho, S., Lingard, L. 2018


    Our ability to assess independent trainee performance is a key element of competency-based medical education (CBME). In workplace-based clinical settings, however, the performance of a trainee can be deeply entangled with others on the team. This presents a fundamental challenge, given the need to assess and entrust trainees based on the evolution of their independent clinical performance. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to understand what faculty members and senior postgraduate trainees believe constitutes independent performance in a variety of clinical specialty contexts.Following constructivist grounded theory, and using both purposive and theoretical sampling, we conducted individual interviews with 11 clinical teaching faculty members and 10 senior trainees (postgraduate year 4/5) across 12 postgraduate specialties. Constant comparative inductive analysis was conducted. Return of findings was also carried out using one-to-one sessions with key informants and public presentations.Although some independent performances were described, participants spoke mostly about the exceptions to and disclaimers about these, elaborating their sense of the interdependence of trainee performances. Our analysis of these interdependence patterns identified multiple configurations of coupling, with the dominant being coupling of trainee and supervisor performance. We consider how the concept of coupling could advance workplace-based assessment efforts by supporting models that account for the collective dimensions of clinical performance.These findings call into question the assumption of independent performance, and offer an important step toward measuring coupled performance. An understanding of coupling can help both to better distinguish independent and interdependent performances, and to consider revising workplace-based assessment approaches for CBME.

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  • Using electronic health record data to assess residents’ performance in the clinical workplace: The good, the bad, and the unthinkable Academic Medicine Sebok-Syer, S. S., Goldszmidt, M. A., Watling, C. J., Tamblyn, R., Chahine, S., Venance, S. V., Lingard, L. A. 2018
  • Better together: A multistakeholder approach to developing specialty-wide entrustable professional activities in emergency medicine. AEM education and training Caretta-Weyer, H. A., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Morris, A. M., Schnapp, B. H., Fant, A. L., Scott, K. R., Pirotte, M., Gisondi, M. A., Yarris, L. M. 2024; 8 (2): e10974


    Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) are a widely used framework for curriculum and assessment, yet the variability in emergency medicine (EM) training programs mandates the development of EPAs that meet the needs of the specialty as a whole. This requires eliciting and incorporating the perspectives of multiple stakeholders (i.e., faculty, residents, and patients) in the development of EPAs. Without a shared understanding of what a resident must be able to do upon graduation, we run the risk of advancing ill-prepared residents that may provide inconsistent care.In an effort to address these challenges, beginning in February 2020, the authors assembled an advisory board of 25 EM faculty to draft and reach consensus on a final list of EPAs that can be used across all training programs within the specialty of EM. Using modified Delphi methodology, the authors came to consensus on an initial list of 22 EPAs. The authors presented these EPAs to faculty supervisors, residents, and patients for refinement. The authors collated and analyzed feedback from focus groups of residents and patients using thematic analysis. The EPAs were subsequently refined based on this feedback.Stakeholders in EM residency training endorsed a final revised list of 22 EPAs. Stakeholder focus groups highlighted two main thematic considerations that helped shape the finalized list of EM EPAs: attention to the meaningful nuances of EPA language and contextualizing the EPAs and viewing them developmentally.To foreground all key stakeholders within the EPA process for EM, the authors chose within the development process to draft; come to consensus; and refine EPAs for EM in collaboration with relevant faculty, patient, and resident stakeholders. Each stakeholder group contributed meaningfully to the content and intended implementation of the EPAs. This process may serve as a model for others in developing stakeholder-responsive EPAs.

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  • Patient handoffs and multi-specialty trainee perspectives across an institution: informing recommendations for health systems and an expanded conceptual framework for handoffs. BMC medical education Williams, S. R., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Caretta-Weyer, H., Katznelson, L., Dohn, A. M., Park, Y. S., Gisondi, M. A., Tekian, A. 2023; 23 (1): 434


    Safe and effective physician-to-physician patient handoffs are integral to patient safety. Unfortunately, poor handoffs continue to be a major cause of medical errors. Developing a better understanding of challenges faced by health care providers is critical to address this continued patient safety threat. This study addresses the gap in the literature exploring broad, cross-specialty trainee perspectives around handoffs and provides a set of trainee-informed recommendations for both training programs and institutions.Using a constructivist paradigm, the authors conducted a concurrent/embedded mixed method study to investigate trainees' experiences with patient handoffs across Stanford University Hospital, a large academic medical center. The authors designed and administered a survey instrument including Likert-style and open-ended questions to solicit information about trainee experiences from multiple specialties. The authors performed a thematic analysis of open-ended responses.687/1138 (60.4%) of residents and fellows responded to the survey, representing 46 training programs and over 30 specialties. There was wide variability in handoff content and process, most notably code status not being consistently mentioned a third of the time for patients who were not full code. Supervision and feedback about handoffs were inconsistently provided. Trainees identified multiple health-systems level issues that complicated handoffs and suggested solutions to these threats. Our thematic analysis identified five important aspects of handoffs: (1) handoff elements, (2) health-systems-level factors, (3) impact of the handoff, (4) agency (duty), and (5) blame and shame.Health systems, interpersonal, and intrapersonal issues affect handoff communication. The authors propose an expanded theoretical framework for effective patient handoffs and provide a set of trainee-informed recommendations for training programs and sponsoring institutions. Cultural and health-systems issues must be prioritized and addressed, as an undercurrent of blame and shame permeates the clinical environment.

    View details for DOI 10.1186/s12909-023-04355-5

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  • The fundamentals of artificial intelligence in medical education research: AMEE Guide No. 156. Medical teacher Tolsgaard, M. G., Pusic, M. V., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Gin, B., Svendsen, M. B., Syer, M. D., Brydges, R., Cuddy, M. M., Boscardin, C. K. 2023: 1-9


    The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medical education has the potential to facilitate complicated tasks and improve efficiency. For example, AI could help automate assessment of written responses, or provide feedback on medical image interpretations with excellent reliability. While applications of AI in learning, instruction, and assessment are growing, further exploration is still required. There exist few conceptual or methodological guides for medical educators wishing to evaluate or engage in AI research. In this guide, we aim to: 1) describe practical considerations involved in reading and conducting studies in medical education using AI, 2) define basic terminology and 3) identify which medical education problems and data are ideally-suited for using AI.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/0142159X.2023.2180340

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  • Using Resident-Sensitive Quality Measures Derived From Electronic Health Record Data to Assess Residents' Performance in Pediatric Emergency Medicine ACADEMIC MEDICINE Smirnova, A., Chahine, S., Milani, C., Schuh, A., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Swartz, J. L., Wilhite, J. A., Kalet, A., Durning, S. J., Lombarts, K. H., van der Vleuten, C. M., Schumacher, D. J. 2023; 98 (3): 367-375


    Traditional quality metrics do not adequately represent the clinical work done by residents and, thus, cannot be used to link residency training to health care quality. This study aimed to determine whether electronic health record (EHR) data can be used to meaningfully assess residents' clinical performance in pediatric emergency medicine using resident-sensitive quality measures (RSQMs).EHR data for asthma and bronchiolitis RSQMs from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, a quaternary children's hospital, between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2019, were analyzed by ranking residents based on composite scores calculated using raw, unadjusted, and case-mix adjusted latent score models, with lower percentiles indicating a lower quality of care and performance. Reliability and associations between the scores produced by the 3 scoring models were compared. Resident and patient characteristics associated with performance in the highest and lowest tertiles and changes in residents' rank after case-mix adjustments were also identified.274 residents and 1,891 individual encounters of bronchiolitis patients aged 0-1 as well as 270 residents and 1,752 individual encounters of asthmatic patients aged 2-21 were included in the analysis. The minimum reliability requirement to create a composite score was met for asthma data (α = 0.77), but not bronchiolitis (α = 0.17). The asthma composite scores showed high correlations ( r = 0.90-0.99) between raw, latent, and adjusted composite scores. After case-mix adjustments, residents' absolute percentile rank shifted on average 10 percentiles. Residents who dropped by 10 or more percentiles were likely to be more junior, saw fewer patients, cared for less acute and younger patients, or had patients with a longer emergency department stay.For some clinical areas, it is possible to use EHR data, adjusted for patient complexity, to meaningfully assess residents' clinical performance and identify opportunities for quality improvement.

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  • The Inconspicuous Learner Handover: An Exploratory Study of U.S. Emergency Medicine Program Directors' Perceptions of Learner Handovers from Medical School to Residency. Teaching and learning in medicine Caretta-Weyer, H. A., Park, Y. S., Tekian, A., Sebok-Syer, S. S. 2023: 1-9


    Phenomenon: Central to competency-based medical education is the need for a seamless developmental continuum of training and practice. Trainees currently experience significant discontinuity in the transition from undergraduate (UME) to graduate medical education (GME). The learner handover is intended to smooth this transition, but little is known about how well this is working from the GME perspective. In an attempt to gather preliminary evidence, this study explores U.S. program directors (PDs) perspective of the learner handover from UME to GME. Approach: Using exploratory qualitative methodology, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 12 Emergency Medicine PDs within the U.S. from October to November, 2020. We asked participants to describe their current perception of the learner handover from UME to GME. Then we performed thematic analysis using an inductive approach. Findings: We identified two main themes: The inconspicuous learner handover and barrier to creating a successful UME to GME learner handover. PDs described the current state of the learner handover as "nonexistent," yet acknowledged that information is transmitted from UME to GME. Participants also highlighted key challenges preventing a successful learner handover from UME to GME. These included: conflicting expectations, issues of trust and transparency, and a dearth of assessment data to actually hand over. Insights: PDs highlight the inconspicuous nature of learner handovers, suggesting that assessment information is not shared in the way it should be in the transition from UME to GME. Challenges with the learner handover demonstrate a lack of trust, transparency, and explicit communication between UME and GME. Our findings can inform how national organizations establish a unified approach to transmitting growth-oriented assessment data and formalize transparent learner handovers from UME to GME.

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  • TRainee Attributable & Automatable Care Evaluations in Real-time (TRACERs): A Scalable Approach for Linking Education to Patient Care. Perspectives on medical education Burk-Rafel, J., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Santen, S. A., Jiang, J., Caretta-Weyer, H. A., Iturrate, E., Kelleher, M., Warm, E. J., Schumacher, D. J., Kinnear, B. 2023; 12 (1): 149-159


    Competency-based medical education (CBME) is an outcomes-based approach to education and assessment that focuses on what competencies trainees need to learn in order to provide effective patient care. Despite this goal of providing quality patient care, trainees rarely receive measures of their clinical performance. This is problematic because defining a trainee's learning progression requires measuring their clinical performance. Traditional clinical performance measures (CPMs) are often met with skepticism from trainees given their poor individual-level attribution. Resident-sensitive quality measures (RSQMs) are attributable to individuals, but lack the expeditiousness needed to deliver timely feedback and can be difficult to automate at scale across programs. In this eye opener, the authors present a conceptual framework for a new type of measure - TRainee Attributable & Automatable Care Evaluations in Real-time (TRACERs) - attuned to both automation and trainee attribution as the next evolutionary step in linking education to patient care. TRACERs have five defining characteristics: meaningful (for patient care and trainees), attributable (sufficiently to the trainee of interest), automatable (minimal human input once fully implemented), scalable (across electronic health records [EHRs] and training environments), and real-time (amenable to formative educational feedback loops). Ideally, TRACERs optimize all five characteristics to the greatest degree possible. TRACERs are uniquely focused on measures of clinical performance that are captured in the EHR, whether routinely collected or generated using sophisticated analytics, and are intended to complement (not replace) other sources of assessment data. TRACERs have the potential to contribute to a national system of high-density, trainee-attributable, patient-centered outcome measures.

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  • Filling the Core EPA 10 assessment void: A framework for individual assessment of Core Entrustable professional activity 10 competencies in medical students. AEM education and training Miller, D. T., Gibb, W., Caretta-Weyer, H., Ng, K., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Gisondi, M. A. 2022; 6 (6): e10787


    Objectives: The goal of this study was to develop and evaluate a novel curriculum and assessment tool for Core Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) 10 competencies and entrustment scoring in a cohort of medical students in their emergency medicine (EM) clerkship using a framework of individualized, ad hoc, formative assessment. Core EPA 10 is an observable workplace-based activity for graduating medical students to recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiate evaluation and management.Methods: This is a prospective, pretest-posttest study of medical students during their EM clerkship. Using the Thomas and Kern framework, we created a curriculum of simulation cases about chest pain/cardiac arrest and respiratory distress, which included novel assessment checklists, and instructional videos about recognizing and managing emergencies. Students were individually pretested on EPA 10 competencies using the simulation cases. Two raters scored students using standardized checklists. Students then watched instructional videos, underwent a posttest with the simulation cases, and were scored again by the two raters using the checklists. Differences between pretest and posttest scores were analyzed using paired t-tests and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests.Results: Seventy-three out of 85 (86%) students completed the curriculum. Mean scores from pretest to final posttest in the chest pain/cardiac arrest and respiratory distress cases significantly improved from 14.8/19 (SD 1.91), to 17.1/19 (SD=1.00), t(68)=10.56, p<0.001, and 8.5/13 (SD 1.79), to 11.1/13(SD 0.89), t(67)=11.15, p<0.001, respectively. The kappa coefficients were 0.909 (n=2698, p<0.001) and 0.931 (n=1872, p<0.001). Median modified Chen entrustment scores improved from 1b (i.e., "Watch me do this") to 2b (i.e., "I'll watch you") for the chest pain/cardiac arrest case (p<0.001) and 1b/2a (i.e., "Watch me do this"/ "Let's do this together") to 3a (i.e. "You go ahead, and I'll double-check all of your findings") for the respiratory distress case (p<0.001).Conclusion: A new directed curriculum of standardized simulation cases and asynchronous instructional videos improved medical student performance in EPA 10 competencies and entrustment scores. This study provides a curricular framework to support formative individualized assessments for EPA 10.

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  • "Faces on a screen": A qualitative study of the virtual and in-person conference experience. AEM education and training Gottlieb, M., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Bawden, A., Shah, M., Jordan, J. 2022; 6 (6): e10827


    The strengths and weaknesses of virtual and in-person formats within continuing professional development (CPD) are incompletely understood. This study sought to explore attendees' perspectives across multiple specialties regarding benefits and limitations of conference formats and strategies for successful virtual and hybrid (i.e., in-person conferences with a virtual option) conferences.From December 2020 to January 2021, semistructured interviews were conducted with participants who attended both virtual and in-person CPD conferences. Purposive sampling was utilized to ensure diverse representation of gender, years in practice, location, academic rank, specialty, and practice type. Multiple specialties were intentionally sought to better understand the broader experience among physicians in general, rather than among a specific specialty. Using modified grounded theory approach with a constructivist-interpretivist paradigm, two investigators independently analyzed all interview transcripts. Discrepancies were resolved by in-depth discussion and negotiated consensus.Twenty-six individuals across 16 different specialties were interviewed. We identified three overarching concepts: motivations to attend conferences, benefits and limitations of different conference formats, and strategies to optimize virtual and hybrid conferences. Specific motivators included both professional and personal factors. Benefits of in person included networking/community, immersion, and wellness, while the major limitation was integration with personal life. Benefits of virtual were flexibility, accessibility, and incorporation of technology, while limitations included technical challenges, distractions, limitations for tactile learning, and communication/connection. Benefits of hybrid included more options for access, while limitations included challenges with synchrony of formats and dilution of experiences. Strategies to improve virtual/hybrid conferences included optimizing technology/production, facilitating networking and engagement, and deliberate selection of content.This study identified several benefits and limitations of each medium as well as strategies to optimize virtual and hybrid CPD conferences. This may help inform future CPD conference planning for both attendees and conference planners alike.

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  • The next generation of researchers: One-year outcome data from the SAEM Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design in Medical Education (ARMED MedEd) program AEM EDUCATION AND TRAINING Gottlieb, M., Chan, T. M., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Krzyzaniak, S., Dubosh, N. M., Santen, S., Caretta-Weyer, H., Yarris, L., Coates, W. C., Emergency Med Hlth Profession 2022; 6 (6)

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  • A lasting impact? Exploring the immediate and longitudinal impact of an emergency department service learning help desk program AEM EDUCATION AND TRAINING Cohen, A., Hu, S., Bellon, M., Wang, N., Sebok-Syer, S. S. 2022; 6 (3)

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  • Statistical points and pitfalls: growth modeling PERSPECTIVES ON MEDICAL EDUCATION Boscardin, C. K., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Pusic, M. 2022; 11 (2): 104-107

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  • Who's on your team? Specialty identity and inter-physician conflict during admissions MEDICAL EDUCATION Schrepel, C., Amick, A. E., Bann, M., Watsjold, B., Jauregui, J., Ilgen, J. S., Sebok-Syer, S. S. 2022; 56 (6): 625-633


    Despite the implementation of professionalism curricula and standardised communication tools, inter-physician conflict persists. In particular, the interface between emergency medicine (EM) and internal medicine (IM) has long been recognised as a source of conflict. The social nuances of this conflict remain underexplored, limiting educators' ability to comprehensively address these issues in the clinical learning environment. Thus, the authors explored EM and IM physicians' experiences with negotiating hospital admissions to better understand the social dynamics that contribute to inter-physician conflict and provide foundational guidance for communication best practices.Using a constructivist grounded theory (CGT) approach, the authors conducted 18 semi-structured interviews between June and October 2020 with EM and IM physicians involved in conversations regarding admissions (CRAs). They asked participants to describe the social exchanges that influenced these conversations and to reflect on their experiences with inter-physician conflict. Data collection and analysis occurred iteratively. The relationships between the codes were discussed by the research team with the goal of developing conceptual connections between the emergent themes.Participants described how their approaches to CRAs were shaped by their specialty identity, and how allegiance to members of their group contributed to interpersonal conflict. This conflict was further promoted by a mutual sense of disempowerment within the organisation, misaligned expectations, and a desire to promote their group's prerogatives. Conflict was mitigated when patient care experiences fostered cross-specialty team formation and collaboration that dissolved traditional group boundaries.Conflict between EM and IM physicians during CRAs was primed by participants' specialty identities, their power struggles within the broader organisation, and their sense of duty to their own specialty. However, formation of collaborative inter-specialty physician teams and expansion of identity to include colleagues from other specialties can mitigate inter-physician conflict.

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  • Assessment of Entrustable Professional Activities Using a Web-Based Simulation Platform During Transition to Emergency Medicine Residency: Mixed Methods Pilot Study. JMIR medical education Peng, C. R., Schertzer, K. A., Caretta-Weyer, H. A., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Lu, W., Tansomboon, C., Gisondi, M. A. 2021; 7 (4): e32356


    BACKGROUND: The 13 core entrustable professional activities (EPAs) are key competency-based learning outcomes in the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education in the United States. Five of these EPAs (EPA2: prioritizing differentials, EPA3: recommending and interpreting tests, EPA4: entering orders and prescriptions, EPA5: documenting clinical encounters, and EPA10: recognizing urgent and emergent conditions) are uniquely suited for web-based assessment.OBJECTIVE: In this pilot study, we created cases on a web-based simulation platform for the diagnostic assessment of these EPAs and examined the feasibility and acceptability of the platform.METHODS: Four simulation cases underwent 3 rounds of consensus panels and pilot testing. Incoming emergency medicine interns (N=15) completed all cases. A maximum of 4 "look for" statements, which encompassed specific EPAs, were generated for each participant: (1) performing harmful or missing actions, (2) narrowing differential or wrong final diagnosis, (3) errors in documentation, and (4) lack of recognition and stabilization of urgent diagnoses. Finally, we interviewed a sample of interns (n=5) and residency leadership (n=5) and analyzed the responses using thematic analysis.RESULTS: All participants had at least one missing critical action, and 40% (6/15) of the participants performed at least one harmful action across all 4 cases. The final diagnosis was not included in the differential diagnosis in more than half of the assessments (8/15, 54%). Other errors included selecting incorrect documentation passages (6/15, 40%) and indiscriminately applying oxygen (9/15, 60%). The interview themes included psychological safety of the interface, ability to assess learning, and fidelity of cases. The most valuable feature cited was the ability to place orders in a realistic electronic medical record interface.CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates the feasibility and acceptability of a web-based platform for diagnostic assessment of specific EPAs. The approach rapidly identifies potential areas of concern for incoming interns using an asynchronous format, provides feedback in a manner appreciated by residency leadership, and informs individualized learning plans.

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  • Defining and Adopting Clinical Performance Measures in Graduate Medical Education: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges Smirnova, A., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Chahine, S., Kalet, A. L., Tamblyn, R., Lombarts, K. M., van der Vleuten, C. P., Schumacher, D. J. 2019


    Assessment and evaluation of trainees' clinical performance measures is needed to ensure safe, high-quality patient care. These measures also aid in the development of reflective, high-performing clinicians and hold graduate medical education (GME) accountable to the public. While clinical performance measures hold great potential, challenges of defining, extracting, and measuring clinical performance in this way hinder their use for educational and quality improvement purposes. This article provides a way forward by identifying and articulating how clinical performance measures can be used to enhance GME by linking educational objectives with relevant clinical outcomes. The authors explore four key challenges: defining as well as measuring clinical performance measures, using electronic health record and clinical registry data to capture clinical performance, and bridging silos of medical education and health care quality improvement. The authors also propose solutions to showcase the value of clinical performance measures and conclude with a research and implementation agenda. Developing a common taxonomy of uniform specialty-specific clinical performance measures, linking these measures to large-scale GME databases, and applying both quantitative and qualitative methods to create a rich understanding of how GME affects quality of care and patient outcomes is important, the authors argue. The focus of this article is primarily GME, yet similar challenges and solutions will be applicable to other areas of medical and health professions education as well.

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  • The Birth of a Return to Work Policy for New Resident Parents in Emergency Medicine. Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Gordon, A. J., Sebok-Syer, S., Dohn, A. M., Smith-Coggins, R., Wang, N. E., Williams, S. R., Gisondi, M. A. 2019


    OBJECTIVE: With the rising number of female physicians, there will be more children than ever born in residency and the current system is inadequate to handle this increase in new resident parents. Residency is stressful and rigorous in isolation, let alone when pregnant or with a new child. Policies that ease these stressful transitions are generally either insufficient or do not exist. Therefore, we created a comprehensive Return to Work Policy for resident parents and piloted its implementation. Our policy aims to: 1) establish a clear, shared understanding of the regulatory and training requirements as they pertain to parental leave, 2) facilitate a smooth transition for new parents returning back to work, and 3) summarize the local and institutional resources available for both males and females during residency training.METHOD: In Fall 2017, a task force was convened to draft a Return to Work Policy for New Resident Parents. The task force included 9 key stakeholders (i.e., residents, faculty, and administration) at our institution and was made up of 3 Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program Directors, a Vice Chair of Education, a Designated Institutional Official (DIO), a Chief Resident, and 3 members of our academic department's Faculty Affairs Committee. The task force was selected because of individual expertise in gender equity issues, mentorship of resident parents, GME, and departmental administration.RESULTS: After development, the policy was piloted from November 2017 to June 2018. Our pilot implementation period included 7 new resident parents. All of these residents received schedules that met the return to work scheduling terms of our Return to Work Policy including no overnight shifts, no sick call, no more than 3 shifts in a row. Of equal importance, throughout our pilot, the emergency department schedules at all of our clinical sites remained fully staffed and our sick call pool was unaffected.CONCLUSION: Our Return to Work Policy for New Resident Parents provides a comprehensive guide to training requirements and family leave policies, an overview of available resources, and a scheduling framework that makes for a smooth transition back to clinical duties. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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  • You want me to assess what? Faculty perceptions of assessing residents from outside their specialty Academic Medicine Burm, S., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Lingard, L., VanHooren, T., Chahine, S., Goldszmidt, M., Watling, C. J. 2019
  • Examining Differential Rater Functioning using a Between-Subgroup Outfit Approach Journal of Educational Measurement Wind, S. A., Sebok-Syer, S. S. 2019
  • A Call to Investigate the Relationship Between Education and Health Outcomes Using Big Data ACADEMIC MEDICINE Chahine, S., Kulasegaram, K., Wright, S., Monteiro, S., Grierson, L. M., Barber, C., Sebok-Syer, S. S., McConnell, M., Yen, W., De Champlain, A., Touchie, C. 2018; 93 (6): 829–32


    There exists an assumption that improving medical education will improve patient care. While seemingly logical, this premise has rarely been investigated. In this Invited Commentary, the authors propose the use of big data to test this assumption. The authors present a few example research studies linking education and patient care outcomes and argue that using big data may more easily facilitate the process needed to investigate this assumption. The authors also propose that collaboration is needed to link educational and health care data. They then introduce a grassroots initiative, inclusive of universities in one Canadian province and national licensing organizations that are working together to collect, organize, link, and analyze big data to study the relationship between pedagogical approaches to medical training and patient care outcomes. While the authors acknowledge the possible challenges and issues associated with harnessing big data, they believe that the benefits supersede these. There is a need for medical education research to go beyond the outcomes of training to study practice and clinical outcomes as well. Without a coordinated effort to harness big data, policy makers, regulators, medical educators, and researchers are left with sometimes costly guesses and assumptions about what works and what does not. As the social, time, and financial investments in medical education continue to increase, it is imperative to understand the relationship between education and health outcomes.

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  • Learning Analytics in Medical Education Assessment: The Past, the Present, and the Future. AEM education and training Chan, T., Sebok-Syer, S., Thoma, B., Wise, A., Sherbino, J., Pusic, M. 2018; 2 (2): 178-187


    With the implementation of competency-based medical education (CBME) in emergency medicine, residency programs will amass substantial amounts of qualitative and quantitative data about trainees' performances. This increased volume of data will challenge traditional processes for assessing trainees and remediating training deficiencies. At the intersection of trainee performance data and statistical modeling lies the field of medical learning analytics. At a local training program level, learning analytics has the potential to assist program directors and competency committees with interpreting assessment data to inform decision making. On a broader level, learning analytics can be used to explore system questions and identify problems that may impact our educational programs. Scholars outside of health professions education have been exploring the use of learning analytics for years and their theories and applications have the potential to inform our implementation of CBME. The purpose of this review is to characterize the methodologies of learning analytics and explore their potential to guide new forms of assessment within medical education.

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  • Using electronic health record data to assess emergency medicine trainees independent and interdependent performance: a qualitative perspective on measuring what matters. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine Shepherd, L., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Lingard, L., McConnell, A., Sedran, R., Dukelow, A. 2018; 20

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  • Reliability and validity evidence for the quality of assessment for learning (QuAL) score Academic Emergency Medicine Chan, T. M., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Sampson, C., Monterio, S. 2018
  • Quality Evaluation Scores are no more Reliable than Gestalt in Evaluating the Quality of Emergency Medicine Blogs: A METRIQ Study TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MEDICINE Thoma, B., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Colmers-Gray, I., Sherbino, J., Ankel, F., Trueger, N., Grock, A., Siemens, M., Paddock, M., Purdy, E., Milne, W., Chan, T. M., METRIQ Study Collaborators 2018; 30 (3): 294–302


    Construct: We investigated the quality of emergency medicine (EM) blogs as educational resources.Online medical education resources such as blogs are increasingly used by EM trainees and clinicians. However, quality evaluations of these resources using gestalt are unreliable. We investigated the reliability of two previously derived quality evaluation instruments for blogs.Sixty English-language EM websites that published clinically oriented blog posts between January 1 and February 24, 2016, were identified. A random number generator selected 10 websites, and the 2 most recent clinically oriented blog posts from each site were evaluated using gestalt, the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Approved Instructional Resources (AIR) score, and the Medical Education Translational Resources: Impact and Quality (METRIQ-8) score, by a sample of medical students, EM residents, and EM attendings. Each rater evaluated all 20 blog posts with gestalt and 15 of the 20 blog posts with the ALiEM AIR and METRIQ-8 scores. Pearson's correlations were calculated between the average scores for each metric. Single-measure intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) evaluated the reliability of each instrument.Our study included 121 medical students, 88 EM residents, and 100 EM attendings who completed ratings. The average gestalt rating of each blog post correlated strongly with the average scores for ALiEM AIR (r = .94) and METRIQ-8 (r = .91). Single-measure ICCs were fair for gestalt (0.37, IQR 0.25-0.56), ALiEM AIR (0.41, IQR 0.29-0.60) and METRIQ-8 (0.40, IQR 0.28-0.59).The average scores of each blog post correlated strongly with gestalt ratings. However, neither ALiEM AIR nor METRIQ-8 showed higher reliability than gestalt. Improved reliability may be possible through rater training and instrument refinement.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/10401334.2017.1414609

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  • Mixed Messages or Miscommunication? Investigating the Relationship Between Assessors' Workplace-Based Assessment Scores and Written Comments ACADEMIC MEDICINE Sebok-Syer, S. S., Klinger, D. A., Sherbino, J., Chan, T. M. 2017; 92 (12): 1774–79


    The shift toward broader, programmatic assessment has revolutionized the approaches that many take in assessing medical competence. To understand the association between quantitative and qualitative evaluations, the authors explored the relationships that exist among assessors' checklist scores, task ratings, global ratings, and written comments.The authors collected and analyzed, using regression analyses, data from the McMaster Modular Assessment Program. The data were from emergency medicine residents in their first or second year of postgraduate training from 2012 through 2014. Additionally, using content analysis, the authors analyzed narrative comments corresponding to the "done" and "done, but needs attention" checklist score options.The regression analyses revealed that the task ratings, provided by faculty assessors, are associated with the use of the "done, but needs attention" checklist score option. Analyses also identified that the "done, but needs attention" option is associated with a narrative comment that is balanced, providing both strengths and areas for improvement. Analysis of qualitative comments revealed differences in the type of comments provided to higher- and lower-performing residents.This study highlights some of the relationships that exist among checklist scores, rating scales, and written comments. The findings highlight that task ratings are associated with checklist options while global ratings are not. Furthermore, analysis of written comments supports the notion of a "hidden code" used to communicate assessors' evaluation of medical competence, especially when communicating areas for improvement or concern. This study has implications for how individuals should interpret information obtained from qualitative assessments.

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  • Comparison of Simulation-based Resuscitation Performance Assessments With In-training Evaluation Reports in Emergency Medicine Residents: A Canadian Multicenter Study. AEM education and training Hall, A. K., Damon Dagnone, J., Moore, S., Woolfrey, K. G., Ross, J. A., McNeil, G., Hagel, C., Davison, C., Sebok-Syer, S. S. 2017; 1 (4): 293-300


    Simulation stands to serve an important role in modern competency-based programs of assessment in postgraduate medical education. Our objective was to compare the performance of individual emergency medicine (EM) residents in a simulation-based resuscitation objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) using the Queen's Simulation Assessment Tool (QSAT), with portfolio assessment of clinical encounters using a modified in-training evaluation report (ITER) to understand in greater detail the inferences that may be drawn from a simulation-based OSCE assessment.A prospective observational study was employed to explore the use of a multicenter simulation-based OSCE for evaluation of resuscitation competence. EM residents from five Canadian academic sites participated in the OSCE. Video-recorded performances were scored by blinded raters using the scenario-specific QSATs with domain-specific anchored scores (primary assessment, diagnostic actions, therapeutic actions, communication) and a global assessment score (GAS). Residents' portfolios were evaluated using a modified ITER subdivided by CanMEDS roles (medical expert, communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar, and professional) and a GAS. Correlational and regression analyses were performed comparing components of each of the assessment methods.Portfolio review and ITER scoring was performed for 79 residents participating in the simulation-based OSCE. There was a significant positive correlation between total OSCE and ITER scores (r = 0.341). The strongest correlations were found between ITER medical expert score and each of the OSCE GAS (r = 0.420), communication (r = 0.443), and therapeutic action (r = 0.484) domains. ITER medical expert was a significant predictor of OSCE total (p = 0.002). OSCE therapeutic action was a significant predictor of ITER total (p = 0.02).Simulation-based resuscitation OSCEs and portfolio assessment captured by ITERs appear to measure differing aspects of competence, with weak to moderate correlation between those measures of conceptually similar constructs. In a program of competency-based assessment of EM residents, a simulation-based OSCE using the QSAT shows promise as a tool for assessing medical expert and communicator roles.

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  • Individual Gestalt Is Unreliable for the Evaluation of Quality in Medical Education Blogs: A METRIQ Study ANNALS OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE Thoma, B., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Krishnan, K., Siemens, M., Trueger, N., Colmers-Gray, I., Woods, R., Petrusa, E., Chan, T., METRIQ Study Collaborators 2017; 70 (3): 394–401


    Open educational resources such as blogs are increasingly used for medical education. Gestalt is generally the evaluation method used for these resources; however, little information has been published on it. We aim to evaluate the reliability of gestalt in the assessment of emergency medicine blogs.We identified 60 English-language emergency medicine Web sites that posted clinically oriented blogs between January 1, 2016, and February 24, 2016. Ten Web sites were selected with a random-number generator. Medical students, emergency medicine residents, and emergency medicine attending physicians evaluated the 2 most recent clinical blog posts from each site for quality, using a 7-point Likert scale. The mean gestalt scores of each blog post were compared between groups with Pearson's correlations. Single and average measure intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated within groups. A generalizability study evaluated variance within gestalt and a decision study calculated the number of raters required to reliably (>0.8) estimate quality.One hundred twenty-one medical students, 88 residents, and 100 attending physicians (93.6% of enrolled participants) evaluated all 20 blog posts. Single-measure intraclass correlation coefficients within groups were fair to poor (0.36 to 0.40). Average-measure intraclass correlation coefficients were more reliable (0.811 to 0.840). Mean gestalt ratings by attending physicians correlated strongly with those by medical students (r=0.92) and residents (r=0.99). The generalizability coefficient was 0.91 for the complete data set. The decision study found that 42 gestalt ratings were required to reliably evaluate quality (>0.8).The mean gestalt quality ratings of blog posts between medical students, residents, and attending physicians correlate strongly, but individual ratings are unreliable. With sufficient raters, mean gestalt ratings provide a community standard for assessment.

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  • Hawks, Doves and Rasch decisions: Understanding the influence of different cycles of an OSCE on students' scores using Many Facet Rasch Modeling MEDICAL TEACHER Yeates, P., Sebok-Syer, S. S. 2017; 39 (1): 92–99


    OSCEs are commonly conducted in multiple cycles (different circuits, times, and locations), yet the potential for students' allocation to different OSCE cycles is rarely considered as a source of variance-perhaps in part because conventional psychometrics provide limited insight.We used Many Facet Rasch Modeling (MFRM) to estimate the influence of "examiner cohorts" (the combined influence of the examiners in the cycle to which each student was allocated) on students' scores within a fully nested multi-cycle OSCE.Observed average scores for examiners cycles varied by 8.6%, but model-adjusted estimates showed a smaller range of 4.4%. Most students' scores were only slightly altered by the model; the greatest score increase was 5.3%, and greatest score decrease was -3.6%, with 2 students passing who would have failed.Despite using 16 examiners per cycle, examiner variability did not completely counter-balance, resulting in an influence of OSCE cycles on students' scores. Assumptions were required for the MFRM analysis; innovative procedures to overcome these limitations and strengthen OSCEs are discussed.OSCE cycle allocation has the potential to exert a small but unfair influence on students' OSCE scores; these little-considered influences should challenge our assumptions and design of OSCEs.

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  • “It’s Complicated”: Understanding the Relationships Between Checklists, Rating Scales, and Written Comments in Workplace-Based Assessments Academic Medicine Sebok-Syer, S. S., Klinger, D. A., Sherbino, J., Chan, T. M. 2016; 91 (11)
  • Competency-based simulation assessment of resuscitation skills in emergency medicine postgraduate trainees – A Canadian multi-centered study Canadian Medical Education Journal Dagnone, J. D., Hall, A. K., Sebok-Syer, S. S., Klinger, D., Woolfrey, K., Davison, C., Ross, J., McNeil, G., Moore, S. 2016; 7 (1)
  • Seeing Things Differently or Seeing Different Things? Exploring Raters' Associations of Noncognitive Attributes ACADEMIC MEDICINE Sebok, S. S., Syer, M. D. 2015; 90 (11): S50–S55


    Raters represent a significant source of unexplained, and often undesired, variance in performance-based assessments. To better understand rater variance, this study investigated how various raters, observing the same performance, perceived relationships amongst different noncognitive attributes measured in performance assessments.Medical admissions data from a Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) used at one Canadian medical school were collected and subsequently analyzed using the Many Facet Rasch Model (MFRM) and hierarchical clustering. This particular MMI consisted of eight stations. At each station a faculty member and an upper-year medical student rated applicants on various noncognitive attributes including communication, critical thinking, effectiveness, empathy, integrity, maturity, professionalism, and resolution.The Rasch analyses revealed differences between faculty and student raters across the eight different MMI stations. These analyses also identified that, at times, raters were unable to distinguish between the various noncognitive attributes. Hierarchical clustering highlighted differences in how faculty and student raters observed the various noncognitive attributes. Differences in how individual raters associated the various attributes within a station were also observed.The MFRM and hierarchical clustering helped to explain some of the variability associated with raters in a way that other measurement models are unable to capture. These findings highlight that differences in ratings may result from raters possessing different interpretations of an observed performance. This study has implications for developing more purposeful rater selection and rater profiling in performance-based assessments.

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  • Examiners and content and site: Oh My! A national organization's investigation of score variation in large-scale performance assessments ADVANCES IN HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION Sebok, S. S., Roy, M., Klinger, D. A., De Champlain, A. F. 2015; 20 (3): 581–94


    Examiner effects and content specificity are two well known sources of construct irrelevant variance that present great challenges in performance-based assessments. National medical organizations that are responsible for large-scale performance based assessments experience an additional challenge as they are responsible for administering qualification examinations to physician candidates at several locations and institutions. This study explores the impact of site location as a source of score variation in a large-scale national assessment used to measure the readiness of internationally educated physician candidates for residency programs. Data from the Medical Council of Canada's National Assessment Collaboration were analyzed using Hierarchical Linear Modeling and Rasch Analyses. Consistent with previous research, problematic variance due to examiner effects and content specificity was found. Additionally, site location was also identified as a potential source of construct irrelevant variance in examination scores.

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  • Cross-national trends in perceived school pressure by gender and age from 1994 to 2010 EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Klinger, D. A., Freeman, J. G., Bilz, L., Liiv, K., Ramelow, D., Sebok, S. S., Samdal, O., Duer, W., Rasmussen, M. 2015; 25: 51–56


    Pressure within school can be a critical component in understanding how the school experience influences young people's intellectual development, physical and mental health and future educational decisions.Data from five survey rounds (1993/1994, 1997/1998, 2001/2002, 2005/2006 and 2009/2010) were used to examine time-, age- and gender-related trends in the amounts of reported school pressure among 11-, 13- and 15-year-olds, in five different regions (North America, Great Britain, Eastern Europe, Nordic and Germanic countries).Across the regions the reported perceptions of school pressure did not change between 1994 and 2010, despite a temporary increase in 2002 and 2006. With the exception of children at 11 years of age, girls reported higher levels of school pressure than boys (Cohen's d from 0.12 to 0.58) and school pressure was higher in older age groups. These findings were consistent across countries. Regionally, children in North America reported the highest levels of school pressure, and students in the Germanic countries the lowest.Factors associated with child development and differences in societal expectations and structures, along with the possible, albeit, differential impact of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), may partially explain the differences and trends found in school pressure. School pressure increases alongside the onset of adolescence and the shift from elementary school to the higher demanding expectations of secondary education. Time-related increases in school pressure occurred in the years following the release of the PISA results, and were larger in those regions in which results were less positive.

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  • Development and testing of an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) to assess socio-cultural dimensions of patient safety competency BMJ QUALITY & SAFETY Ginsburg, L. R., Tregunno, D., Norton, P. G., Smee, S., de Vries, I., Sebok, S. S., VanDenKerkhof, E. G., Luctkar-Flude, M., Medves, J. 2015; 24 (3): 188–94


    Patient safety (PS) receives limited attention in health professional curricula. We developed and pilot tested four Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) stations intended to reflect socio-cultural dimensions in the Canadian Patient Safety Institute's Safety Competency Framework.18 third year undergraduate medical and nursing students at a Canadian University.OSCE cases were developed by faculty with clinical and PS expertise with assistance from expert facilitators from the Medical Council of Canada. Stations reflect domains in the Safety Competency Framework (ie, managing safety risks, culture of safety, communication). Stations were assessed by two clinical faculty members. Inter-rater reliability was examined using weighted κ values. Additional aspects of reliability and OSCE performance are reported.Assessors exhibited excellent agreement (weighted κ scores ranged from 0.74 to 0.82 for the four OSCE stations). Learners' scores varied across the four stations. Nursing students scored significantly lower (p<0.05) than medical students on three stations (nursing student mean scores=1.9, 1.9 and 2.7; medical student mean scores=2.8, 2.9 and 3.5 for stations 1, 2 and 3, respectively where 1=borderline unsatisfactory, 2=borderline satisfactory and 3=competence demonstrated). 7/18 students (39%) scored below 'borderline satisfactory' on one or more stations.Results show (1) four OSCE stations evaluating socio-cultural dimensions of PS achieved variation in scores and (2) performance on this OSCE can be evaluated with high reliability, suggesting a single assessor per station would be sufficient. Differences between nursing and medical student performance are interesting; however, it is unclear what factors explain these differences.

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  • Examiners and content and site: Oh my! A national organization’s investigation of variation in performance-based assessments Advances in Health Sciences Education, Sebok-Syer, S. S., Roy, M., Klinger, D. A., De Champlain, A. F. 2015; 20 (3)
  • Psychometric properties of the multiple mini-interview used for medical admissions: findings from generalizability and Rasch analyses ADVANCES IN HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION Sebok, S. S., Luu, K., Klinger, D. A. 2014; 19 (1): 71–84


    The multiple mini-interview (MMI) has become an increasingly popular admissions method for selecting prospective students into professional programs (e.g., medical school). The MMI uses a series of short, labour intensive simulation stations and scenario interviews to more effectively assess applicants' non-cognitive qualities such as empathy, critical thinking, integrity, and communication. MMI data from 455 medical school applicants were analyzed using: (1) Generalizability Theory to estimate the generalizability of the MMI and identify sources of error; and (2) the Many-Facet Rasch Model, to identify misfitting examinees, items and raters. Consistent with previous research, our results support the reliability of MMI process. However, it appears that the non-cognitive qualities are not being measured as unique constructs across stations.

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  • Assessment of a master of education counselling application selection process using rasch analysis and generalizability theory Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy Sebok-Syer, S. S., MacMillan, P. D. 2014; 48 (2)
  • Understanding the complexities of validity using reflective practice REFLECTIVE PRACTICE Sebok, S. 2014; 15 (4): 445–55
  • Survey of northern informal and formal mental health practitioners INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CIRCUMPOLAR HEALTH O'Neill, L., George, S., Sebok, S. 2013; 72: 135–41


    This survey is part of a multi-year research study on informal and formal mental health support in northern Canada involving the use of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methods in an effort to better understand mental health in a northern context.The main objective of the 3-year study was to document the situation of formal and informal helpers in providing mental health support in isolated northern communities in northern British Columbia, northern Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The intent of developing a survey was to include more participants in the research and access those working in small communities who would be concerned regarding confidentiality and anonymity due to their high profile within smaller populations.Based on the in-depth interviews from the qualitative phase of the project, the research team developed a survey that reflected the main themes found in the initial qualitative analysis. The on-line survey consisted of 26 questions, looking at basic demographic information and presenting lists of possible challenges, supports and client mental health issues for participants to prioritise.Thirty-two participants identified various challenges, supports and client issues relevant to their mental health support work. A vast majority of the respondents felt prepared for northern practice and had some level of formal education. Supports for longevity included team collaboration, knowledgeable supervisors, managers, leaders and more opportunities for formal education, specific training and continuity of care to support clients.For northern-based research in small communities, the development of a survey allowed more participants to join the larger study in a way that protected their identity and confidentiality. The results from the survey emphasise the need for team collaboration, interdisciplinary practice and working with community strengths as a way to sustain mental health support workers in the North.

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  • Reflections on using data visualization techniques to engage stakeholders Queen’s University Graduate Student Symposium Proceedings Lam, C. Y., Ma, J., Sebok, S., Chapman, A. E., Mei, Y. 2012