2016 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions

We have had a busy 2016 to date having had the opportunity to attend and present at a number of excellent conferences.

In January, we presented two papers at the 2016 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. The first paper, “Miller’s Pyramid and Core Competency Assessment Do the Measure the Same Thing?” explored the degree of convergence of two methods in evaluating competence in a group of practicing physicians. The findings demonstrated a relationship between a measure based on Miller’s Pyramid and a 360 survey measures based on the Six Core Competency Outcome Framework. We found small differences between the two constructs at least as operationalized in the study. The data are being used to assist us in the design of professional development opportunities targeted at improving performance in Interpersonal and Communication skills, Professionalism and Systems-based Practice.

The second paper entitled “A Needs Assessment of the Relationship Between Measures of Competence and Measures of Mastery” investigated the level of agreement between measures based on the Dreyfus and Dreyfus level of Mastery with a measure based on the core competency areas. We found a relationship between the measure of Dreyfus skill acquisition level and measures based on the ABMS/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Six-Core Competency framework. While the relationship was anticipated, to our knowledge this had not been empirically demonstrated previously. The constructs are related, although not identical.

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