Implementing Assessment Methods in Plastic Surgery

Amanda Gosman, Karen Mann, Christopher M. Reid, Nicholas B. Vedder, Jeffrey E. Janis

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Background: Principles of effective assessment have become increasingly popular topics in graduate medical education. Changes in the structure of plastic surgery training demand a thorough understanding of the state-of-the-art in assessing surgical trainees. Moreover, the authors' understanding of different domains and methods of assessment and the available tools continues to grow. Methods: The authors reviewed the available literature regarding assessment in graduate medical education, specifically as it pertains to plastic surgery. In addition, the authors present principles of effective assessment and report on the currently available assessment methods. Results: Assessment is multifaceted and impacts everyone, not just the individual learner. For assessments to be useful, they need to possess validity and reliability. Moreover, there is a necessary pragmatism limiting different methods and tools for assessing learners. Some types of assessment are universally familiar and include examples such as written examinations and procedural logs. Other emerging areas that are actively being researched involve simulation, nontechnical skills, and procedure-specific technical assessments. Conclusion: Updating the thoroughness and multidimensionality with which plastic surgery trainees are assessed is an evolving area and one that is ripe for continued research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617e-623e
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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