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AMEE 2021 ESMEA Course

The AMEE Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) course is aimed at educators in the health professions who have limited experience in assessment and wish to gain an insight into practical applications. It is also relevant to others who already have an interest in assessment and wish to gain a foundation in the theoretical underpinnings.

After completing the course, participants will have acquired a vocabulary and framework for understanding essential concepts in assessment, and familiarity with the principles for their practical implementation.

The award of the AMEE-ESMEA Certificate in Medical Education provides evidence of the participant’s interest in education and skills related to medical education assessment.

The highly successful face-to-face ESMEA course has been offered since 2007 at major international medical education conferences. Because the AMEE 2021 Conference will be virtual, we are offering the ESMEA course as a hybrid model. There will be online video presentations, resources and a discussion board, and two live webinars for further discussions and activities.

Course content

The course content will cover the following topics

1. Principles of assessment
2. Test of knowledge
3. Test of clinical skills: OSCEs
4. Workplace based assessments
5. Standard Setting
6. Designing a system of assessment 

Principles of Assessment

The underlying principles of assessment 
Miller’s Pyramid and assessing clinical competence

Tests of Knowledge

Review Miller’s Triangle in the context of what MCQs can assess
Blueprinting tests of applied medical knowledge - some examples.
Principal MCQ formats:  MTF, SBA, EMQ, benefits and disadvantages
Examples of SBA construction

Tests of Clinical Skills: OSCEs

Building an understanding of the following:

Basic Principles of OSCEs
OSCE Planning
OSCE scoring

Assessment in the workplace

Principles of workplace-based assessment
Different WBA tools
Best practice in using WBA tools

Standard setting

Principles of standard setting
Classification of methods
Standard setting methods for written tests
Standard setting for performance-based examinations

Designing a system of assessment

Principles of assessment design at system/programme level
Designing an entire programme of assessment: choosing tools, aligning with course outcomes 

Course delivery


Video presentations
Templates, guides 
Reading material

Discussion Board

Participation on the discussion board will be considered as “engagement with the course”. Questions and activities will be posed by the course tutors, with asynchronous discussions.
Participants are encouraged to look at and comment on each other’s posts, network and share their ideas

Live webinar sessions

There will be 2 live webinar sessions:

  1. 27th August: 0900 to 1200 (UK summer time)
  2. 28th August: 0900 to 1200 (UK summer time)

During each 3-hr webinar, there will be

Breakout Groups for group activities
General session for feedback from breakout groups, and whole group activities


  1. There will be an end-of-course assignment (voluntary)
  2. The parameters and regulations concerning the final assignment are
    1. 3000 words (2700-3000 words will be accepted, excluding references)
    2. Participants may choose either
    3. an evidence based treatise on the development and implementation of a new type of assessment (or programme of assessment) in their own institution  or
    4. an exploration of the contemporary best evidence in relation to one of the course topics
  1. The criteria for scoring the assignments will be clear and easily available to the participants: scoring rubric table to be provided


  • Course Leader:  Kathy Boursicot (Duke-NUS, Singapore)
  • Facilitators:  Richard Fuller (University of Liverpool, UK), Sandra Kemp (Curtin University, Australia) and Trudie Roberts (University of Leeds, UK)

Cost: £400

Cancellations:  Requests to cancel should be emailed to Worldspan ([email protected]).  AMEE will make every effort to resell your place on a course but cannot guarantee a refund will be possible.  No refunds will be given for non-attendance at courses.

How to register:  Wherever possible courses should be reserved and paid at the time of registration. Places are strictly limited and allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

It is not possible to register for the AMEE-ESMEA course only.  Course participants must register for AMEE 2021 and pay the appropriate conference registration fee.


If you have any questions regarding the AMEE-ESMEA Course, please contact the ESME Course Administrator ([email protected]).  Registration enquiries should be directed to Worldspan ([email protected])

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