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A high quality online course for teachers in the healthcare professions

About Course

The AMEE Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) course is aimed at people involved with teaching in the health professions who have limited experience in assessment and who 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. This online course has been offered since January 2017.

All that is needed to participate is access to a broadband internet connection.


The course is delivered over 12 weeks and has six modules.

  • Interactive webinars: led by experts in the field of health professions education. Each presenter will provide an overview, theoretical foundations, practical applications and latest thinking on the most important aspects of assessment.
  • Online discussions: offer the opportunity to take part in building on the ideas and principles gained in the webinars, and applying them in your own context.
  • Key resource materials: plus access to relevant AMEE guides 
  • An AMEE-ESME Certificate in Medical Education Assessment is awarded on the basis of satisfactory participation in the six modules, and completion of an end of course assignment.



  • The course offers a flexible approach. You can take part at a place - home or work - and at a time convenient to you.
  • The course is practical with a clear and simple theoretical underpinning. The ideas are presented in such a way that they can be applied to your day-to-day work as a teacher or trainer.
  • You engage with colleagues with a similar interest in a supportive, non-threatening learning environment.
  • You gain a rich set of resources to support your engagement with the course and for your personal use later.
  • You will be awarded, on satisfactory completion of the course,  the AMEE-ESMEA Certificate in Medical Education Assessment. This recognises your commitment to achievement in the field.

        ESMEA Online - previous feedback

        "The lecturers are very experienced and they explain the topics very well."

        "Being able to hear presenters discuss the topics 'in their own words' - this facilitated understanding."   

        "Inspired me to make changes in assessment."

        "Exchange different experiences and points of view. See what is performed in other parts of the world."


Module 1:  Principles of Assessment (Katharine Boursicot)

  • Fundamental principles of assessment
  • Validity and reliability
  • Blueprinting

Module 2:  Tests of knowledge (Claire Canning)

  • Formats of testing
  • Writing good Single Best Answer( SBA) test items
  • Reviewing test items

Module 3:  Tests of clinical skills: OSCEs (Katharine Boursicot)

  • Principles of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • Modern developments: scoring, timing, examiner and simulated patients
  • How to write authentic and feasible stations

Module 4:  Assessment in the workplace (Richard Fuller)

  • Introduction to workplace based assessments (WBAs)
  • WBA tools
  • Implementation and uses

Module 5:  Standard setting (Katharine Boursicot)

  • Principles of seetting the cut score
  • Examples of current methods for written tests
  • Standard settng for OSCEs

Module 6:  Quality assurance of assessment (Sandra Kemp)

  • Principles of ensuring your assessment works as intended
  • How to ensure quality of your assessment


Registration & Fees

Fees include access to the interactive presentations, participation in an online discussion forum facilitated by a tutor, course resource materials including an e-copy of "Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher" (Harden & Laidlaw, 2017), assessment of course work and, if the work is completed satisfactorily, the award of AMEE-ESME Certificate in Medical Education (Assessment).

  • Standard Fee £545
  • Fee for AMEE members £475
  • Participants from countries less well resourced £285
*Registration is not yet open for this course.  Future dates to be announced.


ESME Assessment Online Terms and Conditions


Dr Katharine Boursicot Course Leader
Dr Katharine Boursicot - Course Leader
Professor Richard Fuller Course Tutor
Professor Richard Fuller - Course Tutor
Professor Sandra Kemp Course Tutor
Professor Sandra Kemp - Course Tutor
Claire Canning Course Tutor
Claire Canning - Course Tutor


  • 2021 dates to be announced
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