Debra Klamen

Debra Klamen, MD, MHPE, is the Senior Associate Dean for Education and Curriculum at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIUSOM), where she also serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Education.  Dr. Klamen obtained her M.D. degree at the University of Chicago-Pritzker, and a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where she also received her master’s in health professions education.  Dr. Klamen’s interests include innovative curricular change and clinical performance assessment.  She headed the movement at SIUSOM to create a completely new and innovative third year clerkship, which has just completed its first year.

TOPIC TITLE : Excellence in Assessment – If It Ain’t Broke, Make it Better!

ABSTRACT : There is an axiom that goes, “If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix it.”  For a long time in medical education, that meant that we used time-worn assessment measures and didn’t worry too much about it.  MCQs, checklists, and ‘observation’ were (and still are) standard assessments.  We have progressed beyond this rubric.  Now the literature is full of competencies, milestones, and EPAs.  However, how we measure these falls immediately back into old paradigms.  What we need is a system of global judgment with some structure, a different (and better?) model of assessment.  This talk will outline what that new model of assessment might look like.