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March 1969

In-Training Evaluation of LearningObjective Measurement of the Product and Process of Graduate Medical Education

Author Affiliations


Dr. Levit is Secretary and Associate Director of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(3):342-349. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610210096018

WHEN George Hambrick first spoke with me about this conference some months ago, he asked if I might give a talk concerning the evaluation of learning while in training; I agreed. One might wonder why such a straight-forward and concise topic now appears on the program under the general and rather formidable heading of "Objective Evaluation of the Product and the Process of Medical Education."

Let me assure you that my presentation today will relate primarily to the topic of evaluation of learning during graduate medical education—but with specific definition.

In popular use today, the term "evaluation" has a very broad connotation which includes the subjective appraisal of attitudes and values, as well as performance. In the discussion that follows, I shall use the term evaluation in a more precise sense—namely, that of assessment by means of carefully designed measuring instruments, or examinations.

Purposes of Evaluation 

1. Certification.—  Evaluation

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