Lectures and seminars Open seminar with Professor Kevin Eva: Honouring the sacred gift: How understanding diagnostic reasoning can improve assessment practice

14-10-2022 12:00 pm Add to iCal
Campus Solna The learning environment outside the university library, BZ

Seminar by Professor Kevin Eva - Recipient of the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education 2022

Professor Kevin Eva sitting behind a pile of books.
Professor Kevin Eva is awarded the KIPRIME 2022. Photo: The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

Assessment in the health professions serves both a gatekeeping function and provides a path toward performance improvement. Given the complexity of physician–patient interactions and the inadequacy of self-assessment for judging one’s own strengths and weaknesses, medicine is dependent on the perceptions and perspectives of observers if its assessment practices are to authentically reflect good healthcare. 

The literature in this regard is rather pessimistic as many problems with rater-based assessment have been observed. In this talk I will provide a counter-argument, outlining the challenges facing health professional educators along with insights that have been gained from the systematic study of judgment and the application of cognitive psychology toward deriving solutions. 

The good news for health care providers is that the same principles that improve diagnostic reasoning offer guidance regarding how to design systems that accommodate human limitations in assessment tasks. In short, rather than striving to change fundamental aspects of cognition through rater training, our efforts should be put towards building protocols that minimize their fallibilities. 

Sandwiches and coffee will be served for lunch | No registration is needed


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