Assessment - FAQ

How is the passing mark of mastery exercises determined for Foundations Curriculum courses? Why are they different for the different courses in the Foundations Curriculum?

Based on the input and review of the the Student Assessment and Standards Committee (SASC), the Foundations Committee, and the Curriculum Committee, we currently use the Hofstee method for standard setting for Mastery Exercises (ME). This approach asked members from SASC and the Foundations Committee to examine ME data from the previous academic year. Using their understanding of the objectives and goals of each course as well as the historical ME data, each committee member was asked to estimate what the acceptable values would be for the minimum and maximum pass mark in each course as well as the minimum and maximum number of students who could possibly be below the pass mark. This does not mean that there will always be the minimum number of students below the pass mark every year. Instead, these judgements are just an approach to help judges communicate their sense of the expected difficulty of each course.  Combing all of this information from members of both committees, we plot the average values on to previous ME data for a particular course and identify which score satisfies the best estimates of the committee. This point becomes the new pass mark for the course. The current year’s pass marks were estimated using the data from the 2018/19 MEs. The new pass marks are deployed and re-evaluated again at end of the academic year. 

ITM - 76

CPC 1 - 73

CPC 2 - 70

CPC 3 - 72

Adapted CPC 3 - 72

Life Cycle - 74

Complexity and Chronicity - 75

When will Foundations Curriculum students receive results of their mastery exercise?

Reports will be released to students approximately 1-2 weeks after the completion of mastery exercises.

Following the completion of each mastery exercise, the course director conducts an analysis of the assessment to ensure that all questions meet minimum standards for quality. This includes a review of item difficulty, reliability and clarity. Adjustments will be made to optimize the overall reliability of the assessment prior to the release of reports to students.  The 1-2 week timeframe also allows for the small proportion of students who need to write a make up assessment for various reasons (typically scheduled on the next self-learning day), so that the results can be released to the entire class at the same time.

How do I interpret the mastery exercise feedback report to support me in my learning?

The report you receive provides a breakdown by type of question and the specific learning objective assessed in the mastery exercise. You can use the report to determine how you did on certain types of questions (e.g. remembering, understanding, applying or evaluating) and which learning objectives you should revisit to ensure that you understand the material well enough. Each code corresponds to a learning objective which you can find in Elentra.

What happens if there is a university closure on a mastery exercise date?

Your mastery exercise will be rescheduled.

What happens if I fail a mastery exercise?

If a student fails a mastery exercise, they should contact their course director to review their performance on the assessment and determine next steps. 

What is a progress test?

The progress test is a comprehensive knowledge-based test designed to assess the targeted exit competency of students in the MD program. Progress tests are completed by Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 students. The best preparation for the test is to engage in the curriculum and stay up to date throughout the program. 

Why do we have progress testing?

Progress tests are designed to show your growth and competency acquisition over time. It’s a stable measure that shows you where you are, and where you need to be by the end of the program. 

When will progress tests occur?

 Progress tests will be given to students at regular intervals throughout the four years of the MD Program.  Year 1, 2 and 3 students will have three progress tests every academic year. Year 4 students will have two progress tests every academic year. The schedule can be found in MedSIS.  

Who has access to the learner chart?

The Director of Foundations, Clerkship Director, Director of Student Assessment, Course Directors, Student Progress Coordinator and Student Progress Committee members will have access to the Learner Chart of all students. Academy Scholars will have access to the Learner Chart profiles of students who are assigned to them. No external groups have access to a student’s Learner Chart. The Leaner Chart is purely for personal (student) and internal (MD Program) use.

How is professionalism assessed in the MD Program?

Students will be assessed throughout the MD Program by a faculty member using the following form:

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