Script Concordance Assessment of Clinical Reasoning in Medical Students, Five Years Out

Presented by Mary T. Johnson on September 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Part of a clinician’s competence is the capacity to solve problems that deal with the complex and ambiguous nature of patient care. The Script Concordance Test (SCT) is a method for evaluating data interpretation, one of the measurable dimensions of problem-solving skill. Developed as a collaborative project between two large allopathic medical schools, this preclinical SCT has been used for a number of years as a benchmark for student learning. New data from two additional medical schools will be presented, along with a practical approach to utilizing outcomes.

This presentation will allow participants to:

  1. Discover the SCT, an innovative competency-based assessment.
  2. Consider the application of this tool for the evaluation of clinical reasoning in medical learners.
  3. Appreciate the SCT as a validated assessment instrument for differentiating among students along a continuum of learners from medical novice to resident physician to expert clinician.

Presenter Bios

Mary T. JohnsonDr. Johnson is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is responsible for assisting the faculty as they implement all aspects of the curriculum, in the classroom, through technology, and in the medical sciences laboratories. Dr. Johnson has more than 20 years of experience as a basic sciences educator and course director for medical microbiology and infectious diseases. She has been a leader in the evaluation of competency-based medical education for over a decade. Dr. Johnson graduated with a Ph.D. in Life Sciences from Indiana State University in 1991, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular virology at Indiana University School of Medicine. She received a faculty appointment there and served as Statewide Competency Director for Problem-Solving as well as course director for medical microbiology at the IUSM-Evansville and IUSM-Terre Haute campuses. In 2009, Dr. Johnson moved to the Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, where she served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, and later Associate Dean for Medical Education. She moved to Des Moines, IA in 2012.