IAMSE #VirtualForum22 Session Spotlight: Developing Integrated Assessments 

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) invites you to join us for our inaugural Virtual Forum! Join us December 2-3 and 5-6 as we host workshops, ignite talks, posters, lightning talks, roundtable discussions and more. Borders come in all forms, from geo-political to socio-economic, from online to face to face, and from diversity to experience levels. This forum will feature conversations that showcase the borders but give actionable suggestions on how to remove them and build community. We are excited to showcase the PreConference Workshop Collaborative and Constructive Approach in Developing Integrated Assessments, presented by Varna Taranikanti (USA). 

Varna Taranikanti, MD, MS, PhD

Collaborative and Constructive Approach in
Developing Integrated Assessments

Presenter: Varna Taranikanti, MD, MS, PhD
Block 1 Pre-Conference: Friday, December 2, 2022, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Eastern
Block 2 Pre-Conference: Saturday, December 3, 2022 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern
Description: Pre-clinical years (M1 and M2) in the medical schools around the world have moved away from the discipline based didactic pedagogies into system-based, integrated outcome-based curricula. Integration of basic and clinical sciences enhances concept building, relevance to learning, reasoning and high order thinking skills among students. Integrated assessments can be at different levels: intradisciplinary, interdisciplinary (horizontal integration) as well as multidisciplinary (vertical integration). These are best created when both basic sciences faculty and clinical sciences faculty collaborate and choose appropriate methods of assessment in congruence with the teaching objectives so that all aspects of students learning experiences are evaluated. Students transiting from the preclinical to the clinical years need to integrate basic science concepts in understanding the pathophysiology behind the patient’s presenting symptoms. To achieve this, it is important for the learner to transcend discipline boundaries. Hence developing integrated questions and testing students would facilitate smooth transition of the students to the clinical years.