Assessment in Health Professions Education (online)

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Education in the health professions involves extensive assessment of students or trainees. This online course is designed to help you develop or extend your knowledge about assessment and to provide you with frameworks to refine the implementation of assessment in your professional context.

In this course you will learn a systems approach to assessment in which your individual assessment practices will be located within the broader framework encompassing your learners, your course(s), your institution, your accrediting body, and the community in which you and your trainees practice (e.g., patients and their families, multi-disciplinary teams within which you work). You will explore the intimate relationship between assessment and learning, and the essentials of effective and quality assessment. You will learn the skills to develop assessment programs that align with the desired objectives and outcomes of your program.

The teaching approach will oscillate between interactive didactic sessions on assessment in the health professions from a broad ‘balcony’ perspective, to practical exercises aimed to contextualise or ‘ground’ the broader content to your individual assessment practices.

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Who should attend

Assessment in Health Professions Education is designed for academic and clinical educators in the health professions who are involved in assessment of students and trainees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, encompassing speciality training across a range of health professions. Our course is relevant to all educators interested in the theory and practice of contemporary assessment processes within health professions.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the role of assessment in influencing student learning behaviour and learning process.
  • Identify and apply the principles of educational assessment in professional healthcare teaching.
  • Critique the range of assessment tools that can be used in the effective delivery of health professional education and select appropriately to assess a range of skills, knowledge and attitudinal characteristics in different contexts.
  • Describe and distinguish between the uses of formative and summative assessment procedures and the importance of feedback to both aspects

Accelerate your qualification

Eligible participants who complete the assessed version of this short course can receive 6 credit points towards the M4009 Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education.

Learn more at our Health Health Professions Education and Simulation courses page.

Frequently asked questions


‘Assessment in Health Professions Education’ course has been accredited by the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM) in the category “General Quality Assurance and Patient Safety Activities – Category 3A, 2 points per hour”. Participants who complete this course will be eligible for 49 CICM CPD points (total of 24.5 hours).
‘Assessment in Health Professions Education course and pre-course online work is accredited by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) for 29.5 ACEM CPD hours.
This workshop is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 29.5 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.

Course Director

Associate Professor Simone Gibson

Director of Education, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

A/Prof Gibson is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian.  As a senior lecturer in the Master of Dietetics program, she coordinates clinical nutrition and dietetics units whilst pursuing her clinical and educational research interests.

A/Prof Gibson achieved her PhD in 2015 titled "Integrating Academic and Clinical Training - Exploring Opportunities and Innovations". She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators and has over 20 years experience as a clinical dietitian working in public and private hospitals and in private practice. A/Prof Gibson has extensive experience in all major clinical areas including intensive care, surgery and endocrinology. She has a special interest in health professional education and research and is committed to improving health professional practice. A/Prof Gibson has presented nationally and internationally in the areas of health professional education as well as nutrition and dietetics.

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