Patients at the heart of clinical assessments- past, present, and future

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This presentation will consider the past, present and future role of patients within authentic clinical assessments- enabling participants to apply common themes and principles to develop and enhance their own clinical assessments. Using a series of short case studies, we will illustrate the role of patients within structured clinical assessments (formative and summative). We will explore patient involvement in the following areas of assessment design: • Simulated patients - involvement in scenario writing and development - recruitment ensuring diversity, achieving and facilitating authenticity and validity - training, calibration and peer review to ensure reliability and consistency of student experience • Real patients - tips for recruitment in the face of changing healthcare services, equality, diversity and inclusivity - appropriate risk assessments • Patient (simulated and real) contribution to feedback and summative scoring- capturing the patient’s voice to inform future learning • Regulatory requirements & evidencing patient involvement • Logistical considerations for managing large assessments involving patients • Feeding back to patients- what to do if problems arise Discussion & Conclusion Finally, we will discuss the role of patients within authentic clinical assessments in the future, developing the core principles of authentic, valid and reliable assessments within the workplace. Take-home Message Patients have a rich role to play in enhancing and improving the authenticity and quality of assessments in undergraduate medical education. By considering their role at each stage of assessment design and implementation, clinical assessments can be enhanced to provide a rich source of assessment FOR learning, developing students’ skills.
Period21 Jan 2021
Event titleEuropean Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA) Virtual Conference: Programmatic assessment
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • medical education
  • patients
  • assessment