Educational Assessments

What is an assessment?  Why do we need them?


  • An activity assessment is a basic requirement for accreditation 
  • AMA requires that all CME activities must provide learner assessment measuring achievement of the educational purpose and/or activity objective
  • Assessment confirms the goals of the activity have been met
  • The most commonly used assessment is the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
  • Each MCQ should be directly tied to or support the learning objectives

The focus of this Module is the MCQ.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Explain why assessments are needed, specifically Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

2. Identify the components of an MCQ – stem, responses, best answer, distractors – and best practices for each.

3. Develop strong MCQs that avoid common pitfalls.

4 .Develop MCQs that effectively assess the achievement of the learning objectives.

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David B. Joseph MD, FACS, FAAP

Professor of Urology
Vice-Chair Academic Affairs
Department of Urology/UAB
Beverly P. Head Chair in Pediatric Urology
Children’s of Alabama
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