Assessing Residents in a Nuclear Medicine Physician Training Program: The Philippine Experience
Like any similar training programs in nuclear medicine, the objective of nuclear medicine physician training in the Philippines setting is to provide excellent opportunities for qualified physicians to attain the essential competencies in image interpretation, therapy procedures, molecular imaging research, and clinical experience needed to practice clinical nuclear medicine as well to meet the eligibility requirements for the local board certification. Assessment is an integral part of the training program. Formative and summative assessment tools commonly used are richly described in the actual context illustrating theory into practice, as it indirectly reflects the general physician competencies as defined in the ACGME model. With the trend of adapting to an outcome-based curriculum, assessment and evaluation should be tailored to fit this purpose. In the Philippine setting wherein most programs are still exam driven, careful transition should be done to adjust the current curriculum and resources to achieve best practice while not sacrificing student learning. Selected issues and challenges encountered in the path toward best practices are further discussed.
KeywordsNuclear Medicine Objective Structure Clinical Examination Oral Examination Summative Assessment Postgraduate Medical Education
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