ERIC Number: ED222755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Apr-30
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Assessment and Self-Paced Learning Modules for Physician Assistants. The Comprehensive Report.
American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arlington, VA.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.
A project was undertaken to refine an existing self-assessment system and to develop self-paced learning modules for use in the continuing education of physician assistants (PA). Included among the major activities of the project were the following: (1) modification of the existing criterion-referenced Physician Assistant Self-Assessment Examination (PA-SAE) based on internal consistency and item analyses; (2) refinement of the PA-SAE scoring system; (3) development of a profile of the PA profession based on the results of an examination of a representative national sample of physician assistants; (4) completion of 18 self-paced learning modules based on the results of the PA profile; and (5) design of a continuing competency assurance program. The project has resulted in the production of a viable model for a continuing competency assurance system for physician assistants. To date, 12 learning modules have been completed and 6 more are currently being developed. Recommendations emerging from the project included calls for further consideration of the adequacy of the examination with regard to standards-setting and for development of similar systems for other health professions. (MN)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Criterion Referenced Tests, Diagnostic Tests, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules, Material Development, Pacing, Physicians Assistants, Professional Continuing Education, Program Effectiveness, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Test Construction, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD. Bureau of Health Professions.
Authoring Institution: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arlington, VA.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.