Clinical oral examinations: Assessment of competence in radiation therapy

Leech, M. and Craig, A. and Poole, C. and Broderick, M. and Ni Chuinneagain, S. and Coffey, M. and Byrne, J. (2009) Clinical oral examinations: Assessment of competence in radiation therapy. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 8 (3). pp. 115-118. ISSN 14603969 (ISSN)

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Matching assessment strategies to learning outcomes in radiation therapy education is of the utmost importance. Assessing clinical competence requires that competence be clearly defined prior to the start of any clinical programme. In this article, we report on our experience in using clinical oral examinations in assessing competence in second year undergraduate radiation therapy students. The shortcomings of clinical oral examinations such as leaking of the agenda are addressed and more positive attributes, such as increased collaboration between academic and clinical radiation therapists are discussed. © 2009 Cambridge University Press.

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Additional Information: Cited By :1; Export Date: 23 February 2015; CODEN: JRPOA; Correspondence Address: Leech, M.; Division of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin 8, Ireland; email:; References: Zhang, Z., Luk, W., Arthur, D., Wong, T., Nursing competencies: Personal characteristics contributing to effective nursing performance (2001) J Adv Nurs, 33, pp. 467-474; Race, P., (2001) The Lecturer's Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Learning, Teaching and Assessment, , London: Kogan Page; Freeman, R., Lewis, R., (2002) Planning and Implementing Assessment, , London: Routledge Falmer; Wakeford, R., Southgate, L., Wass, V., Improving oral examinations: Selecting, training and monitoring examiners for the MRCGP. Royal College of General practitioners (1995) Br Med J, 311, pp. 931-935; Chambers, M.A., Some issues in the assessment of clinical practice: A review of the literature (1998) J Clin Nurs, 7, pp. 201-208; Bradshaw, A., Defining 'competency' in nursing (Part II): An analytical review (1998) J Clin Nurs, 7, pp. 103-111; Bearn, D.R., Chadwick, S.M., Jack, A.C., Sackville, A., Orthodontic undergraduate education: Assessment in a modern curriculum (2002) Eur J Dental Educ, 6, pp. 162-168
Uncontrolled Keywords: Clinical competence assessment; Radiation therapist education; clinical competence; clinical practice; medical education; medical student; mouth examination; professional knowledge; radiotherapy; short survey
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