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Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME)


Course co-directors: Jack Boulet, Ann King

Course faculty: André De Champlain, Ingrid Philibert, Danette McKinley, Dale Dauphiné and Marc Gessaroli



  • Friday, April 25 – full-day workshop

  • Sunday, April 27– lunch meeting with facilitators

  • Monday, April 28 – lunch meeting with facilitators


This introductory assessment course is offered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). The course is led by internationally recognized faculty.  FAME is intended to be a basic-level course on educational assessment.  We are targeting persons who have responsibility for assessing undergraduate medical students, graduate trainees and practicing doctors.  Instruction will concentrate on the application of assessment principles, including test development, scoring, standard setting and validation of test scores.

Research Essential Skills in Medical Education (RESME) Course
Facilitators:  Charlotte Ringsted (Course Leader), Brian Hodges, Albert Scherpbier
Course schedule:

  • Friday April 25:  full-day workshop

  • Saturday April 26:  participants attended other preconference workshops

  • Sunday April 27: lunch meeting

  • Monday April 28: lunch meeting and 90 minute conference workshop

The RESME Course provides an introduction to the essential principles and methods of conducting research in medical education: formulating research questions, choosing a research approach, selecting an appropriate global methodology and constructing a research plan.  Through a series of short presentations and small group work, this highly interactive course will introduce basic concepts and principles using a variety of examples relating to theory.  After completing the course, participants will have acquired a framework for understanding and application of essential concepts and principles for research in medical education.  Within six months of completion of the course, participants may choose to submit a short research proposal on a topic of their interest describing the application of concepts and principles covered in the course, leading to award of the RESME Certificate in Medical Education.

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