A primer on standards setting as it applies to surgical education and credentialing
Abbreviated Journal Title
Clinical assessment; Credentialing; High-stakes assessment; Performance; metrics; Skill assessment; Standard setting; MEDICAL-EDUCATION; PERFORMANCE; SKILLS; Surgery
Surgical technological advances in the past three decades have led to dramatic reductions in the morbidity associated with abdominal procedures and permanently altered the surgical practice landscape. Significant changes continue apace including surgical robotics, natural orifice-based surgery, and single-incision approaches. These disruptive technologies have on occasion been injurious to patients, and high-stakes assessment before adoption of new technologies would be reasonable. We reviewed the drivers for well-established psychometric techniques available for the standards-setting process. We present a series of examples that are relevant in the surgical domain including standards setting for knowledge and skills assessments. Defensible standards for knowledge and procedural skills will likely become part of surgical clinical practice. Understanding the methodology for determining standards should position the surgical community to assist in the process and lead within their clinical settings as standards are considered that may affect patient safety and physician credentialing.
Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
"A primer on standards setting as it applies to surgical education and credentialing" (2013). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 3769.