Workshop details

European video assessment of real patient encounters, an innovative online IT tool for learning

Date: Saturday 15th October 2016


  • Paul Ram, European Board of Medical Assessors, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Annemarie Camp, European Board of Medical Assessors, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Lesley Southgate, St George’s University of London, UK
  • Thomas Gale, Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education and Research in Assessment, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, UK
  • Pauline McAvoy, Independent consultant, London, UK

Workshop description

Workplace assessment relates to assessment of the performance of doctors in real practice. Standardised assessment provides indirect evidence on how doctors function in the workplace.

For that reason, the European Board of Medical Assessors has developed an innovative and flexible software tool to assess doctors (in training) by using real videotaped patient encounters. It enables doctors to demonstrate their competences (communication with patients and medical performance) and European medical schools to benchmark their graduates’ performance across countries.

With this tool students upload multiple encounters, which will be distributed to multiple assessors for qualitative rating and to provide (narrative) feedback. The competency framework is designed by European experts in medical education at the level of medical graduates that have just started clinical activities in the workplace or undergraduates in the later years of medical studies.

The tool will be demonstrated followed by an interactive assessment of a real consultation. Delegates rate the consultation with the instrument and discuss the content validity, standard setting and implementation with the focus on the difficulties and possible solutions associated with European (video) assessments.

Objectives of the session and the knowledge, attitudes and skills that participants should gain from it

After the workshop both knowledge and skills regarding video assessment will be improved. Delegates will have explored the possibilities of video assessment and the difficulties and possible solutions associated with European (video) assessments including:

  • Procedures around video assessment
  • Scoring on competences by the use of videotaped patient encounters
  • Content validity of the selection of encounters and the assessment instrument
  • Ethical and legal challenges for patient’s consent
  • Definition of standards to assess real encounters of the newly graduating doctors across European borders.

Maximum number of participants