Spring 2012: Overall Competency Assessment


Guest Perspective: Dr. Marilyn E. Lantz, Putting It All Together: Thinking About Assessment of a Dental Student's "Overall" Competence
Campus Spotlight: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Interprofessional Spotlight: Physical Therapy Clinical Performance Instrument

Overall Competency Assessment 

Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President, ADEA Policy Center

At last summer's ACEA CCI Liaisons meeting, one message came through loud and clear: schools want help in deciphering how they can meet the new Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) predoctoral standards. They especially want guidance in how to meet the requirement to "assess overall competency, not simply individual competencies in order to measure the graduate's readiness to enter the practice of general dentistry."

The need for assistance in this area is consistent with the findings of the Survey of Assessment Practices in U.S. Dental Schools conducted by ADEA CCI in 2008. It showed that fewer than ten percent of dental schools had a comprehensive assessment in place. Fortunately, several models exist that other schools can borrow from or replicate.

One of the best known has been developed by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and is described in this issue's Campus Spotlight. Another can be found at the University of Michigan. Our guest commentator, Dr. Marilyn Lantz describes UM's approach to global assessment and shares her thoughts on how other schools can meet this CODA standard in our Guest Perspective. Finally, we share a widely used tool for determining overall competency developed by our colleagues in physical therapy in our first Interprofessional Spotlight. When we met last June, Liaisons also voiced a desire to learn more about what is happening in education among the other health professions. We hope that this new feature proves both inspirational and instructive as we work to promote change and innovation at our own institutions.

June 13-15, 2012 
ADEA CCI Summer 2012 Liaisons Meeting
Doubletree Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

The theme for this year's meeting is Building Partnerships and Collaborations for Change and Innovation. Goals of this meeting will be to (1) engage participants in discussions about unique partnerships and collaborative efforts that have been developed at their institutions, (2) provide content that will help prepare liaisons to play important leadership roles in facilitating the development of partnerships and collaborations, and (3) provide opportunities for liaisons to develop team building skills that can facilitate collaborative relationships.


List of Open Courseware Resources

Presentations from the ADEA CCI Summer 2011 Meetings

Presentations from the ADEA CCI Summer 2010 Meetings

ADEA CCI white papers in the JDE

ADEA CCI Resources for Curricular Change and Innovation

Profiled Campus and Related Sites

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School

American Physical Therapy Association

University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Overall Competency Assessment

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Gerrow JD, Murphy HJ, Boyd MA, Scott DA. Concurrent validity of written and OSCE components of the Canadian dental certification examinations. J Dent Educ. 2003;67(8):896-901.

Schoonheim-Klein M, Muijtens A, Habets L, Van der Vleuten C, Hoogstraten J, Van der Velden U. On the reliability of a dental OSCE, using SEM: effect of different days. Eur J Dent Educ. 2008;12:131-137.

Roach KE, Frost JS, Francis NJ, Giles S, Nordrum JT, Delitto A. Validation of the Revised Physical Therapist Clinical Performance Instrument (PT CPI): Version 2006. Physical Therapy. 2012;92(3)

Roach K, Gandy J, Deusinger SS et al. The Development and Testing of APTA Clinical Performance Instruments. Physical Therapy. 2002;82:329-353.