Shahid Rauf, Wajeeha Aurangzeb, Seyyedha Abbas, Naushaba Sadiq


Background: In year 2011 the Department of Medical Education, Foundation University Medical
College, Rawalpindi decided to implement workplace based assessments (WPBA) in the upcoming
batch of students. The formative assessment included Mini-Cex, Direct Observation of Procedural
Skills (DOPS), case-based discussions (CbD) and multisource feedback (MSF). The study was
undertaken to explore and determine the perceptions of the surgical trainees and faculty regarding their
experiences in WPBA. Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, a 24 item, 5 point Likert
scale questionnaire was administered to 30 trainees and 20 faculty members of surgery department at
Foundation University Medical College. The questionnaire had reasonably high reliability (α=0.90).
The results were analysed and tabulated using SPSS-16. The perceptions of faculty and trainee on
WPBA were analysed separately for assessing the effectiveness of the assessment method. Results:
Majority of the respondents were of the view that WPBA is beneficial and should be continued.
However the trainees were of the view that it should be free of the personal preferences of the trainer.
Moreover the training workshops for faculty and trainee should be regular and frequent. Conclusions:
WPBA offers the opportunity to connect teaching, learning and assessment. More studies on WPBA in
different departments of hospitals are required to be carried out in order to overcome the deficiencies
and to improve the assessment methods.
Keywords: WPBA, FUMC, Mini-Cex, DOPS, CBD

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