Programmatic Assessment: A Paradigm Shift in Medical Education

Roger Ellis OBE, Elaine Hogard



This article describes Programmatic Assessment, a significant innovation in Medical Education, which involves such a change in thinking and action as to merit the label paradigm shift. Programmatic Assessment is a radical approach to assessment throughout the medical education programme devised to address endemic problems in assessment and their deleterious effects on the curriculum and student learning. While the focus is on Medical Education the ideas, issues and approaches are relevant to professional education more broadly. 

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