Learning and Assessment

Learning strategies and assessment resources.

Learning Strategies - The Curriculum Framework provides clear learning outcomes for the prevocational doctor to achieve and can be used to facilitate learning. There are numerous educational strategies available to assist educators in achieving these aims. Some examples have been provided for each of the three core areas:

Clinical Management

  • Online learning programs; tutorials; journal clubs (Knowledge)
  • Practice under supervision; skills workshops using part task trainers; staged participation e.g. observation, part or whole skill training; simulation training (Skills)
  • Role modelling; multidisciplinary team meetings; simulation training (Behaviours)


  • Role modelling e.g. involving prevocational doctors in family meetings
  • Practice under supervision
  • Videotapes
  • Standardised patients e.g. actors used to facilitate practice of difficult communication situations
  • Templates e.g. for written communication
  • Simulation training


  • Role modelling
  • Tutorials
  • Online learning

Assessment Resources - The Curriculum Framework has no outline mechanisms for the formal assessment of competencies. However, some assessment is required to provide the prevocational doctor with feedback on their performance. Again, the following are examples only and will vary from workplace to workplace:

  • Multiple choice questions; extended match questions; case studies with guided questions (Knowledge)
  • Checklists with elements of competency listed in the Curriculum Framework; OSCE stations; Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini CEX); Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS); observation (Skills)
  • Mini CEX; 360 degree appraisal; peer appraisal; self evaluation (Behaviours)

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