Research

Research team

The research team is responsible for written examinations’ results, standard setting and project management with other exam teams. The team is a key point of contact for complex queries and reporting on examination performance. We collect evidence and inform widely so the quality and high standards of our examinations are maintained. We also collaborate on research and contribute to publishing papers on a variety of topics related to written and clinical examinations.

The research team attends conferences and meetings regularly contributing information and data. Below is a list of events attended by the team.

Event Heads of Examinations Conference – Sharing good practice
Event description    The conference is organised on an annual basis with the aim to provide a platform for discussion and networking for Royal Colleges’ representatives. Presentations on a number of areas including assessment fairness, methodology and patient input.
Date                             8 December, 2017 -  RCGP London
Research contribution A presentation from David Hope, researcher at University of Edinburgh on DIF analysis for MRCP(UK) Part 1 questions

Event

Annual European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA) ConferenceTransformative assessment - “Making the strategic use of assessment meaningful for learning”

Event description

EBMA was created to cross boundaries in assessment, recognising that in medical education, as in so many things, we are linked by our commonalities rather than our differences.

Date                          14-15 November 2017, Egmond aan Zee, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Research contribution Professor Chris McManus giving a presentation on identifying anomalies in medical assessments

Event                      BMA Medical training: Fair for all? Differential attainment in postgraduate training
Event description Presentation by Dr Kath Woolf and discussion about differential attainment and challenges presented by the ethnicity gap in medical education.
Date                             2 November, 2017 - London

Research

contribution

Dr Kath Woolf presenting her research on the ethnicity gap in medical education and what drives those differences.

Event                       Researching Medical Education Conference  - ASME
Event description

Researching Medical Education is a one-day conference for all those interested in medical or clinical education research
as an academic discipline.

The conference is designed and run by the Association for the Study of Medical Education. The day is structured into parallel sessions and led by internationally
renowned keynote speakers, there are discussion groups, research method workshops for new and more experienced researchers and a master class for those
studying for higher degrees.

Date 21-23 June, 2017 - Exeter
Research contribution A workshop was hosted by MRCP(UK), Imperial College and UCL representatives on the different designs of medical assessments
(“New directions in the format of knowledge-based examinations: challenging the consensus”).

Event                       The Council for European Specialists Medical Assessment – CESMA Conference
Event description  CESMA (Council of European Specialist Medical Assessment) has a role to promote harmonisation of European Board assessments, provide guidelines to
the Boards on the conduct of assessments, encourage take up of Board assessments as a quality mark and to offer an alternative to National assessments, where appropriate
Date 13 May, 2017 - Glasgow
Research contribution Andrew Elder, MRCP(UK) Medical Director, presentation: “MRCP(UK) Global examinations in medicine”.

Event                       Heads of Examinations Conference – Sharing good practice
Event description The conference is organised on an annual basis with the aim to provide a platform for discussion and networking for Royal Colleges’ representatives. Presentations
on a number of areas including assessment fairness, methodology and patient input.
Date 21 November, 2016 -  RCP London
Research contribution A presentation from Policy team on candidate and examiner conduct

Event                       Researching Medical Education Conference  - ASME
Event description

Researching Medical Education is a one-day conference for all those interested in medical or clinical education research as an academic discipline.


The conference is designed and run by the Association for the Study of Medical Education. The day is structured into parallel sessions and led by internationally
renowned keynote speakers, there are discussion groups, research method workshops for new and more experienced researchers and a master class for those
studying for higher degrees.

Date 16 November, 2016 - London
Research contribution Policy team representative networking with colleagues and presenting a summary of main pints to MRCP(UK) staff

Event                       Annual European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA) Conference:  Crossing boundaries
Event description

EBMA was created to cross boundaries in assessment, recognising that in medical education, as in so many things, we are linked by our commonalities rather than our differences

Date 14-15 October 2016, Exeter, UK
Research contribution Three posters based on our research on examination fairness, differential attainment and examiners bias