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Network activities


Workshop 1 (York 13th-14th February 2017) : Widening Access to the Professions; experience from medical selection

Description: This event brought together experts to clarify the lessons learned from several decades of experience in attempting to widen access to under-represented groups in medicine. This included work on understanding how widening access may be conceptualised and implemented within a global context. 

The following talks were presented :

Workshop 2 (Sydney 24th-25th July 2017): Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs); optimising design and role in selection

Description: SJTs present a series of scenarios that challenge professional judgment and related questions for a candidate to respond to (e.g. the best action must be selected). SJTs are being increasingly used in high stakes selection situations. They also show potential as a tool for widening access and for evaluating and improving cultural competence. However, there is currently no consensus on how the tests should be best designed, scored and used in selection.

The following talks were presented:

  • Design of SJTs for measuring Emotional Intelligence, Carolyn MacCann, The University of Sydney (DREAMS2_MacCann (PDF , 1,157kb)
  • Developing an SJT for medical selection at the University of Cape Town (Faculty of Health Sciences) to predict an expanded criterion domain: Charting a course and ‘setting the sails’ Francois De Kock, University of Cape Town (DREAMS2_deKock (PDF , 1,945kb)
  • Design of CJTs for in course assessment, Narelle Shadbolt and Chris Roberts, Sydney Medical School (DREAMS2_Shadbolt_Roberts (PDF , 1,160kb)
  • Design and use of video stimulus for selection testing, Kelly Dore, McMaster University 
  • Overview of principles and practice of IRT, Paul Tiffin and Lewis Paton, University of York
  • Impact of scoring systems on SJT reliability and impact on candidate selection, Wendy de Leng, Erasmus MC (DREAMS2_deLeng (PDF , 1,298kb)
  • IRT for modelling SJT responses, Paul Tiffin, University of York
  • Optimising SJTs in practice for staff selection, Ceylan Cizmeli, United Nations 
  • Development and implementation of SJTs for health sciences selection – preliminary findings and current challenges, Margaret Hay, Monash University (DREAMS2_Hay (PDF , 1,955kb)
  • Modelling of SJTs for medical school selection and measuring in course professional development, Deborah O’Mara and Imogene Rothnie, Sydney Medical School (DREAMS2_OMara_Rothnie (PDF , 1,016kb)

Workshop 3 (York 4th-5th December 2017): The economics of workforce selection

Description: This event brought together methodologists from health economics, workforce scientists and educationalists to clarify the main direct and indirect costs and benefits in healthcare selection and develop and extend frameworks for evaluating these

The following talks were presented:


Exchange visits:

  • Ghent University/University of York (Lazaro Mwakesi): Develop an understanding and extend of pareto-optimal models of selection. 
  • University of Leeds/University of York (Lewis Paton): Develop further methodological expertise in numerical simulation.
  • United Nations/University of York (Charlotte Renwick): Develop conceptualisation of the economic and social impact of selection approaches within the context of low and middle income countries.
  • University of York/University of Sydney (Indako Clarke): understand approaches to managing and analysing big data relating to selection and consider how certain undesirable traits (e.g. self-handicapping and narcissism) could be identified using SJTs at selection.
  • University of Western Australia/University of York (Paul Tiffin and Lewis Paton): collaborate on how medical selection measures such as the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test  (UMAT) and Graduate Medical Sciences Admissions Test (GAMSAT) can be further developed and validated, feeding into the revisions and online implementation planned by 2019.
  • University of Sydney/University of York (Paul Tiffin and Lewis Paton): explore the further development of SJTs within Australian medical selection, specifically considering how the measurement of additional concepts such as emotional intelligence can be incorporated.