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Advocating introduction of programmatic assessment in post graduation courses in India: A neglected dimension


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava,
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_325_19

Programmatic assessment has been advocated in the field of medical education as it advocates for the continuous collection and analysis of the findings of the formal assessments with a solitary intention to improve the learning and enable the teachers to take an evidence-based high-stakes decision. In most of the postgraduation courses, there are no exams in the 3 years duration of the course and finally, at the end of the course, a summative assessment is conducted, which defines the fate of the students. This is regardless of the fact of how a student has been professionally in the entire course period, and it is very much possible that a deserving candidate might not pass due to a wide range of factors related to students, examiners, and pattern of examination, etc. In conclusion, the introduction of programmatic assessment in postgraduate courses is the need of the hour to neutralize all the subjectivity and unorganized assessments which is prevailing at present. The concept of programmatic assessment can very much justify the process of certification of a student by ensuring that all the core competencies are acquired by the student.


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