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Self and peer assessment: strategies for the professional development of the physician

Rosângela Curvo Leite Domingues Eliana Amaral Angélica Maria Bicudo Zeferino About the authors

Many recent studies include self- and peer-assessment of medical students as a component in the final clerkship grades. For a long time the evaluation of the medical student depended exclusively on subjective faculty assessment. However, peer ratings have been pointed out as a good predictor of future professional performance. These ratings are consistent, reliable and provide information that is not measured by other traditional methods. Besides, self-assessment contributes to continued education and lifelong learning by helping students identify their own strengths and weaknesses. Although self- and peer-assessment are not routinely taught during the medical course this exercise represents a valuable intervention towards the professional development of the physician. Medical schools should therefore help students understand the basic principles of these educational strategies by offering appropriate training and institutional support including confidentialit y of information.

Self-assessment; Learnig; Peer Reviews

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