Introduction: Given barriers to learner assessment in the authentic clinical environment, simulated patient encounters are gaining attention as a valuable opportunity for competency assessment across the health professions . Simulation-based assessments offer advantages over traditional methods by providing realistic clinical scenarios through which a range of technical, analytical, and communication skills can be demonstrated . However, simulation for the purpose of assessment represents a paradigm shift with unique challenges, including preservation of a safe learning environment, standardization across learners, and application of valid assessment tools . Our goal was to create an interactive workshop to equip educators with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct assessments in a simulated environment .
Methods: Participants engaged in a 90-minute workshop with large-group facilitated discussions and small-group activities for practical skill development . Facilitators guided attendees through a simulated grading exercise followed by in-depth analysis of three types of assessment tools . Participants designed a comprehensive simulation-based assessment encounter, including selection or creation of an assessment tool .
Results: We have led two iterations of this workshop, including an in-person format at an international conference and a virtual format at our institution during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a total of 93 participants . Survey responses indicated strong overall ratings and impactfulness of the workshop .
Discussion: Our workshop provides a practical, evidence-based framework to guide educators in the development of a simulation-based assessment program, including optimization of the environment, design of the simulated case, and utilization of meaningful, valid assessment tools.
Index: Assessment, Competency-Based Assessment, Faculty Development, Interprofessional Education, Simulation, Simulation Training