(Section 3) 10 simple self-assessment strategies you can use every day

January 10, 2018 | Author: Royal College Staff

When we practice medicine, we never stop learning.

Sometimes we gravitate towards group and self-learning activities because they are fast, convenient and fit well in our busy schedules. The problem is, we attend and then we move on without really reflecting on our personal progress as a Fellow-in-practice.

The wonderful thing about self-assessment is that it leads to greater self-awareness and understanding of the effectiveness of our efforts. We can identify areas of strength and areas where we could potentially improve. We can reflect on what we have learned, and what we still need to learn. We can then make goals for future learning, based on areas where we need to make more progress.

10 simple self-assessment strategies

Beyond claiming MOC Program Section 3 credits for them, these activities can help you make reflection and self-improvement a more common part of your daily practice.

  1. Enroll in a self-assessment or simulation program
  2. Use your hospital’s 360-degree annual performance review
  3. Leverage your provincial regulatory body’s peer assessment
  4. Use performance metrics provided by your hospital or regional health authority
  5. Conduct a chart audit with feedback from a trusted colleague
  6. Try an eLearning module from the Canadian Medical Protective Association
  7. Use video to improve your consultation skills
  8. Team up with surgical colleague for direct observation
  9. Develop and circulate evaluation forms for your teaching and presentations
  10. Get patient feedback with a communication guide


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