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Programmatic assessment overview

What is Programmatic Assessment?

Programmatic Assessment (PA) is an integrated approach to assessment for learning. PA promotes the importance of learning through activities that are meaningful and relevant to you with regular feedback, as the best method for learning.

In PA different assessments are used, multiple assessors carry out the processes and information is triangulated to ascertain how you are performing and progressing through training. Assessment tools are purposefully chosen, to assess particular competencies at specified stages of training. Waiting until the college exams (i.e. the final summative exams) to ascertain competency is often too late in identifying learning needs. PA enables a process where earlier identification of learning gaps occurs.

In PA no one assessment alone must be passed. Information is collected at multiple points in time, then reviewed together to provide a ‘bigger picture’ of your overall performance. This provides a more meaningful overview as to how you are performing compared to the more traditional review utilizing singular assessment tools at any one point in time.

The intention of PA is to optimise:

  • the program’s learning function, benefiting you
  • the program’s decision-making function, benefitting you and GP Synergy
  • the curriculum’s quality-assurance function, benefitting the you, the training program and GP Synergy.

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