Professor David Swanson Honorary Professor in Medical Education

Professor David Swanson Vice-President of Academic Programs and Services for the American Board of Medical Specialities visited the MMS Department of Medical Education in March.  He has worked at the American National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) for more than 25 years.  He is a past recipient of the esteemed Richard Farrow Gold medal, presented by the Association for the Study of Medical Education in the United Kingdom for outstanding contributions to medical education.  In 2014, he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Swanson has an honorary professional appointment at the University of Melbourne.

This was Professor Swanson’s fourth visit to the Department of Medical Education (DME) and he will continue to work on a number of projects related to assessment.   During his week at the Department he undertook collaborative work with various members of the assessment team and presented to E.X.C.I.T.E (Excellence in Clinical Teaching) program students.  He has been widely published on a variety of topics including:

Assessment of medical decision-making

Written and computer-based clinical simulations

Assessment of clinical skills with real and standardised patients

Patterns of performance on admission

Licensure and certification examinations