Doctoral Report Award Joint Winner - Damian Castanelli

Damian Castanelli

Damian Castanelli, a paediatric anaesthetist at Monash Children’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Fellow University of Melbourne, recently won joint first prize in the Association for Medical Education in Europe PhD/Doctoral Awards for his PhD thesis. The winner is selected from health professions education theses submitted from all over the world. See:

Doctoral Report Award presentation Damian's thesis, titled “How can assessment for learning meaningfully contribute to programmatic assessment?” and supervised by Professor Margaret Bearman at Deakin University and Professor Elizabeth Molloy at the University of Melbourne, shows that a trusting relationship between supervisors and trainees can encourage trainees to use workplace-based assessments for learning instead of just ticking the box. Supervisors have a lot of power, which isn't always acknowledged, and this can make trainees reticent to risk the supervisor finding out what they don't know or can't do. Supervisors who focus on their coaching role and look for learning opportunities rather than deficiencies in trainee performance can give trainees the confidence to focus on learning in their assessments.

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