Events Calendar

16 Sep
Cathedral
Event Type

Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students

University Unit
Department of Psychology
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Cognitive Brown Bag: Zachary Caddick, Graduate Student, Psychology

An Examination of the Foundational Science Behind Continuing Board Certification: A Literature Review

 

Abstract:

Physicians’ expertise and ability to keep up with changing evidence is central for positive patient health outcomes. One critical way that standards of care for physicians are evaluated is through medical board certification. Historically, certification has taken the form of a single-point-in-time exams, however there is a groundswell to shift towards more frequent, convenient, lower-stakes testing. In this pursuit, we conducted a literature review to examine important factors related to the maintenance of expert knowledge and have identified four themes. We found that 1) cognitive skills must be kept current, otherwise they will decline over time, 2) self-assessment of one’s own knowledge is not a reliably enough system to use on its own, 3) longitudinal testing can enhance learning and retention through retrieval practice, 4) and having consequences can motivate an individual to maintain their expertise. 

Dial-In Information

Please contact the Graduate Administrator, frs38@pitt.edu, for Zoom link. 

Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Cognitive Brown Bag: Zachary Caddick, Graduate Student, Psychology

An Examination of the Foundational Science Behind Continuing Board Certification: A Literature Review

 

Abstract:

Physicians’ expertise and ability to keep up with changing evidence is central for positive patient health outcomes. One critical way that standards of care for physicians are evaluated is through medical board certification. Historically, certification has taken the form of a single-point-in-time exams, however there is a groundswell to shift towards more frequent, convenient, lower-stakes testing. In this pursuit, we conducted a literature review to examine important factors related to the maintenance of expert knowledge and have identified four themes. We found that 1) cognitive skills must be kept current, otherwise they will decline over time, 2) self-assessment of one’s own knowledge is not a reliably enough system to use on its own, 3) longitudinal testing can enhance learning and retention through retrieval practice, 4) and having consequences can motivate an individual to maintain their expertise. 

Dial-In Information

Please contact the Graduate Administrator, frs38@pitt.edu, for Zoom link. 

Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Target Audience

Faculty, Graduate Students

University Unit
Department of Psychology