Constructing an Assessment Scale

January 15
Medical Sciences Building Basement, Room S-22
513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA


Special Topics Education Skills Series
Constructing an Assessment Scale

Led by:

Patricia O’Sullivan, EdD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Research and Development in Medical Education

H. Carrie Chen, MD, MSEd
Abraham Rudolph Endowed Chair in Pediatric Education
Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Do you wonder if you are accurately assessing the performance of learners? In this fun workshop, participants apply principles for developing a rating scale following a rigorous process. In the process participants review how to demonstrate evidence for the validity of the score from the rating scale, and how to identify common errors and problems with rating scales. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an assessment instrument.
  • Determine evidence of validity.
  • Describe sources of error that threaten validity and how to address them.


The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The UCSF School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of two AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Course No. MGR14075