Designing Formative Assessments

March 12
UCSF Medical Sciences Building, Basement
513 Parnassus Avenue Room S-18, San Francisco CA


Special Topics Education Skills Series
Designing Formative Assessments

Led by:

Christy Kim Boscardin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Office of Medical Education

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

The current definition of formative assessment broadly includes all activities that instructors and learners undertake to get information that can be used diagnostically to alter teaching and learning. This workshop will introduce participants to the purpose and benefits of conducting formative assessment. The first half of the workshop will provide information on the latest research in formative assessment through examples. The second half of the workshop will provide resources for instructors on how to implement effective formative assessment strategies into their teaching.

During the workshop the participants will:

  • Listen to a lecture that provides definitions and examples related to current research in formative assessment;
  • Participate in a small group to select formative assessments and consider how they might implement them in their current teaching.

At the end of the workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and benefits of formative assessment;
  • Identify how to incorporate formative assessment strategies into their teaching.


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