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Integrating Cultural Humility and Mindfulness in Test Item Writing

Event Details

Date

Jan 20-27, 2022

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Location

This is a virtual workshop and will take place via Zoom.

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Test item writing is critical to the development of appropriate student assessment; however, it can be a difficult task. It is important to ensure that test items are culturally responsible with clinical vignettes inclusive and reflective of the patients that students will be called upon to treat and to reduce test-item bias that may contribute to an unfair test. The manner in which race, ethnicity, culture, and identity are used in the construction of test items may introduce unconscious bias along with other test-related bias such item-selection bias, reinforcing hidden curricula that perpetuate bias in medical practice.

This two-session interactive virtual workshop will equip educators to write test items that minimize bias by using best practices for developing culturally mindful test items. Participants will practice the process of peer review to identify and correct bias in test items in small collaborative groups. This will promote test-taker success, inclusive test item writing, and advance the careers of all attendees by helping to reduce unconscious bias that can lead to systemic racism and negative outcomes.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain how unconscious bias is manifested in test item writing. 
  • Differentiate between culturally appropriate and inappropriate content when writing test items. 
  • Practice the process of peer review of test items. 
  • Reconstruct test items to mitigate bias. 

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Schedule: Two weekly 90-minute virtual sessions. Attendees will participate in both sessions.

  • January 20, 2022 at 3-4:30 PM Eastern Time.  
  • January 27, 2022 at 3-4:30 PM Eastern Time.

CME: This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 3 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 1/20/2022 to 1/27/2022. AAPA reference number: CME-203975.

Registration Fees

Registration/cancellation deadline: January 11, 2022

This event is for all PAEA members. If you are unsure whether you are a member, please email us at membership@PAEAonline.org as soon as possible.

MEMBER PRICE

$99*

* Early bird registration deadline: December 14, 2021

Member registration after December 14, 2021: $149

Facilitators

  • Denise Rizzolo
  • Emily Yunker
  • Jacqueline Barnett
  • Kim Cavanagh
  • Olivia Ziegler

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

Yes, please refer to the workshop descriptions for the specific registration deadline for each workshop.

Before you begin the registration process, please make sure that you have your NCCPA ID number and ZIP code associated with the NCCPA account (if applicable) to successfully complete the registration. If you do not have an NCCPA ID number, you can still register for the workshops, but you won’t be able to claim CME credits.

No, we recommend that you register yourself for the workshop. Some workshops require you to answer questions during the registration process. These questions are intended to provide the facilitator(s) with information to enhance your workshop experience, such as particular learning goals for the workshop. Since the answers to these questions are unique to you, please register yourself so that you can provide the most helpful answers to these questions.

Yes, and there is no additional charge to do transfer your registration. Please email us with your name, email and program name, and the name, email, NCCPA ID/ZIP code associated with the NCCPA ID (if applicable) of the person to whom you are transferring your registration.

There is a 10% administrative fee if you cancel your registration before the stated cancellation deadline for the workshop. Cancellation requests received after the deadline will not receive a refund. “No shows” will be charged the full registration amount. Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the workshop date. Please refer to the full cancellation information in our Workshop Policies section.

If you wish to change or add a workshop or cancel,or have any questions, please email us at workshops@PAEAonline.org.

Experience and Equipment

The workshop registration fee includes access to the online course materials and participation in live virtual sessions where you will engage with the facilitator(s) and your colleagues. Depending on the workshop, you will participate in a combination of presentations, large group discussions, breakout sessions, and interactive guided activities. To make the most of the interactive virtual sessions, attendees should plan to complete 30-60 minutes of pre-work prior of each weekly session.

Workshop materials will be shared via PAEA’s Digital Learning Hub and you will also have access to a dedicated Professional Learning Community for your workshop group. Find more information about the Digital Learning Hub. To access your account, please login or reset your password here.

You will need a desktop or laptop computer with internet access and a headset (or a microphone and speakers) to communicate with the facilitator(s) and your fellow workshop participants. You are also strongly encouraged to use a webcam during the workshop. Please note that it is not recommended to use a tablet or mobile device as this will limit your ability to fully participate.

Participants will use Zoom to join the live virtual workshop sessions. We recommend that you install Zoom on your desktop or laptop computer prior to the workshop. You can test your computer’s connection to Zoom at https://zoom.us/test. If you have any difficulty, please consult with your IT department for assistance setting up your computer.

PAEA encourages all PA faculty and staff to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accessibility accommodation or have questions about the physical or virtual access provided, please contact workshops@PAEAonline.org at the time of registration or at least one week in advance of the event.

CME and Attendance

Yes. Event organizers plan to apply for AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Please refer to the workshop descriptions for the specific CME information related to each workshop.

For live virtual workshops, active participation in all originally scheduled sessions of the program is mandatory to receive full CME credits. Active participation in live virtual workshop sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, and breakout sessions.

Certified PAs who meet the attendance policy requirements and complete the workshop evaluation survey will receive a certificate showing their CME credits after the workshop.

Policies

We understand that there may be circumstances that require you to change your plans. If this happens, here’s what you need to know:

  • PAEA encourages you to designate a substitute in your place if you cannot attend. Substitutions will be honored at any time up to the start of the workshop. No-shows are not eligible for refunds. To substitute one registrant for another, please email us at workshops@PAEAonline.org.
  • Cancellations must be received by email (workshops@PAEAonline.org) by the stated cancellation deadline for the workshop in order to receive a refund (minus a 10% administrative fee). Refunds will be processed within two weeks of the workshop start date.
  • No refunds will be issued for any reason for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.
  • If you need assistance, you can contact us at workshops@PAEAonline.org.

These policies apply to all registration types.

PAEA reserves the right to cancel any programming or session. In the unlikely event of cancellation of the workshop, PAEA will refund registration fees but is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses of any kind.

Facilitators and speakers are subject to change without notice.

PAEA Workshop attendance is intended for and limited to those directly involved in PA and/or medical education. Vendors and third-party representatives will be prohibited from attending any of the workshops. If a vendor or third-party representative registers for a workshop, PAEA reserves the right to cancel the registration without reimbursement of registration fees.

 

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Questions?

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about this workshop.