Faculty Development Series - Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions


Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4:00pm to 6:30pm


Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC) 306

Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions


Melanie Hoenig, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Renal Division| BIDMC
Barbara Cockrill, MD
Director Faculty Development |MD Program
Harvard Medical School
Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assessment using multiple choice questions is commonly used in medical education. MCQ tests are easy to administer, easy to grade, efficient and objective. However, writing effective MCQs is challenging and ineffectively written questions do not test higher level learning. During this workshop, participants will learn the principles of effective MCQ development and how to interpret data on question performance. Participants will compare MCQ to assessment with short answer questions and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these assessment tools.

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  1. Review options for written assessment
  2. Practice strategies to create effective multiple choice questions and short answer questions
  3. Interpret data regarding question performance
Accreditation Statement
The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

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