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The Power of MyProgress Analytics

Workplace-based assessments (WBAs) are an integral part of medical education. These assessments are designed to evaluate the competencies and skills of medical trainees in a real-life clinical environment. WBAs provide a comprehensive evaluation of a trainee's performance and progress throughout their medical training. 

There are several types of workplace-based assessments used in medicine education. These assessments include: 

  • Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS)
    DOPS involves a senior clinician directly observing a student while they perform specific clinical procedures. The observer assesses the student's technique, communication skills, professionalism, and overall competence. 

  • Mini Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX)
    Mini-CEX is a brief assessment where a supervisor evaluates a student's clinical encounter with a patient. It focuses on communication skills, history-taking, physical examination, clinical reasoning, and professionalism.

  • Case-based Discussion (CbD)
    CbD involves a student discussing and presenting a clinical case with a supervisor. The supervisor assesses the student's clinical knowledge, reasoning, and decision-making abilities.

  • Multisource Feedback (MSF)
    MSF involves gathering feedback from various individuals who have worked with the student, such as colleagues, nurses, and patients. It assesses the student's professionalism, communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.

  • Clinical Supervisors' Reports (CSR)
    CSRs are written reports provided by clinical supervisors, summarising a student's performance and progress. These reports often cover clinical skills, knowledge, attitudes, and overall professionalism.

  • Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA)
    EPAs enable members of the clinical team to make competency-based decisions on the level of supervision required by students. A typical supervision level might range from ‘observed’ to ‘able to teach others’ via ‘direct’ and ‘indirect supervision’, and finally ‘independent’.

These and other workplace-based assessments play a vital role in ensuring the quality of medical education in the UK. They provide valuable feedback to students, help identify areas for improvement, and contribute to their overall development as competent healthcare professionals. 

MyProgress is a workplace-based assessment tool which enables AEIs to evaluate and monitor a student's progress using these assessments over a period of time. These assessments collectively provide a comprehensive evaluation of a student's clinical performance. MyProgress can support any workplace-based assessment and includes the ability to author your own forms.  

MyProgress comes with a standard analytics dashboard, but there is also the option to upgrade to a customised dashboard. 

The standard analytics dashboard shows engagement at programme level, and gives practice educators and faculty staff instant visibility of trainee progress and unlocks actionable insights; if a trainee is struggling, training and support can be tailored accordingly. This has also proven to help reduce attrition rates. 

MyProgress Analytics

Some AEIs prefer a more tailormade solution for the analytics available to practice educators and faculty staff and opt for a customised dashboard. This functionality is powered by MyProgress integrating with Power BI, an interactive data visualisation software product developed by Microsoft. The way this data is visualised is up to you. To get an idea of the kind of dashboard an AEI can create with a customised dashboard, here is an example. 

Western Sydney University (WSU) use a customised MyProgress dashboard to visualise student progression using EPAs. This enables WSU faculty staff to measure workplace-based assessments with an entrustability scale. At a glance, staff can see real-time progress of a cohort of students, how many need close or distant supervision, and how many are safe to practice independently. They can also view individual student progress. They can zoom in on individual clinical schools, filter by dimensions such as case complexity, and see how students are performing against a cohort benchmark.  

MyProgress Analytics

MyKnowledgeMap’s MyProgress e-portfolio and assessment solution is now used by approximately 50% of UK Nursing students, and an increasing number in Australia, Singapore, USA and Europe. It is also the supplier to the UK General Medical Council for their PLAB examinations including the OSCE.         

The MyProgress solution has won various international awards and in 2020 was shortlisted by the Times Higher Education Supplement for “Digital Innovation of the Year”.    

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