Programs Coming Together: Using ExamSoft to assess interprofessional education (IPE) opportunities - April 26th, 2018

March 19, 2018 Jacob Catalano
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Date/Time: April 26th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET
Speaker: Carla D. Hernandez, Assessment Coordinator, and Anthony C. Marziliano, Associate Director of Assessment, and Marc E. Gillespie, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, St. John's University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Professional health science programs must now explicitly identify interprofessional education (IPE) activities that provide unique opportunities for student-to-student engagement. Offering IPE activities is essential to advance education in these fields. We actively identify IPE possibilities and a methodology to assess them using ExamSoft’s categorization system. Our faculty are content experts and are in the best position to categorize test-items with national exam blueprints, the essential hierarchical ontologies that drive programs. Blueprints contain goals, outcomes, knowledge domains, professional skills and attributes often required for proficiency in specific health care professions. Mapping between different program blueprints allows the College to identify parts of the curriculum that are shared between programs and are ideal targets for IPE efforts. We provide worked examples where we observed overlapping terms that serve as an impetus for faculty and administrators to capitalize, creating IPE opportunities. By the very nature of this activity, overlapping terms are associated with test items that can be used to establish a pre-IPE activity baseline, as well as, assess the IPE activity itself. Synergistic assessment of shared goals and outcomes (using ExamSoft categories) helps us prepare our students to be outstanding health care professionals in the 21st century.


Presented by: Carla D. Hernandez is an Assessment Coordinator with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University. As part of the College’s Office of Assessment, she supports all ongoing assessment efforts. Research interests focus on higher education assessment and analyses of student learning. As a Key Administrator, she also manages all computer-based testing operations on behalf of the College. Carla also serves as an Examsoft Client Ambassador. She earned a Master of Science degree in School Counseling at Long Island University in 2012.

Anthony C. Marziliano is Associate Director for assessment in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John’s University. Along with managing the college's assessment workflow, his research includes higher education assessment, qualitative methods for improved student learning, goal achievement and outcomes, and quantitative statistical analysis of student learning. Anthony regularly presents on assessment at national accreditation meetings and professional conferences. He holds a Master of Science degree in Adolescent Education (St. John’s University, 2013) and an Advanced Certificate in Instructional Leadership (St Johns’ University, 2017).

Professor Marc E. Gillespie is a bioinformatacist and molecular biologist holding a Ph.D. in Oncological Sciences (University of Utah, 1998). He has chaired the College Committee on Assessment and Outcomes developing statistical approaches to assessment data analysis, accreditation, program development, and institutional core curriculum assessment. He worked on and led Institutional Middle States self-study committees, Pharmacy accreditation and self-study, and University Strategic Priorities Review Teams. He chairs the Institutional Biosafety Committee, has served as Interim director for the Institute for Biotechnology and is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research.

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