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Kitt Shaffer

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Dr. Kitt Shaffer earned her MD from Tufts University, her Anatomy PhD from Kansas University, and is currently Vice-Chair for Radiology Education at Boston Medical Center. She is the recipient of numerous educational awards including the Stauffer and Whitley Awards of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR), the Faculty Prize for Teaching at Harvard Medical School, Outstanding Educator of the Year for the Radiologic Society of North America, and most recently in 2016 she was named Educator of the Year by the AUR. She collaborated with Dr. Petra Lewis in development of national curricular guidelines for medical students in Radiology and is a co-founder with Dr. Angelisa Paladin of the Clinician Educator Development Program of the American Roentgen Ray Society, a national program to train radiologists as educators. 

The Multiple Choice Conundrum

For anyone who has ever written multiple choice questions, or taken a multiple choice exam (which includes basically everyone on the planet who can read), the limitations of this type of test are pretty obvious. In fact, if you look into the history of the multiple choice question (MCQ) format, it is interesting to learn that it was never meant to become our only standardized test method. It was invented to test potential military recruits for intelligence, but was later discarded when it was found not to be reliable. The uses we now put MCQ tests to are staggering.

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Gregg Wells

MCQs have roles in the future ...

MCQs should not retire, but they need to stay employed with tasks for which they are best suited. MCQs help a student devel... Read More
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