Feasibility of a Design of an Objective Framework for Internal Assessment of Post Graduates in Prosthodontics
Background and Objectives: Post Graduate Assessment in the Indian dental profession occurs only during the time of examination. There is no objective systematic record of evaluation conducted either in a formative or summative manner. Even if these records are present there is no weightage of internal assessment for evaluation of postgraduates. The study is intended to construct an objective framework with an appropriate curricular pattern for internal assessment for post graduates in prosthodontics specialty in dentistry. The model to be analysed for testing the feasibility of the model through an online focus group discussion involving the subject experts.
Material and Methods: Situation analysis was carried out with feedback obtained from the trainees, trainers of the post graduate programme in prosthodontics. The proposed design was then subject to an online Focus Group Discussion involving subject experts at a senior level with more than 10 years of post-graduate training in the field all over India.
Results: The inputs of the analysis was used to create a design of a curricular framework for post graduate prosthodontics and Crown & Bridge training programme. This had the scope of systematic objective formative and summative evaluation in four modules – Pre-clinical, Basic clinical, Advanced clinical and Master clinical. The curriculum spacing and guidelines for assessment and scoring pattern was outlined. The outcomes of the Focus Group Discussion was analyzed by thematic analysis based on the lead questions and results were interpreted with a narrative description.
Conclusion: The proposed tool was found to be feasible and acceptable with the minor modifications suggested from the focus group discussion.