Objective: To develop a set of professional competence assessment tools, designed toevaluate core competency skills of pre-clinical dietetic students. Methods: Five tools were designedo assess clinical skills required in client management.(i) case study,(ii) diet and lifestyle history,(iii)anthropometry,(iv) nutrition care plan (v) diet/ lifestyle advice. The format of the PCAE simulates a realistic client case. Examination replicates standard outpatient consultation. Each of the 5 components (stations) examines level of attainment of the different clinical skills. Design: Two student groups participated: pre-intervention (n=88) and intervention (n=17). The intervention group had taken an additional intensive competency skills course. Results: All students passed the PCAE with overallmarks ranging from 50% (pass) to 83%. Of twelve students who failed one or more assessment tools, all were from the pre-intervention group. Overall, when the two student groups were compared, an improvement in performance of weaker students in the intervention group was found. In both groups there was a strong tendency for students who attained higher results for the case study, diet and lifestyle history and diet/lifestyle advice components to attain a correspondingly higher PCAE total.Conclusions: The PCAE is a valuable tool in assessment of professional competence in pre-clinical dietetic students. Positive results on the use of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), at early stage medical training suggest the benefit of early use of the PCAE in undergraduate dietetic education for development of more effective practitioners.LEARNING OUTCOME: The PCAE is a valuable tool in the assessment of professional competence in pre-clinical students.
|Title of host publication||Unknown Host Publication|
|Publisher||American Overseas Dietetic Association|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||To your health:Prevention, Wellness and Nutrition Intervention Across the Lifespan - Dublin, Ireland|
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …
|Conference||To your health:Prevention, Wellness and Nutrition Intervention Across the Lifespan|
|Period||1/01/06 → …|
Moloney, M., Kinsella, A., & McKevitt, A. (2006). Professional Competence Assessment Examination (PCAE) of Pre-Clinical Human Nutrition and Dietetics Students. In Unknown Host Publication American Overseas Dietetic Association.