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MedEdPORTAL Publications and Georgia Regents University have partnered to bring you the Directory and Repository of Educational Assessment Measures (DREAM). 

DREAM’s mission is to achieve excellence in health sciences education by providing easy-to-locate, publically accessible information about assessment instruments to health science educators, educational researchers, and program/curriculum evaluators. Read More

DREAM is a collection within MedEdPORTAL Publications that provides need-to-know information about assessment instruments that have been studied in health sciences education.  The Collection contains a Critical Synthesis Package for each instrument featuring:

  1. a copy of the instrument;
  2. a peer-reviewed critical analysis highlighting how the instrument has been administered and reviewing the validity evidence related to responses on the instrument; and
  3. supplementary materials for administering the instrument, if available. 

Featured DREAM Publications

Jefferson Scale of Physician Lifelong Learning - The JeffSPLL and JeffSPLL-MS are 14 item, easy to administer, self-reported instruments with a validated three factor structure 1) Learning Beliefs and Motivation 2) Attention to Learning Opportunities 3) Technical Skills in Seeking Information

Patient-Practitioner Orientation Scale (PPOS) - The Patient-Practitioner Orientation Scale (PPOS) is a measure often used in health-communication research to assess for patient and provider beliefs regarding patient-centeredness

Study Interest Questionnaire (SIQ) - The SIQ is an 18 item survey tool intended to assess cognitive, emotional and value-related aspects of interest in learning about a specific topic or course.

Hypothesis-Driven Physical Examination (HDPE) - The Hypothesis-Driven Physical Exam (HDPE) is a method for assessing both students’ physical exam skills and their diagnostic reasoning around the physical exam.

Looking for even more resources?

MedEdPORTAL promotes the availability of the following assessment tools:

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Introducing the Index of Health Professions Education Assessment

Researchers from the DREAM team and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) have collaborated to catalogue instruments from an extensive systematic review of the assessment literature in medical education.  The IHPEA provides you with citations for studies in which assessment instruments have been used.  Instruments are sorted by competency and the availability of validity evidence.

Learn More About IHPEA and Search for Assessments by Competencies

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DREAM is a growing collection—new instruments are added frequently. Follow us on Twitter @MedEdPORTAL for updates.

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Educators with a background in assessment or health sciences education are needed to author critical analyses of validated measures.

Resources for Authors

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Resources for Developers

Have you developed an assessment tool that you would like included in DREAM?

Resources for Reviewers

If you are reviewing a submission that is part of the DREAM collection, please refer to the guidelines developed by the DREAM editorial board and staff.

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View a listing of frequently asked questions about DREAM.

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