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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 253-258

Internal assessment for medical graduates in India: Concept and application

1 Department of Pharmacology and Medical Education, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
2 Department of Pediatrics and Medical Education, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Dinesh Kumar Badyal
Department of Pharmacology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana - 141 008, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cjhr.cjhr_74_18

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Assessment in an undergraduate medical course in India comprises of university assessment and internal assessment (IA). IA is a continuous form of assessment based on day-to-day activities and performance during the course. A specified IA is a criterion to appear in university examinations. The concepts in IA need clarification so that there is uniformity as per the Medical Council of India guidelines for IA. The logistic of scheduling various tests in undergraduate courses and the calculation of IA based on marks and subjective assessment needs to be done properly as it is being subjected to scrutiny by students as well as by law. Clarification of concepts, its revisions, and an Excel module can be useful in designing IA in a department, maintaining proper records, and making it easier to calculate it. Our designed module takes care of calculations automatically after marks are entered. The appropriate use of IA for providing feedback and remedial measure can be a great link in using assessment for learning.

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