284. Competency-Based Education: An Innovative Approach to Assessment

Sunday, October 21
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: 145 AB
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 141029

The University of Southern Mississippi and Morrison Healthcare Dietetic Internship engaged in a research project to measure the achievement of interns’ competence and compare new assessment methods against traditional methods of performance evaluation. During the session, speakers will share the results of a case study involving 65 dietetic interns and affiliated preceptors who pilot-tested three different competency-based education (CBE) assessment methods, including a behavior-based interview and two capstone evaluations. An online portal tracked both formative and summative assessment strategies to assess the interns’ development of the required competencies. The presenters will share the formative and summative assessments, methodologies used to develop the tools, and results of focus groups aimed at assessing preceptor and intern perceptions of the tools and the online portal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the difference between formative and summative feedback in a CBE model.
  • Explain alternative approaches to assessing student/intern competence.
  • Demonstrate the importance of tracking and reporting student/intern outcomes.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6030 – Education theories and techniques for adults
  • 3010 – Assessment methodology
  • 1065 – Informatics

Performance Indicator:

  • 10.5.1 Uses a systematic approach to record keeping.
  • 6.1.4 Collects qualitative and quantitative data using mixed methodologies and interprets information.
  • 9.4.8 Evaluates the impact of the individuals learning and new knowledge and skills.


  • Roxanne Kingston, MS, RD

    Dietetic Internship Director

    The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Elaine Molaison, PhD, RD

    Department Chair and Professor

    The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Karen Smith, MS, MBA, RD, LD, FADA


    Morrison Mgmt Specialists

  • Leanne Worsfold, RPN

    Director, Quality Programs

    IComp Consulting, Inc.