Longitudinal assessment (LA) involves the regular, spaced delivery of a limited number of questions on practice relevant content on a computer or mobile internet platform. Depending on the platform, participants may indicate relevance of the content to their practice and confidence in their answer prior to receiving immediate feedback (including critiques) on each question. Individual dashboards may be included to assist participants in tracking progress and identifying areas of strength and weaknesss across a content blueprint. This paper provides an overview of the theoretical underpinnings underlying LA programs, briefly describes current uses of LA in medicine and suggests areas for evaluating the role of LA in continuing medical specialty certification and continuing professional development.
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