Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Reed Williams

Reed Williams’ research and development efforts have focused on improving the quality of clinical performance assessment methods and on making assessment data useful for teaching and learning purposes. For a number of years his research and development efforts in medical education were directed toward developing and refining standardized patient technology for teaching, learning and assessment uses. He along with Howard Barrows and other SIU colleagues developed the first comprehensive clinical performance examination for senior medical students based on standardized patient technology. He was a contributor to the development of both the prototype NBME and ECFMG standardized patient examinations which subsequently led to implementation of the USMLE Clinical Skills examination as part of the licensure examination.

His recent research and development efforts have focused on determining the effectiveness of traditional clinical performance assessment methods and on developing and refining practical methods for addressing the various ACGME competencies. In 2006, he received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for significant contributions to the field of evaluation in medicine.