ECFVG proposals approved

Published on December 15, 2008
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The Executive Board approved two recommendations from the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. One action authorizes release of the results of the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination job analysis to member institutions of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges this March.

The ECFVG designed the online job analysis survey to seek information and validate basic and clinical sciences knowledge relevant for new graduates of AVMA-accredited schools. It was part of the developmental process for the new BCSE. More than 3,500 U.S. and Canadian veterinarians responded to the 2006 survey.

In July 2007, the BCSE became the third step of the four-step ECFVG certification program. To pass, graduates of schools not accredited by the AVMA must possess the knowledge expected of minimally competent new graduates of AVMA-accredited schools.

The commission believes the survey results and relevant statistical analyses will be useful to AAVMC member institutions as each school assesses its curriculum and determines how best to measure educational outcomes.

To create a single, program-wide fund for quality assurance activities, the board approved another ECFVG recommendation, to combine the existing Clinical Proficiency Examination Quality Assurance Program funds with the ECFVG QAP funds, beginning Jan. 1, 2008.

Combining the two accounts is in keeping with the intent of each, according to the commission. The AVMA auditors verified the financial feasibility of combining them, and AVMA legal counsel saw no legal impediments.