This study shows that variability in learner assessment is dependent on the faculty's clinical skills. Should we only have our most skilled faculty evaluate our learners then? This study highlights the importance of faculty competencies in residency competency assessment.
Thinking about myself, I know that I usually give learners relatively high scores unless they are blatantly poor performers. I'm more of a "dove" than a "hawk". So, what does that say about me? Can I extrapolate that I'm not as clinically skilled as my peers? Wait, I'm offended by the implication...
Kogan JR, Hess BJ, Conforti LN, Holmboe ES. What drives faculty ratings of residents' clinical skills? The impact of faculty's own clinical skills. Academic Medicine. 2010, 85:S25-S28. PMID: 20881697