Point of view: Competency-based assessment for the training of PhD students and early-career scientists
The training of PhD students and early-career scientists is largely an apprenticeship in which the trainee associates with an expert to become an independent scientist. But when is a PhD student ready to graduate, a postdoctoral scholar ready for an independent position, or an early-career scientist ready for advanced responsibilities? Research training by apprenticeship does not uniformly include a framework to assess if the trainee is equipped with the complex knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be a successful scientist in the 21st century. To address this problem, we propose competency-based assessment throughout the continuum of training to evaluate more objectively the development of PhD students and early-career scientists.
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- Emma Pewsey, eLife, United Kingdom
- Received: May 2, 2018
- Accepted: May 25, 2018
- Accepted Manuscript published: May 31, 2018 (version 1)
- Version of Record published: June 14, 2018 (version 2)
© 2018, Verderame et al.
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