That’s a Good Question: 7 Steps to Improve the Test Questions You Write or Edit


Julianna Merten

Julianna Merten is the CEO of Chimeric Medical Communications, LLC. She began medical writing professionally in 2018 while working as a clinical pharmacist in stem cell transplant for Mayo Clinic. As a clinical pharmacist, she has published more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts later selected as oral presentations or posters at national meetings. During her tenure at Mayo Clinic, she served as chair of the Pharmacy Research Committee and as assistant program director for the Oncology Pharmacy Residency, where she taught residents to interpret clinical trials and assess the importance of the data. She also worked with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and American Society of health-systems Pharmacists as a content matter expert for their Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy Review Course. In this role, she taught faculty how to write better test questions and edited faculty questions. She has been teaching others to write better questions for more than a decade and is also an invited speaker on this topic for the 2023 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Annual Conference.


Session Synopsis: Many writers struggle with writing good questions, determining what content to test, and ensuring the questions are fair and unbiased. Questions that test the subject’s knowledge are critical for successful continuing medical education and training modules. This interactive roundtable will highlight 7 best practices for item writing and engage the audience in revising test questions to apply the principles.


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