Linda Perkowski, PhD

Linda Perkowski, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus at a newly established medical school Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine. She works as an educational consultant to several existing and newly-formed medical schools on curriculum design, faculty development and accreditation. While at CMU, she served in the roles of Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Interim Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration. She previously held educational leadership roles at the University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Texas-Houston Medical School, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Her responsibilities included curriculum development and management, learner assessment, program evaluation, faculty development, educational research and strategic planning.

Informed self-assessment

Self-assessment is key to professional self-regulation. Unfortunately, research repeatedly demonstrates that our self-assessments are generally inaccurate in contrast to external measures of our performance. Informed self-assessment is defined as "a flexible, dynamic process of accessing, interpreting and responding to varied external and internal data." The key to this process is that self-assessment should not considered be an individual activity, but rather part of a pedagogical strategy that uses feedback from peers, teachers and other sources of information to help an individual improve.

At the end of the professional development byte, you will be able to:

  • Relate aspects of informed self-assessment to providing feedback to learners

Watch this professional development byte:


  1. Sargeant, J. et al. The Process and Dimensions of Informed Self-Assessment: A Conceptual Model. Academic Medicine. 2010;85:1212-1222

Dr. Perkowski has disclosed she has no relevant financial relationships.