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Item Writing: Part 2 – Practical Application

Part 2 of the Item Writing Webinar Series, presented by the CHEST Educator Development Subcommittee, focuses on the practical application of the principles covered in Item Writing Part 1 – The Basics. Review examples of well-constructed items, and practice identifying and correcting flaws in items that require improvement with faculty experts Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, and Bhavin Dalal, MD, FCCP. 

Learning objectives

  • Write an effective test item
  • List two types of structural flaws when writing an item
  • Effectively review a submitted item

Watch part 1 of the webinar »


Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, has extensive experience in test writing and test development for both in-service and high-stakes examinations, skills honed through his years of experience as a member of several examination groups within the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), the organization responsible for the development of certification tests for respiratory therapists. He practices pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in Western Pennsylvania.

Bhavin Dalal, MD, FCCP, is a respiratory course co-director for M1 students and the Associate Program Director for the Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship at Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine in Michigan. He is regularly immersed in question writing for final exams, midterm exams, and weekly quizzes and serves on OUWB’s Question Review Committee. He has repeatedly received awards for his teaching and clinical education.


Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP


Bhavin Dalal, MD, FCCP