Why Evaluate?

Why do I have to complete my course/clerkship evaluations?

We ask that all students complete all course and clerkship evaluations as part of their professional responsibility for improving the medical school. The information from the evaluations is a critical component in reviewing and revising the courses and clerkships each year. The data provided is used to make recommendations both by and to the Course Directors. In 2011-2012 students who do not complete evaluations will be designated as non-respondents and will be contacted one time once their name is added to the list to inform them they have not complied with the expected professional obligation.

What do you do with the aggregated course/clerkship evaluation data?

We expect students to comply with their professional responsibility by completing all course and clerkship evaluations. Examples of improvements that came directly from student feedback:

  • Courses are incorporating more self-assessment tools, e.g. clickers, quizzes, etc.
  • Faculty have improved course content, delivery, and formatting based on students' recommendations.
  • We implemented an exam week where courses may assess students, but may not deliver new content.
  • We have made changes in every course since last year.

How does the Medical School use my evaluations to improve educational quality?

The Medical School conducts ongoing evaluations of courses and clerkships via CoursEval for years one and two, and E*Value for clinical clerkships and electives. Since 2008, we have used classroom evaluation cards (paper and electronic formats) for ongoing feedback on year one and two courses. In addition, LEAD representatives provide information systematically and in real-time on each of the courses. Information gathered from all these and other sources are provided to course directors in a series of debrief meetings, are used to inform recommendations and commendations in each of the courses, are used in the course summaries that are presented to the appropriate committees, and are used to inform the ACE group (Assessment, Curriculum and Evaluation) for continuous quality improvement.

If you have concerns about the organization of, or expectations in, a course or clerkship, the first person to contact is the course or clerkship director.