Dale Krams, Director of Evaluation
The Evaluation Team uses sophisticated statistical techniques to study educational program outcomes. The School of Medicine uses one45 to conduct and track evaluations of students throughout the entirety of their medical school career.
What is the student course evaluation system?
Since 1986, the SOM has asked students to evaluate the effectiveness of each of the required courses/clerkships/selectives. More recently, the electives were added to the process, as well as evaluation of clinical and preclinical faculty, residents and other instructors. The system permits review of all courses to ensure that opportunities for improvement are identified and that successful endeavors are recognized.
All surveys for required courses are administered electronically. This has resulted in more efficient analyses and reporting. To promote continuous improvement within and across courses, quantitative and qualitative data are provided to all course directors and senior administrators responsible for managing and guiding the curriculum.
Why do students evaluate courses?
As consumers of the curriculum, students' perspectives on the effectiveness of courses are important. The SOM System elicits this information upon completion of each required course; this feedback allows the SOM and course directors to ascertain whether the course was successfully administered, whether there are aspects of a course that need improvement or are deserving of praise. Over the years, student evaluations of courses have provided impetus for the examination and modification of courses. [read more...]
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