Course and Teacher Evaluation

 

Overview

Medical students play an active role in the evaluation of teachers, learning events, courses, and the MD Program as a whole throughout their medical training. Requests to complete online evaluations in MedSIS are sent by e-mail.

Completing evaluation forms is not only an opportunity to provide feedback to the program or to teachers, but is also considered a professional responsibility of MD students.  Students should complete evaluation forms as soon as possible following a teacher interaction or learning event. Reflecting on the activity immediately helps to ensure that data is as valid as possible. 

Providing meaningful and actionable feedback is an integral part of a career in medicine, as physicians provide feedback to and receive feedback from their patients and colleagues. The MD Program takes evaluations seriously, and is committed to transparency regarding the evaluation process as well as publicizing the impact of student feedback. The MD Program Evaluation Committee has student membership and works with students to ensure an efficient and effective process. Please visit the Office of Assessment & Evaluation (OAE) webpage for regular updates and for information about Program Evaluation activities.

 

Course Evaluations

Course evaluation forms provide students an opportunity to communicate their feedback regarding teachers, lectures, seminars, and workshops.  The OAE analyzes all evaluation data and provides summary reports to course directors and program leadership shortly after the conclusion of each course. Course directors utilize evaluation data to create a report that is reviewed by the MD Program Curriculum Committee, and to propose data-informed changes in the course for the next academic year.  Evaluation data is reviewed on an ongoing basis, and wherever possible and advisable, curriculum leaders act on the data within the academic year. The OAE regularly reviews and refines course evaluation forms to improve their accessibility and usability.

 

Teacher Evaluations

Teacher evaluation forms provide students an opportunity to communicate their feedback regarding a specific interaction with a teacher, including faculty members, residents, and clinical fellows. Teacher evaluation forms are an important resource for teachers and the MD program as they inform faculty development activities, teaching awards, and promotion for faculty members. As future residents and physicians, medical students should view evaluation feedback as an important tool that will help them become more effective clinicians and teachers. 

The confidentiality of teacher evaluations is critical for ensuring candid feedback.  The identity of individual students who complete evaluations is confidential.  For this reason, a teacher will only receive evaluation reports if at least three students have submitted an evaluation form for the teacher.