Your feedback to faculty who lecture in a course or facilitate a small group is essential. Your comments help faculty improve their teaching as well as maintain effective teaching. Faculty must teach to be promoted, and their evaluations are considered by their Chair in annual reviews. Most faculty enjoy teaching students, and for them your feedback is its own reward! Please use this opportunity to recognize their effort and improve medical education here.
Who is required to complete an evaluation?
All students are required to complete evaluation surveys of blocks, lecturers, small group facilitators, and sessions in PBL, MSA, Tracks and Foundations.
Classes are randomized into two groups: One group will complete evaluations for the Essentials Core block (Human Body, Nervous System Block, etc.) and the other group will evaluate the Longitudinal Core Curriculum (Foundations of Doctoring, Threads, MSA).
At the end of each block, the groups will switch responsibilities. For example, if you were evaluating an Essential Core Block in the previous period, you will now be responsible for evaluating sessions that are part of the Longitudinal Core.
In addition to your assigned responsibilities, all students will be responsible for evaluating PBL sessions and facilitators at the end of Phase I and Phase II. There may be other questionnaires as well.
A group of randomly selected students will be required to participate in a focus group at the end of Phases I and II. If you are assigned to this focus group, you will be notified prior to ICC 7001. Over your first two years of medical school, you will be required to participate in one focus group.
When can I complete my evaluation requirement?
You will be notified by email when evaluation surveys are open and when focus groups are scheduled. Evaluations are released each Saturday. Evaluations are open for 10 business (school) days following the first Friday after the block ends. For example:
Lecturers are usually evaluated after they give their last lecture for that block. This evaluation is released on the first Saturday following their last lecture.
Small group facilitators are usually evaluated after the faculty member completes teaching small groups in a block, and these are also released on the first Saturday following the small group session.
Block or session evaluations are released the first Saturday of the Block. These evaluations open early so that students can jot down their thoughts about an event in “real time” rather than waiting until the end of the block. Students can continue to write to their evaluation using the “Save for Later” function.
To fulfill your evaluation requirement, however, you need to “submit” your evaluations rather than “save for later.” At present, there is no automatic submit process. This means that by the close date, you must “submit” (rather than “save for later” any evaluation, otherwise you will not fulfilled your evaluation requirement.
What happens if I don’t meet my evaluation requirement?
Students who fail to complete assigned evaluations in the allotted time will be reported to the Assistant Dean, Essentials Core, with the following process:
First Time: Meet with the Assistant Dean and discuss the importance of student feedback and student responsibility to participate in evaluation as an aspect of professionalism. The Dean will reiterate the course evaluation policy and the consequence for failing to meet this professionalism requirement.
Second Time: Meet with the Assistant Dean, who will file a Professionalism Feedback Form in your academic file and discuss ways to meet the evaluation requirement.
Third Time: Meet with the Assistant Dean, who will file a second Professionalism Feedback Form. As per the Professionalism Committee Process, the Committee will review the repeated instance of unprofessional behavior and recommend next steps.
Evaluation Office Orientation Presentation