SOM Academic Affairs


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  • Assessment of Courses, Course Leaders and Students

    The SOM Office of Academic Affairs oversees the ongoing assessment of courses, course leaders, faculty, and students through its interactions with faculty and administrative personnel and its management of E*Value, the School of Medicine curriculum and evaluation tool.

    In the first and second years, narrative feedback and formative assessments are given to students in preclinical courses. Students also receive regular feedback about reliability, communication skills, interactions and other observed behavior from assigned preceptors in the course, Introduction to Clinical Medicine. Also in the first and second years, all students complete self and peer evaluations of professionalism, which are designed to measure many components of that trait, along with compassion, and respect for patients and individuals.

    In the third and fourth years, all students are evaluated using the standard Medical Student Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (MSCPE), which is administered through the E*Value system and available from any computer. The MSCPE includes not only categories that evaluate student education and performance associated with the areas of ethical behavior and human values, but also includes space for narrative comments. The information is collected from resident and faculty interactions with students, and reviewed by both clerkship directors and the SOM Office of Academic Affairs. Data is later extracted for use on the professionalism component of the each fourth year student’s Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).

    At the conclusion of each required course or clinical rotation, the Carl G. Evers, MD Society, a student-led honorary organization, also evaluates aspects of each medical school course. Students respond to questions regarding the overall course, textbooks, lectures, clinical presentations, and individual faculty members. Society members then prepare a report for each course. Concerns identified are carefully considered by the course directors, chairs, the associate dean for academic affairs, along with the Evaluation Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee, and changes are made as appropriate.

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