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Acad Med. 2007 Oct;82(10 Suppl):S30-3.

Medical student evaluation of faculty in student-preceptor pairs.

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Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, 1200 East Broad Street, Box 980311, Richmond, VA 23298-9311, USA. rwillett@mcvh-vcu.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Students' willingness to provide candid feedback about faculty in student-preceptor pairs is unknown. Strategies addressing this in U.S. medical schools have not been reported. This study describes student comfort in evaluating preceptors and how medical schools obtain/use evaluations of preceptors.

METHOD:

First- and second-year medical students at Virginia Commonwealth University completed a survey at midyear and year end. A Web-based survey of U.S. medical schools was conducted.

RESULTS:

Two hundred eighty-two (78%) students and 84 (70%) medical schools responded. Most students felt comfortable providing feedback to program faculty (95%), whereas fewer felt comfortable with the preceptor (77%). Students commented on both the importance and awkwardness of giving feedback. Approximately 75% of medical schools agreed that lack of anonymity limits student candor on preceptorship evaluations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Understanding the impact of one-to-one ratio on student evaluations of faculty may enable programs to develop more effective evaluation strategies.

PMID:
17895684
DOI:
10.1097/ACM.0b013e318141f575
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