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Surgeon. 2011;9 Suppl 1:S43-4. doi: 10.1016/j.surge.2010.11.016. Epub 2011 Feb 18.

Evaluation matters: lessons learned on the evaluation of surgical teaching.

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Education Evaluation, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.


The traditional system of academic promotion and tenure can make it difficult to reward those who excel at surgical teaching. A successful faculty evaluation process can provide the objective measures of teaching performance needed for performance appraisals and promotion decisions. Over the course of two decades, an extensive faculty evaluation process has been developed in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. This paper presents some of the non-psychometric characteristics of that system. Faculty awareness of the evaluation process, the consistency of its application, trainee anonymity and the materiality of the results are described key factors of a faculty evaluation system that meets the assessment needs of individual teachers and raises the profile of teaching in surgical departments.

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