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Cureus. 2017 May 4;9(5):e1224. doi: 10.7759/cureus.1224.

Curated Collections for Educators: Five Key Papers about Program Evaluation.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush University Medical Center.
Emergency Medicine, University of California at Irvine.
Emergency Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine.
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine At Peoria.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Universidad San Sebastián.
Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University.
Faculty of Health Sciences, Division of Emergency Medicine, McMaster University.


The evaluation of educational programs has become an expected part of medical education. At some point, all medical educators will need to critically evaluate the programs that they deliver. However, the evaluation of educational programs requires a very different skillset than teaching. In this article, we aim to identify and summarize key papers that would be helpful for faculty members interested in exploring program evaluation. In November of 2016, the 2015-2016 Academic life in emergency medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator program highlighted key papers in a discussion of program evaluation. This list of papers was augmented with suggestions by guest experts and by an open call on Twitter. This resulted in a list of 30 papers on program evaluation. Our authorship group then engaged in a process akin to a Delphi study to build consensus on the most important papers about program evaluation for medical education faculty. We present our group's top five most highly rated papers on program evaluation. We also summarize these papers with respect to their relevance to junior medical education faculty members and faculty developers. Program evaluation is challenging. The described papers will be informative for junior faculty members as they aim to design literature-informed evaluations for their educational programs.


curated collection; medical education; program evaluation

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The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

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