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Multisource Feedback (360 – degree evaluations)

Do you ever want to be able to evaluate an Intern/Resident or Fellow in the Department of Medicine, but don’t know how to do so? Well, you have the opportunity to do just that! The Department of Medicine uses 360 surveys to collect feedback on Interns/Residents and Fellows from multi-source evaluators.

Who uses these evaluations?

The evaluator pool consists of:

  • Nurses – can be located on wards or in the clinic
  • Peers – Students, Interns, Residents, or Fellows
  • Administrative Staff – Office staff or clinic front desk personnel
  • Other Health Professionals – pharmacists, case managers, social workers, patient care techs
  • Faculty – Faculty that do not regularly provide feedback on a member of the housestaff
  • Patients

What are the benefits to the program and to you?

  • Your feedback is completely anonymous
  • We have a varied evaluator pool
  • The data gathered can be used to provide a different perspective not found in traditional evaluations
  • It is easily accessible
  • Everyone has the chance to evaluate a housestaff member

Where can I find them?

The link to our evaluation is: http://tinyurl.com/intmed360. All you have to do is pick the name of the housestaff member (separated by division), and complete the evaluation.

The patient surveys are done on paper. These surveys are completely anonymous and are completed by the patient at the end of their visit. These surveys are handed out by the clinic front desks or nurses and are collected and returned to the Program Coordinator.

When do I use them?

This link is active at all times and can be utilized at any time. The Fellowship Programs solicit 360 feedback twice a year in September and March.

Why do we use 360’s?

Per the ACGME, the program must assess resident performance in the following:

  • V.A.1.b).(1).(d).(i) communication with patient and family,
  • V.A.1.b).(1).(d).(ii) teamwork, and
  • V.A.1.b).(1).(d).(iii) communication with peers, including transitions in care

Assessment must include both direct observation and multi-source evaluation (including at least patients, peers and non-physician team members).

Now that everyone is aware of this evaluation tool, please feel free to click on http://tinyurl.com/intmed360 and fill out an evaluation. Please remember this is completely anonymous and we welcome your feedback.

Article written by Robin Karst and Tracy Stasinopoulos, Medical Education Coordinators, Medicine
 


MCW Curriculum Revitalization

Curriculum reform is taking place across the nation, reflecting changes to the way in which medicine is practiced. Technological and biomedical advances demand physicians with advanced clinical reasoning skills. The ability to integrate basic and clinical science information in the care of patients is essential. In training medical students, we must ensure they develop the necessary skills to synthesize and process large amounts of data.

In August, MCW entered the first phase of curriculum revitalization implementation process. From the M1 class, 28 student volunteers were selected to serve as the “pilot” group to test an integrated approach to educating medical students. This new curriculum moves away from the former approach of separating the basic science (M1, M2) and clinical science (M3, M4) years into one that offers concurrent instruction in both areas.

The pilot group will test the new curriculum for each year. In the spring, the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee (CEC) will review the piloted M1 curriculum and determine whether or not to apply for the entire M1 class in August 2011. Next year, the pilot group will test the integrated M2 curriculum. This process of pilot-implementation will occur each year until all four years undergo the curriculum revitalization process, with a goal of implementing a completely new curriculum by July 2015.

The integrated curriculum will break down traditional barriers in medical education, with courses and clerkships potentially no longer being housed within particular departments. All rotations will include clinical and basic science components with clinicians assisting in the application of basic science materials and basic scientists helping students correlate clinical findings to the sciences. For example, clinical rotations may include “Basic Science Rounds,” where a basic scientist and clinician educator round with students to review physical findings in a basic science context.

In addition to integrating basic and clinical sciences, MCW now offers five “pathways” for students to pursue individual areas of interest. The five pathway options are as follows: Clinician Educator, Global Health, Master Clinician, Physician Scientist, and Urban & Community Health. The Department of Medicine is proud to have two physicians serving in leadership roles; Dr. Michael Kron of Infectious Diseases serves as Pathway Director for Global Health and Dr. Edmund Duthie of Geriatrics serves as Pathway Director for Master Clinician.

Currently, M3 and M4 students have Friday afternoons reserved for pathway activities. This time allows the students to attend core didactic sessions for their chosen pathway and engage in scholarly, non-core activities when didactic sessions are not scheduled. The goal of pathway involvement is for students to complete scholarly projects along their areas of interest, tailoring their educational experiences while enhancing their candidacy for various residency programs.

If you have any questions regarding the curriculum revitalization process or student pathways, please contact Kerrie Quirk, Medical Education Coordinator for DOM Student Programs, at 805-0530 or kquirk@mcw.edu

Article written by Kerrie Quirk, Medical Education Coordinator II, Medicine

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