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Medical Education
Educational Evaluations

Evaluations Standarization Policy

The purpose of this policy is to streamline and standardize all course and educator evaluation forms across all four years of the Bridges Curriculum.

Evaluations of core educational experiences are essential for continuous quality improvement and curriculum decision making, while evaluations of educators serve to guide teaching improvements and faculty promotion decisions. The Educational Evaluations Unit in the School of Medicine oversees all educator, course, and clerkship evaluations in the Bridges Curriculum and ensures that evaluations are implemented in a consistent, robust, and efficient manner to ensure quality data collection and prevention of evaluation fatigue.

1. Follow sound and rigorous evaluation principles and methods.

2. Be compliant with the accreditation standards on evaluation set forth by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

3. Be balanced to provide the School of Medicine with the important information needed to guide curricular decision making that meets the needs for continuous quality improvement of the curriculum.

4. Be respectful of student time and avoid student evaluation overload.

5. Meet institutional needs, such as course director decision making and teaching faculty promotion and tenure requirements.

All evaluation forms will have standardized items that include some or all of the following:

  • LCME-mandated items
  • Core curricular decision-making items
  • Supplemental items
  • An overall effectiveness item
  • An open-ended  comments item

A list of the standard evaluation items across the continuum of the Bridges curriculum can be requested directly from the Educational Evaluations unit in the School of Medicine or found in the Bridges Evaluation Working Group Report.

Policy Approval
UCSF School of Medicine, Bridges Integration Team
May 2016

Distribution and Notification via Evaluations Working Group Report
UCSF School of Medicine, Bridges Integration Team
UCSF School of Medicine, Bridges Design Team


1. The Educational Evaluations Unit will ensure that all standard evaluation items are listed on the appropriate evaluation forms.
2. Course leadership and Director for Program Evaluation will work jointly on designing the supplemental items on the Bridges course evaluations.