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UCSF has a comprehensive curriculum evaluation program that allows us to engage in quality improvement. In this program, students have a variety of ways to provide feedback on their academic experiences.
How Students Provide Feedback in the Bridges Curriculum
Student evaluation and feedback are essential to our ability to conduct curricular quality improvement. Students have multiple ways to provide feedback on their educational experiences and teachers. Although there are many ways for students to provide feedback, it may be difficult at times to navigate through the process. In addition to formal evaluations, students can share their experience in other methods. The following are methods by which students can provide feedback.
Ongoing Course Evaluations*
Students will be asked to evaluate their courses and instructors in our online evaluation system, E*Value. All students will be assigned to evaluate small group leaders with whom they have had at least 3 hours of contact. A randomized subset of students will be assigned to evaluate a full course, which includes lectures, labs, and the overall course.
In addition to ongoing course evaluations, students will be asked to evaluate curricula, programs, or topics that are novel and significant changes in the Bridges curriculum. These program evaluations are as follows:
- Coaching program
- Student identity development
- Inquiry curriculum overall
- Diagnostic reasoning curriculum
- Clinical Microsystems Clerkship
- UCSF Student Dashboard
- Weekly Assessment Check Points
- Diversity and cultural sensitivity
Ongoing Bridges Focus Groups*
A small number of randomly selected students will be invited to participate in focus groups to share their feedback about the overall student experience, workload, integration, and diversity and cultural sensitivity in the curriculum. These focus groups will be conducted and reported on by the Educational Evaluations Unit during mid- and end-of-year.
Students may be invited to informal feedback sessions with element directors to share their perspective on a given element.
Bridges Curriculum Debrief Survey
Additionally to required evaluations, students can share their experience in the Bridges Curriculum at any time via the Bridges Curriculum Debrief Form, which is available on the Medical Student Experience website. Student responses are anonymous and routed to the Associate Dean for Curriculum and the curriculum leaders who oversee the specific areas that students designate on their survey response.
Confidential Feedback Form
Students are provided an opportunity to evaluate their faculty members and residents with whom they work. Although there are many ways for students to provide feedback, it may be difficult at times to navigate through the process. On occasion, a student will work with a stellar or problematic faculty member or resident but is not asked to evaluate that individual. In that situation, they can provide praise or concern feedback in a confidential manner by completing a Confidential Feedback Form in Qualtrics. The information on the Confidential Feedback form is not visible to the educator and is routed to the element, course, or clerkship director, and Associate Deans and it is at their discretion what is done with the feedback.
*Student participation will count toward evaluation compliance.