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Ask the expert: How can we assess the effectiveness of our evaluations?

Residency Program Insider, October 27, 2009

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Assessing the effectiveness of your evaluation tools is a critical part of the education process. Evaluation tools should be designed to give the program director a clear picture of how residents are performing. When creating an assessment tool, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did the resident achieve the objectives for the educational experience?
  • What knowledge, skills, or attitudes does the resident need to acquire or improve?
  • How does you program use aggregate performance data to improve education?
  • How do the assessment results provide feedback to the resident?
  • Is the information gathered about the residents’ performance useful in determining whether they should be promoted?


Periodically examine the effectiveness of each tool to confirm that it achieves your goal(s).

This week’s question and answer are from Insider’s Guide to the ACGME Site Visit, Second Edition, by Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH and Shepard Cohen, now available at a reduced price!



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