Student evaluation of clinical education as a tool for management of undergraduate medical education

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Aim To manage the clinical education of medical students in a teaching hospital, utilising information from a web-based evaluation of clinical teaching in a teaching hospital.

Context In 1999 a web-based evaluation system comprising both a quantitative and qualitative component was introduced into South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust. This is one of three teaching hospitals to which 30% of Year 3 students progress in the Manchester Medical School. All aspects of the clinical programme including placements and problem-based tutorials are evaluated.The student responses are analysed, qualitative comments summarised and quantitative data formulated in graphical format and fed back to the clinical teachers.

Process The introduction of the evaluation resulted in the need to develop methods to manage clinical medical education. A management process has been developed to deal with the issues arising out of the evaluation and to improve the quality of student learning experiences.

Conclusion The introduction and sustainability of a web-based student evaluation of a clinical medical education is achievable. However, processes to manage the quality of medical education need to be implemented concurrently.

Keywords: education; evaluation; feedback

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2002

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