Delineating those factors that enhance a student's surgical experience during medical school may be important to attracting “the best and the brightest” to surgery programs. Therefore, understanding the differences between an excellent and poor student evaluation from the
student perspective is critical to surgical education, yet it remains ill defined. We concurrently assessed comprehensive student evaluations from a surgical clerkship over a 2-year period. The purpose of this study is to report the results of this audit. Two years of student-directed evaluations
were analyzed. Nine different surgical services were evaluated. Twenty-six data points were collected, including demographic, career, objective, and subjective information. Statistical analysis was performed using descriptive, χ2, and logistic regression tests. One hundred twenty-eight
students rotated over 2 years, with 113 (88%) completing the assessment (61% men, 39% women). Men were more interested in surgical careers than women (4:1,P < 0.05). Medicine (22%) and surgical sub-specialties (23%) were the most common career interests. Regression analysis demonstrated
that age and gender were not predictors of outcome. The “highest rated and lowest rated” service were compared. Analysis demonstrated significant differences in three areas (operating room experience, and resident and faculty teaching.) The characteristics that separated the good
teachers from the poor ones were the ability to challenge the student to think, providing useful feedback for their work, the ability to communicate ideas, and a positive attitude toward students/teaching. Student surgical evaluations underscore the role faculty and/or residents play in their
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From the Department of Surgery, Section of Pediatric Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia
Publication date: May 1, 2006
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