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Effect of student-directed solicitation of evaluation forms on the timeliness of completion by preceptors in the United States

 ( Krawiec Conrad ) - Penn State Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatrics

 ( Walter Vonn ) - Pennsylvania State College of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences
 ( Myers Abigail Kate ) - Penn State Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatrics


Purpose: Summative evaluation forms assessing a student’s clinical performance are often completed at the end of a clinical experience from a faculty preceptor. In our institution, despite the use of an electronic system, completion timeliness has been suboptimal potentially limiting our ability to monitor student progress. The aim of the present study was to determine if a student-centered approach to summative evaluation form collection at the end of a pediatrics clinical experience will enhance timeliness of completion for third year medical students at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine

Methods: This was a pre- and post-intervention educational quality improvement project focused on 156 (82 pre-intervention, 74 post-intervention) third year medical students at Pennsylvania State College of Medicinecompleting their four-week pediatric clerkship. Utilizing Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) informatics support, student-directed evaluation form solicitation was encouraged. Wilcoxon rank sum test was applied to compare pre-intervention (May 1, 2017 to March 2, 2018) and post-intervention (April 2, 2018 to December 21, 2018) percentages of forms completed before rotation midpoint.

Results: Seven hundred and forty evaluation forms were submitted during the pre-intervention phase and five-hundred and seventeen were submitted during the post-intervention phase. Form completion percentage before rotation midpoint increased after implementation of student-directed solicitation (9.6% versus 39.7%, P<0.05).

Conclusion: Our clerkship relies on subjective summative evaluations to track student progress, employ improvement strategies, and determine criteria for advancement; however, our preceptors struggled with timely submission. Allowing students to direct the solicitation of evaluation forms enhanced the timeliness of completion at our institution and should be considered in clerkships with similar difficulties.


Educational measurement; Educational technology; Medical education; Reminder systems; United States
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