Through the effective use of evaluations, MUSC is able to turn information into improvement. Throughout your educational and medical careers, you will complete many evaluations and have many evaluations completed about you. Evaluations are a very important aspect of your education.
In your first two years of medical school, you will complete mandatory evaluations about your course blocks, your course themes, your small group preceptors and your faculty lecturers. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate your peers. MUSC uses a web based program called E*Value for evaluations. You will use this program throughout your education at MUSC. E*Value is completely anonymous, meaning that the information you provide on any evaluation is de-identified to all MUSC personnel. We can see evaluation data in aggregate form and we can monitor evaluation compliance. It is imperative that you trust the confidentiality statement MUSC and E*Value provide so that you feel confident in giving feedback. The MUSC confidentiality statement states that the only time MUSC is allowed to see the identity of a student evaluator is if a threatening remark is made. Please see the confidentiality statement in its entirety at: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/evalue/index.htm.
To use E*Value for completing evaluations, you will click on a link provided to you in an email message that the E*Value program sends to your MUSC email account. This link will automatically log you into the E*Value program and take you to your evaluation queue. The email notifications will occur at the conclusion of an educational block or semester (in the first two years), and at the end of a rotation in the clinical years. In general, the E*Value program will accept in-coming evaluations for a 14-day period of time after which the survey is closed. We encourage you to complete the evaluations as soon after you receive them as possible so that the educational experience is fresh in your mind. At MUSC, the completion of these evaluations are considered mandatory – failure to complete and submit E*Value evaluations is viewed in an unfavorable light, so please routinely check your MUSC email. Both your course directors as well as the Dean’s Office staff monitor evaluation compliance.
Once all evaluations are completed, the evaluation data is reviewed by the course/theme leaders and primary faculty teachers in the first and second years as well as the students who are selected as curriculum representatives. Evaluation data in the 3rd and 4th years is reviewed by the rotation directors and coordinators. An Evaluation Subcommittee discusses the evaluation data, which is compiled into various metrics and attempt, in a Continuous Quality Improvement model, to make improvements in the course structure and presentation. This committee also produces a report that summarizes its findings. This report is emailed to you so that you can be aware of how your class evaluated your courses and what improvements have been made based on your feedback. This report is also used by the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee in its role to oversee the entire curriculum.
In order for the evaluation data to be most effective, it is necessary to know how to communicate effectively when completing evaluations. Please remember to be specific in your feedback. Everyone has valid and worthwhile feedback to give, but you must express your critiques in a light and neutral tone. Your goal is to provide honest reactions in a constructive manner.
If you have any questions regarding evaluations, please visit the Dean’s Office. Please remember your feedback is very important to us and it is used consistently. Thank you in advance for the improvements you will make to our curriculum.