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Evaluation of the Curriculum

The Office of Education Quality Improvement is responsible for implementing all aspects of curricular evaluation for required course and experiences in the M.D. program and for supporting the Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee. This includes:

  • Design of all instructor and course surveys
  • Scheduling of all instructor and course surveys
  • Administration of all instructor and course surveys
  • Administration of all student focus groups
  • Implementation of program evaluation methods for phases and new elements of the curriculum
  • Analysis of student feedback and reporting of results to appropriate School of Medicine faculty, Deans, Staff, and committees/subcommittees for curriculum quality improvement

Role of Students in Evaluation of the Curriculum

Students’ anonymous feedback plays an important role in the curriculum quality improvement process and the retention and promotion process for faculty members.  Each student evaluates a subset of large group instructors, all of small group instructors, every course/required experience and new curricular initiatives. Students provide formal feedback via:

  • Online surveys
  • In person focus groups

Do I have to complete every survey I am sent? We make every effort to have instructor and course surveys as short as possible.  In return students are expected to complete all assigned surveys by the due date. 

How will I know I have a survey to complete? All instructor and course surveys are sent via email from “UU School of Medicine Evaluations”.  Due dates are provided in each course Canvas page under “Resources”.

Who reads my feedback? All student feedback reports are provided to the Course Director(s), Curriculum Deans, Director of Faculty Support, and the Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee.  All student feedback reports on instructors are sent to all of those stakeholders along with the appropriate faculty member.  Additionally, at the end of the year each Department chair receives student feedback reports for all faculty in their department.

Really? Then why is my feedback not acted upon? With class sizes over 100 sometimes only a few students will feel strongly about a particular aspect of a course.  Thus, when reviewing course feedback and deciding what to change the course directors have to consider what is best for the entire class.  Additionally, the logic behind some content selection or assessments may not make sense to students until they are further along in their medical school careers.  Finally, some of suggestions are just not logistically feasible to address.  That said, students do provide good suggestions and we are working on closing the feedback loop so that students can see how their feedback is or is not used to improve a course.

Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee

The Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee (CESC) has the authority and responsibility for quality control and improvement of the curriculum, through careful monitoring of program evaluation data and regularly scheduled reviews of courses, clerkships, and other required experiences in the medical school education program.  Each course is typically reviewed in a three-year cycle. CESC membership is comprised of faculty and students.


For any further questions please contact:

Kerri Shaffer, MEd, MLIS
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Support