Using Formal Evaluation Sessions for Casebased Faculty Development during Clinical Clerkships

Hemmer, Paul A. MD; Pangaro, Louis MD

Educating Physicians: Essays

Developing housestaff and faculty in their roles as medical educators is a dynamic process. The rigorous clinical evaluation method used during the third-year internal medicine clerkship at the Uniformed Services University uniquely incorporates faculty development into the process of evaluation and generating feedback for students. Formal evaluation sessions are held monthly at all clerkship sites throughout the 12-week clerkship and are moderated by either the internal medicine clerkship director or the on-site clerkship directors. Although designed to provide an opportunity for faculty to evaluate student performance and prepare formative feedback, the sessions also function as formal, planned, and longitudinal forums of “real-time,” “case-based” faculty development that address professional, instructional, and leadership development. The evaluation sessions are used as a means to model and teach the key concepts of the Stanford Faculty Development Program. Providing a unifying form of evaluation across multiple teaching sites and settings makes formal evaluation sessions a powerful, state-of-the-art tool for faculty development.

Dr. Hemmer is assistant professor of medicine and associate director of the internal medicine clerkship and Dr. Pangaro is professor of medicine and vice chairman for educational programs, both at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.

Correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Hemmer, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814; e-mail: 〈phemmer@usuhs.mil〉.

The authors thank Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD, for his review of the manuscript and his insightful and constructive feedback.

The opinions expressed in this paper are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Department of Defense, the United States Air Force, or other federal agencies.

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