Review Evaluations With Learners

Taking time to discuss the final evaluation with the learner helps the learner understand their strengths and weaknesses. This maximizes their likelihood of success and minimizes wasted time by focusing effort where it is most needed. Learners desire feedback to guide their continued study and work. Comments and specific examples are consistently rated as more useful than numerical grades or Likert scale scores.1 The learner’s response to feedback is also predictive of future performance.2

Faculty should schedule time to review evaluations with learners.  Faculty should be prepared to discuss learner strengths, weaknesses, and overall performance against program criteria.

Quick Tips:

  • Create a supportive environment for self-improvement and organizational growth
  • Communicate clearly, openly, honestly, and concisely, and remain both objective and supportive
  • Listen to learner perspectives
  • Provide recommendations for ongoing development
  • Include the trainee’s response to feedback in final evaluations

Erik Schweitzer, MD
Northwest Washington Family Medicine Residency, Bremerton, WA

Dana Nguyen, MD
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD

  1. Lowry BN, Vansaghi LM, Rigler SK, Stites SW. Applying the Milestones in an Internal Medicine Residency Program Curriculum: A Foundation for Outcomes-Based Learner Assessment Under the Next Accreditation System. Acad Med. 2013;88:1665–1669.
  2. Dudek N, Dojeiji S. Twelve tips for completing quality in-training evaluation reports. Medical Teacher. 2014;36(12):1038-1042. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2014.932897