Course Continuous Quality Improvement

The Medical School conducts ongoing evaluations of courses and clerkships via CoursEval for years one and two, and E*Value for clinical clerkships and electives.

Since 2008, we have used classroom evaluation cards (paper and electronic formats) for ongoing feedback on year one and two courses. In addition, LEAD representatives provide information systematically and in real-time on each of the courses. Information gathered from all these and other sources are provided to course directors in a series of debrief meetings, are used to inform recommendations and commendations in each of the courses, are used in the course summaries that are presented to the appropriate committees, and are used to inform the ACE group (Assessment, Curriculum and Evaluation) for continuous quality improvement.

If you have concerns about the organization of, or expectations in, a course or clerkship, the first person to contact is the course or clerkship director.

What is a LEAD representative?

The LEADs (Liaison for Educational Advancement and Development) are selected from each of the faculty advisor groups and assigned to provide specifics on courses in order to improve the learning environment.

Documents for LEAD representatives:

What opportunities does the Medical School provide for me to learn using simulations?

  • All first and second year students on the TC campus work with Standardized Patients (SPs) to learn the foundations of interviewing in a highly-structured context. All SPs have been rigorously trained to respond to your inquiries and to provide invaluable feedback on students' performance. The initial interviews are recorded for review and feedback also. In addition, all medical students participate in a workshop on using ultrasonography for physical diagnosis.
  • The IERC provides simulated clinical environment for learning physical diagnosis with and without SPs. IERC is the single largest expense in the medical school curriculum budget!
  • The Duluth Campus has a simulations center, where students learn ultrasonography and other simulations.
  • SimPORTAL - Clerkships offer state of the art simulations training for all students with this "just-in-time" learning method. Studies show that adults learn best when the training in simulations is immediately proximal to the experiences in which they will be applying the skills and knowledge. Currently, all students experience these simulations (IV, intubation, suturing, sterile technique, ultrasonographic physical diagnosis, etc.) in required clerkships. Extra practice is available as determined by the department and instructors:
    • Surgery (SimPORTAL)
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Anesthesiology (SimPORTAL)
    • Student interest groups can arrange for workshops using patient simulators (SimMan, iStan, TraumaMan, etc.) or to practice other skills. Groups are charged for these activities based upon supply use and staff time.
    • Access to endoscopic/laparoscopic skills trainers is available on a 24/7 basis after students are oriented to the equipment.
    • Skills practice outside of defined curricula or interest group activities may be arranged with the SimPORTAL staff dependent upon previous instruction.

For more information on the SimPORTAL, contact John Raymond (612) 626-5636, SimPORTAL Coordinator, A582 Mayo Memorial Building.

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