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Set's vs online evaluations for medical school pre-clinical courses

  • Author(s): Chang, Alexander
  • et al.

Starting in 2010, UCSD School of Medicine switched over to an organ systems‐based curriculum, and with this switch also came a new way of collecting student feedback on courses called the SET (Student Evaluation Team). Traditionally, feedback was collecting mainly through online course and instructor evaluations. However, this method of collecting feedback does not allow for conversation and/or problem solving with the course directors. Additional qualitative data gathered from SET meetings helps validate, explain, and reinterpret the quantitative data gathered in the online evaluations. In addition, qualitative responses to open‐ended questions and the ensuing discussions can result in serendipitous findings, leading to new avenues to approach that the researcher may not have originally thought of (Hsieh et al., 2014).

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