Learning Environment Assessment & Feedback


Why create a report card for the learning environment?

National associations that promote health professions education have called for more attention to student, resident and faculty learning environments. High quality learning environments consistently reflect best practices in education, professionalism and patient care and are deliberately organized to support the continuous learner.

Positive learning environments monitor factors that impact learner development, reward quality role-modeling and establish effective processes to address disrespectful or unsafe behaviors. Strategies to regularly measure the learning environment are necessary in order to assure that it best supports learners across the professions and throughout the continuum of lifelong learning,

The Vanderbilt Learning Environment Report Card is designed to support critical reflection and organizational improvement in key areas. Using data from a variety of surveys that allow national benchmarking, this internal report card focuses on the critical domains of learner development, professionalism, and quality and safety in patient care. Priority topics were selected in each domain:


Learner Development domain: feedback, educator quality, and learning support


Professionalism domain: addressing concerns, diversity & inclusion, and wellness


Patient Care Quality & Safety domain: care transitions, safety culture, and quality improvement


This learning environment framework was developed by a team of students, residents and faculty from the Vanderbilt University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. The Learning Environment Assessment and Feedback (LEAF) Committee aggregates organizational performance data on a yearly basis. Data is selected from available measurements in human resources, education evaluation (local and national), and from patient feedback.

By defining key domains for effective learning environments and aggregating institutional performance measures across learner populations, the LEAF Committee can identify trends and benchmarks. The ultimate goal is collaboration between learners, leaders and holders of organizational performance data in a way that allows targeting of improvements and recognition of excellence.


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LEAF Committee 2017

  • Donald Brady, MD
  • Margaret Burks, MD
  • William O. Cooper, MD, MPH
  • Bill Cutrer, MD, MEd
  • Heather Davidson, PhD
  • Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH
  • Amy Fleming, MD
  • Isabelle Gigante
  • Karen Hande, DNP, ANP-BC, CNE
  • Jacqueline Harris
  • Mary Ann Jessee, PhD, RN
  • Kianna R. Jackson
  • Betsy Kennedy, PhD, RN, CNE
  • Paul Loeser
  • Kim Lomis, MD
  • Will Martinez, MD, MS
  • John McPherson, MD
  • Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC
  • Kate Payne, RN, JD, NC-BC
  • Cody Penrod, MD
  • Cathleen C Pettepher, PhD
  • Shelza Rivas, DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC
  • Regina Russell, MA, MEd
  • Mavis Schorn, CNM, PhD, FACNM
  • Allie Shields, CPNP-PC, MSN, RN
  • W. Anderson Spickard III, MD, MS
  • William M. Sullivan, MD, MEd
  • Rebecca Swan, MD
  • Kim Vinson, MD
  • Lynn Webb, PhD

For more information, contact:
Regina Russell, Committee Chair