Quality Improvement

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Governance

The Undergraduate Medical Education Executive Committee (UMEC) meets monthly to address course approval; course, thread and program evaluation; and/or educational policy issues. This committee is advisory to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, and, along with the Associate Dean, it holds authority for central oversight of the UME curriculum. 

The Undergraduate Medical Education Committee is a larger group that participates in planning and evaluation of the curriculum.  It includes all members of the phase teams, longitudinal element teams and thread teams as well as members of the Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement Team. The larger committee meets in its entirety once a year at the Annual Curriculum Summit, but the individual teams meet regularly to coordinate educational programs and continuous improvement processes. 

 

Student Curriculum Committee (SCC)

The Vanderbilt Medical School faculty value students' perspectives on their education, and they invite students to take an active role in shaping the VMS curriculum. The Student Curriculum Committee is the official body through which medical students can provide feedback to course instructors, voice opinions about their medical education, and effect changes to the VMS curriculum. The Student Curriculum Committee reports to the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, the faculty committee which has primary responsibility for planning and maintaining the medical school curriculum. The Undergraduate Medical Education Committee takes students' opinions very seriously and values their input.

 

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Curriculum Evaluation at VUSM seeks to obtain information to determine if medical students are experiencing the best possible learning experiences during their medical school career.  There are three major components to curriculum evaluation at VUSM:

  1. Course evaluation at Vanderbilt examines how the design and organization of courses, clerkships and immersions and their content helps medical students learn.
  2. Faculty evaluation examines the performance of teaching faculty, residents and fellows in providing learning opportunities in which appropriate content is conveyed to medical students.
  3. Program evaluation examines the impact of the overall curriculum and the interaction of its components on medical student learning. ​

 

Evaluation Policy

Course evaluation policy: 

Students are required to complete each survey that they receive from the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education evaluation team. Students who do not complete surveys will be reported to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and the Promotions Committee. Completing program and course evaluations is a vital part of the continuous improvement process at Vanderbilt. 

However, students may opt-out of any VUSM-developed evaluation survey and/or any assigned VUSM-developed evaluation focus group. Any student wishing opt out must request a meeting with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education to discuss the student’s reasons for wanting to be excused from the requirement to respond to a survey or participate in a focus group. This process must be started before the day the survey closes, which is disclosed to the student on the day he/she receives the survey request.

If the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education excuses a student from the requirement to respond to a survey or participate in a focus group, the Dean will inform the Program Coordinator for Evaluation, who will remove the student’s name from the Qualtrics® panel for that survey or focus group.

Course evaluation at Vanderbilt examines how the design and organization of courses, clerkships and immersions and their content helps medical students learn. Review the 8-step Evaluation Process here.

 

Evaluation Websites

Each VUSM course and program has a SharePoint website set up for sharing evaluation reports. Sites require your VUNetID and password; individuals will only have access to certain sites, depending on a faculty member's or student's role. 

 

Evaluation contact information

Don Moore, PhD Regina Russell, MEd, MA Jane Hirtle, PhD

Director of Evaluation

Director, Learning System Outcomes Program Manager, Curriculum Evaluation & Student Assessment
Office of Undergraduate Medical Education Office of Undergraduate Medical Education Office of Undergraduate Medical Education 
209 Light Hall 3402 Medical Research Building IV 3401 Medical Research Building IV 
Nashville TN 37232-0685 Nashville TN 37232-0432 Nashville TN 37232-0432 
Phone  615-322-6035 Phone  615-936-8511 Phone  615-343-0410  
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