Evaluation, Assessment and Reporting

Course and Faculty Evaluation

The students at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are offered an opportunity to provide feedback on their educational experiences by completing course and faculty evaluations throughout the academic year.

In Years I and II, students are asked to evaluate the quality of course content and faculty teaching as delivered in lectures, small groups, labs, and the organ system as a whole. In Years III and IV, students are asked to evaluate the quality of their clerkship experience, including the diversity of patients with whom they were able to work. Evaluations of pilot courses occur in a similar fashion. Feedback on the quality of faculty teaching as delivered across various learning environments is sought and collected through numerical ratings and written comments. Results are collated and disseminated to Organ System Chairs, Discipline Coordinators, Clerkship Directors, Teaching Faculty, the Associate Dean of Curriculum, and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Results also inform curricular decision-making in the Year I-II and Year III-IV Curriculum Committee Meetings.

Student Performance Assessment

Assessment of student performance is conducted formatively and summatively. Formative assessments methods include faculty-designed assignments and quizzes, depending on the learning objectives being addressed. Written, clinical, and computer-based exams are administered for summative assessments, which take place at the end of each organ system and clerkship in the pre-clinical and clinical curriculum, respectively.

Relevant exam results are reported to students, the Associate Dean for Curriculum, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the appropriate teaching faculty, the Year I-II Student Performance Committee, and the Year III-IV Committee on Performance, Professionalism, and Promotion.

Further, summative assessment results (i.e., exam results) and statistical analyses of exam items (i.e., item analyses) are used by the teaching faculty and faculty within the Medical Education Department to set performance standards, to improve future assessments, and to ensure alignment between the learning objectives, curriculum, and assessments themselves.

Reporting

Longitudinal databases containing information about applicants, matriculants, and alumni are maintained by the unit. Data are imported from various sources, including the national AMCAS System, various exam platforms, and AAMC.

Requests for administrative reports are processed annually and on an as-needed basis. Reports have focused on, for example, details of the incoming class, comparisons between classes, student performance across the curriculum by cohort, performance of students in various academic programs (e.g., HTE, MD/DDS, scholarship/fellowship recipients, etc.), and longitudinal monitoring of student performance across cohorts. Stakeholders and audiences served include:

  • Admissions Office
  • Diversity Office
  • Office of Medical Education
  • Student Affairs Office
  • Medical Education Curriculum Committee
  • Year I-II Curriculum Committee
  • Year III-IV Curriculum Committee
  • Student Performance Committee
  • Faculty Dossier for Promotion and Review

Our Team

Christine Crispen, Ed.D.
Associate Director, Evaluation, Assessment and Reporting
KAM 211A, 1975 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033-9024
Ph: (323) 442-0486
Fax: (323) 442-2051
E-mail: ccrispen@med.usc.edu

Sam Racine
Program Specialist, Evaluation and Reporting
KAM 211, 1975 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033-9024
Ph: (323) 442-3002
Fax: (323) 442-2051
Email: racine@usc.edu

Marc Barlis
Program Specialist, Evaluation and Reporting
KAM 211, 1975 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033-9024
Ph: (323) 442-2704
Fax: (323) 442-2051.
E-mail: barlis@usc.edu

Stephen Stephenson
Program Specialist, Assessment
KAM 205B, 1975 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033-9024
Ph: (323) 442-2060
Fax: (323) 442-2051
E-mail: stephen.stephenson@med.usc.edu

Barbara McMillan
Program Specialist, Assessment
KAM 205B, 1975 Zonal Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033-9024
Ph: (323) 442-2389
Fax: (323) 442-2051
E-mail: bjmcmil@usc.edu