ERIC Number: ED426655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Consumer Evaluation of Educational Programs: Using Questionnaires Completed by Alumni.
Copeland, H. L.; Hewson, M.; Weiker, G.
This paper describes a method used to evaluate 48 medical residency programs at one institution. It presents the background rationale, logistics, and results obtained by surveying alumni, in the context of their current practice, for relevant data on the value of their training experience. Surveys were sent for 3 years to all alumni of Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic residencies who had graduated three years earlier. A total of 187 (28.4 percent) of alumni responded to the survey. Consistency of results across the 3 years was found. Ninety-six percent of respondents replied that they would recommend their residency program, noting such positive qualities as the excellent teaching, knowledge and skills of the staff, and the variety of experiences and patients. Suggestions for improvement centered on learning and practice of primary or community/outpatient care, management or business skills, computer uses in medicine, and improved didactics. Qualitative content analysis of written comments also indicated positive evaluations of respondents' residency experiences, and supported suggestions for more business training and practice and for more responsibility given to residents. The methodology is seen as lending itself to direct program improvement on a yearly basis. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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