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Services of the Office of Assessment, Evaluation and Quality Improvement

Medical Student and Curriculum Evaluation

Medical students evaluate courses, lecturers, activities, small group facilitators, faculty members, attending physicians, residents and peers (as team members) on a regular basis. A structured, feedback evaluation system is in place to ensure course objectives are taught and examined. Much of the evaluation data is collected through the electronic management system, E*Value. Both quantitative and qualitative comments are collected and analyzed by the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement and then presented to course directors, faculty members and student members to improve the curriculum. Surveys and questionnaires are created internally and sent to Residency Directors and College of Medicine alumni. Data collected provides additional, yet essential, information about MUSC graduates and their training. 

Analysis of internally developed assessments and other internally developed exams

Students are assessed in a variety of ways, including knowledge and clinical skills examinations. Assessments of knowledge occur by validated computerized exams, national standardized exams, small group facilitators, faculty members, attending physicians and residents, and trained Standardized Patients. Assessments of clinical skills occur in a variety of settings, including small groups, labs, as well as inpatient hospital and outpatient clinic settings. Self-assessments, Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE), and assessments by faculty members, preceptors, and trained Standardized Patients (SP) are integrated throughout the curriculum. In addition, clinical practical exams (CPX 2 and CPX 3) are conducted in the Center for Clinical Evaluation and Teaching (CCET) to provide assessment and feedback to assist with student preparation for national board examinations. Many of the structured, active learning opportunities for clinical skills development and assessment occur in the CCET and the Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety Center (CEPSC), commonly referred to as the Simulation Center. Much of the assessment data is collected and analyzed by the Office of Assessment, Evaluation and Quality Improvement.

Faculty development on test construction and evaluation

The Associate Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement conducts a faculty development session once a year at the Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement Year End Retreat that provides helpful information to the faculty on validity, reliability, test construction and evaluation.

Management of the Student Record Data Warehouse

The data warehouse contains confidential pre-matriculation data, records during medical school, and post-graduation data. Data includes the graduates from the class of 2005 through the current class of  2021. The variables in this data warehouse includes demographic information, MCAT Scores, undergraduate GPA, theme grades, USMLE scores and other assessment and evaluation data (i.e., CPX2 and CPX3, OSCE scores and outcome) while students are in medical school. This data warehouse can be used to answer any questions related to medical education outcomes research that the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement might conduct.  

Statistical consulting for medical education studies

Faculty members are encouraged to conduct medical education research and studies in the College of Medicine. Interested faculty members are advised to contact the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement for any services related to conducting this research and for the use of aggregate unidentified information from the Student Record Data Warehouse with the assistance of the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement.   For medical education research assistance please complete the OAE-QI Research Proposal Form and send to or fax to 843-792-8253

Oversees the Quality Improvement Committee

The Associate Dean for Assessment, Evaluation, and Quality Improvement chairs the Quality Improvement Committee. This committee’s charge is to enhance the way the College of Medicine addresses assessment and evaluation to achieve academic excellence within the curriculum. This committee meets quarterly and also looks at data collected in the data warehouse and LCME standards for quality improvement metrics.

Administers College of Medicine E*Value

E*Value is MUSC’s preferred health professional education management system which has been fully deployed in the institution’s medical school since 2005. The system has been used primarily to manage over 95,000+ student, faculty, and course evaluations that are scheduled every academic year. The Office of Assessment, Evaluation and Quality Improvement oversees this system, tracks compliance of completed evaluations and pulls data reports from this system to assess outcomes. 

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