Writing Effective Narrative Evaluations

Zoom information will be sent to participants the week prior to the workshop.

Led by:

Serena Yang, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, UC David School of Medicine

Renee Kinman, MD, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF

Kali Hockett, MD
Clinical Instructor, UCSF School of Medicine

Teachers are regularly called upon to provide learner evaluations. It is difficult to write evaluation comments that are appropriately supportive of all our learners while also accurately describing performance and competency in transparent language. This is an opportunity to talk about common challenges and best practices of writing evaluations.

During this workshop, participants will:

Identify and discuss common challenges in writing evaluations
Review and critique examples of evaluations
Apply a set of guidelines or “tips” to improve a sample evaluation
Practice composing a summary evaluation from multiple individual evaluations

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Describe common challenges in writing learner evaluations
List several systematic approaches to gathering data and using the data to compose learner evaluations
Differentiate between summative and formative evaluation/comments
Write summative and formative evaluations that are performance-based, specific, and focused
List common pitfalls in summary evaluations
Set personal goals for applying the skills learned in this workshop to one's own practice setting, and review a tool designed to assess performance of new teaching skills.

UCSF is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The above credit is inclusive of all UCSF Educational Skills Workshops and the Teaching Scholars Program. Credit available for this event only is 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

UCSF Educational Skills Workshops and Med Ed Grand Rounds have been approved by UCSF Rehabilitative Services for up to 7 continuing education hours per year total. Questions regarding this approval should be directed to (415) 514-6779.

Course No. MGR21075.

Friday, March 5 at 1:15pm to 3:15pm

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