Satisfaction With an Electronic Feedback Tool for the OBGYN Clerkship

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To develop an electronic feedback tool and evaluate clerkship student and faculty satisfaction.


Provision of formative feedback during clerkships is mandated by the Liaison Council on Medical Education as important in the development of clinical competence. A common concern in medical student education is the dichotomy wherein faculty believe that feedback has been provided but students do not recognize feedback was given. There is need for a simple tool that documents and collects feedback. No recent literature has cited use of an electronic feedback tool.


An electronic feedback tool, using elements of the AAMC Entrustable Professional Activities, was developed following a needs assessment survey administered to students and ObGyn faculty. This tool, housed on a secure institutional website, was available to both clerkship students and faculty using smartphone, tablet or computer. The project was IRB exempt.


The electronic tool was offered at family planning and ambulatory gynecology clinics to 31 clerkship students and the 11 attending faculty. Thirty student satisfaction surveys and 7 faculty satisfaction surveys were collected. Satisfaction with the electronic tool was assessed using an online survey. Sixty percent of students and 100% faculty were neutral or dissatisfied with the electronic tool. Commonly cited issues were electronic access problems and adequacy of training.


Information in this survey will be helpful in the further development of electronic tools in the clinical setting.


Future development will need to incorporate strategies to enrich faculty training and improve access.

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