Evaluating instructional scholarship in medicine

DM Irby Department of Medical Education, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle 98195.

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Over the past decade, the evaluation of teaching has increased in importance in US medical schools. In this review, research on student ratings, teaching portfolios, and peer review of teaching is presented in the context of instructional scholarship. Five principles for designing a comprehensive system to evaluate teaching are discussed, along with the impact of such systems on teaching improvement and academic promotions.