Use of student feedback to drive quality improvement (QI) in a preclinical U.S. medical school course

Paul S. Richman, Doreen M. Olvet, Sahar Ahmad, Latha Chandran

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Medical educators are continually looking for ways to enhance integrated learning and help students see how the material taught in their various courses is inter-related. At Stony Brook School of Medicine, we embarked on a school-wide new curriculum called the Learning focused, Experiential, Adaptive, Rigorous and Novel (LEARN) curriculum and developed several integrated courses that were not based in specific departments. As part of this process, the pre-clinical (Phase-1) curriculum was shortened to 17 months to accommodate an expanded set of clinical offerings. The new structure called for teachers from different departments to lead and conduct the integrated blocks of pre-clinical courses. In this paper, we describe our discouraging experience with the first iteration of an integrated course in Cardiology, Pulmonology and Renal organ systems (CPR), and its transformation into a highly successful second iteration. This involved a systematic course quality improvement (QI) process within the context of a larger school wide curricular reform. As a result, student overall satisfaction with the course increased from 22% (28 of 127 responders) to 83% (111 of 134 responders); the mean score on a standardized NBME content exam increased by 6.7%. We report the systematic process we used to collect data from students and faculty that helped facilitate quality improvement in a key course in Phase-1 of our LEARN curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1583968
JournalMedical Education Online
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Course quality improvement
  • horizontal integration
  • pathophysiology
  • physiology
  • pulmonary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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