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Demystifying Program Evaluation for Surgical Education

  • Alexis BattistaEmail author
  • Michelle Yoon
  • E. Matthew Ritter
  • Debra Nestel
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Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 17)

Overview

In this chapter, we define program evaluation, address its role in evaluating surgical education programs, describe important early steps surgical program evaluators can take to improve the usefulness of program evaluation, discuss common challenges, and offer solutions evaluators can use to overcome these challenges. The chapter is intended for those who are engaging or considering engaging in program evaluation for the first time or are doing so with limited support from a formal program evaluator. Additionally, we have included resources and examples to provide guidance beyond the scope of this chapter.

Keywords

Program evaluation Surgical program evaluation Stakeholder Logic model Formative evaluation Summative evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexis Battista
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Michelle Yoon
    • 3
  • E. Matthew Ritter
    • 4
  • Debra Nestel
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Graduate Programs in Health Professions Education, Department of Medicine, F. Edward Hébert School of MedicineUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.The Henry M Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military MedicineBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.University of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA
  4. 4.USU/Walter Reed Department of SurgeryBethesdaUSA
  5. 5.Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash Institute for Health and Clinical EducationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  6. 6.Faculty of Medicine Dentistry & Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Melbourne Medical SchoolUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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