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Hey Mac Medstudents,

I was wondering, if you are evaluating your peers in PBL is this spoken evaluations? or just written? Also, what types of things are mentioned in the evaluations? ex) "I feel Bob can contribute more to discussions" Is that something you may mention? How are you trained to evaluate constructively without insulting the other person?

 

Zuck

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Hey Zuckman,

 

We have mid-MF (medical foundations, there are 5 pre-clerkship) evals as well as end-MF evals (some groups do fast evals after each tutorial session, I find that we will do these near the start of the MF but they die out as the group goes on and works out the kinks- well, hopefully, anyways! ;) ). At mid and end MF eval sessions, the way it has gone for my groups so far has been a "firing squad" style - one person in the hot seat and all other group members plus the tutor have a chance to eval them. I have been lucky in that I've been in 2 great groups so far and there were no problem group members so the evals have been totally painless. They can actually be quite a confidence booster! :)

 

But that being said, if there is something on the more negative side, people will usually put it in pretty constructive terms so it's a bit easier to take. A common one is for a group member to participate more, take more initiative going up to the board, etc. We don't get any specific "training" to evaluate anyone, but I would think that most people in my class know by now how to give feedback without being brutal about it!

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