WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)

Feedback and Evaluations


In order to give effective feedback, a physician needs to develop a sound teacher-student relationship. During the first month, the preceptor should observe the student daily doing interviews and examinations in order to gauge the student’s level of competence and to instruct him/her in areas that need improvement. Evaluation methods and instruments are designed to enhance the student’s learning experience, not just measure performance.

Verbal feedback and evaluations are an integral part of the clerkship experience. A lack of direction and ongoing feedback are the most significant shortcomings identified by students during the clinical portion of their training–hallway discussion and off-handed feedback are not as powerful as sitting down and having a private dialogue with the student.

One tool that is helpful is the Daily-Feedback-Card. Keep it handy and try to note something each day to discuss with the student. Then use it at the end of the rotation to do the final evaluation on the student.

In addition, observing students on a regular basis and following up with daily integrated and scheduled weekly & monthly feedback, including completing and submitting the Blank-Monthly-Feedback-Form.pdf.  Family Medicine and OB (when applicable) require mid-end clerkship review forms at mid-session (dates are noted on the student program calendar).

It is suggested that there be weekly meetings between the preceptor and the student; organized discussion and feedback will give the student the opportunity to talk about particular patients and present one or more cases to the preceptor for critique. Additionally, the feedback sessions are a great opportunity for the physician preceptor to review the student’s professional progress (charts, records and activity data), discuss strengths and areas that need improvement, make suggestions for additional study and talk about any personal problems the student may be dealing with.

The following Weekly Feedback & Evaluation Reference List was developed to aid the preceptor in evaluating the student’s progress and in offering feedback:

Communication Skills:

  • Interactions with patients
  • Clinic and hospital staff relations
  • Interaction with consultants
  • Community relations

Clinical Skills:

  • History taking skills & physical exam techniques, both clinic and hospital-based
  • Procedural skills

Knowledge base:

  • Differential diagnosis
  • Treatment plans
  • Hospital progress notes & orders

Overall experience:

  • Data entries in the student’s Patient Visit Log should indicate that the student is getting a variety of experiences

Self-discipline and level of satisfaction:

  • Attitude regarding assigned responsibilities – how are things going from the student’s perspective?
  • Timeliness – efficient use of time?
  • Use of personal time – are there any needs?
  • Use of reading time



Evaluations are accomplished using the online E*Value evaluation program. Family Medicine evaluations are due after week 12.  IM, Peds, Psych, and OB (24-week sites) are due at the end of the WRITE session.  A direct link will be sent to the primary preceptor to access the system. It is a good idea to distribute the monthly progress report and feedback summary forms (above) to those preceptors who have worked with a student in a significant way in either FM, IM, Peds, Psych, or OB (24-week sites), and use them to create a summary of comments and ranking BEFORE sitting down to do the online evaluation.

It is important to do a “good” evaluation: Please be sure that the grading anchors match the comments about student performance AND that the comments are specific, descriptive, and substantive. Clerkship evaluation guides can be accessed through the WRITE web site under each department, and more is available on each department’s web site linked here.

Comment Examples: “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

  • The Ugly: Jenny was a great student.
  • The Bad: Jenny was a hard-working student, got along well with others, and was always prepared.
  • The Good: Jenny was intellectually curious, thoroughly researched her patient’s diagnosis, and went the extra mile. Staff and patients commented on how much they enjoyed working with her. She developed an outstanding rapport with her patients and took ownership of their care.

For issues that come up about the mechanics of accessing or using E-Value, Donna Painchaud is the point person for *Peds, *Psych, and *FM. Click here for a link for how to access and complete evaluations in E-Value (PDF).

*Anything having to do with questions about how to evaluate a student would be sent to the appropriate department–see below.

Carmelita Mason-Richardson is the point person for all aspects re. Internal Medicine (either questions about how to evaluate a student and questions about how to use E-Value).

On the issue of filling out evaluations using E-Value when there is no student ID present (which, if not filled in, evaluators cannot proceed), the evaluator should insert the phrase “please complete” which will alert the department to insert the student ID.


Donna Painchaud: paincd@uw.edu
Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education: Computer Services Consultant
(206) 616-5875

Josh Nelson: fmclerk@uw.edu
UWSOM FM Clerkship Coordinator
(206) 543-9425

Carmelita Mason-Richardson: carmelit@uw.edu
Department of Medicine
(206) 543-3237

Sonya Fukeda: obclerk@uw.edu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
(206) 543-3892

MyLinh Nguyen: Mylinh.Nguyen@seattlechildrens.org
Department of Pediatrics
(206) 987-5869

Margie Trenary: trenam@uw.edu
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
(206) 744-4564