The effect of medical student feedback about resident teaching on resident teaching identity: a randomized controlled trial
Yuan, D.; Bridges, M.; D'Amico, F.J.; Wilson, S.A.
Family medicine 46(1): 49-54
ISSN/ISBN: 1938-3800 PMID: 24415509 Accession: 056306478
Residents often teach medical students, other residents, and patients. However, few residents get feedback about their teaching. This study's objective was to determine if feedback from medical students increases resident teaching identity. This was a stratified, single blinded, randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention. Residents were stratified based on year of residency and then randomized to receive feedback by medical students or not. Medical students evaluated resident teaching effectiveness by ranking resident ability to apply the five microskills for clinical teaching and to role model being an effective clinician. Residents were surveyed to determine their level of teacher identity before and after the intervention. Allocation concealment and intention to treat principles were used. All residents (n=32) that met inclusion criteria participated with complete response rate to both pre-intervention and post-intervention surveys. There was no difference in teaching identity between residents who received feedback and those who did not, except in one subscale of the Teacher Identity Scale-global teaching identity, where residents who received medical student feedback scored lower. There was no difference between intervention and control group in resident teaching identity over time. The residents found feedback important. This was a randomized controlled trial with strong methodology that helps advance understanding of the importance of medical student feedback on resident teaching.