Assessment and Outcomes
The Assessment and Outcomes Office (AOO) of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (California & Oregon) is responsible for programmatic quality oversight and learning outcomes tracking within the college.
The AOO meets its goals through a variety of strategies including:
- Constructing evaluation tools and managing the system by which students evaluate all their courses and blocks in the preclinical curriculum;
- Collecting, analyzing and managing student evaluation data, and subsequently distributing these results to the block and clerkship directors, Curriculum Committee and Faculty Assembly;
- Developing faculty evaluations for the preclinical curriculum, managing the system by which students evaluate their faculty, and distributing the reports to each faculty member and their department chair;
- Working with course and block directors in the preclinical curriculum to create structured reports showing summary assessment data, as well as programmatic & institutional learning outcomes (PLO/ILOs), following each course or block, and presenting these reports to the Curriculum Committee;
- Working with core clinical rotation directors (COMP department chairs) in the clinical curriculum to create structured reports showing summary assessment data (COMAT), as well as programmatic & institutional learning outcomes (PLO/ILOs), following each year of clinical rotations, and presenting these reports to the Curriculum Committee;
- Developing faculty evaluations for the clinical curriculum, managing the system by which students evaluate their clinical faculty, and distributing the reports to each faculty member and the appropriate department chair;
- Working directly with curriculum directors and others in the COMP faculty for the creation and evaluation of assessment tools to monitor student performance and progress toward achieving COMP and WesternU PLO/ILOs throughout the curriculum;
- Supervising programmatic review of the COMP osteopathic medical curriculum on a regular basis;
- Collaborating with other curriculum offices at COMP to disseminate aggregate assessment data through student dashboards;
- Following trends of aggregate and disaggregated data regarding national board examination performance;
- Actively monitoring professional and institutional accreditation requirements related to assessment and evaluation; and
- Assisting with medical education research and scholarship through consultation with COMP faculty on educational research design and implementation, survey construction, statistical analysis, and manuscript development.