Unit: Medical Education
Program: Medicine (MD)
Degree: Doctor, Medical
Date: Thu Oct 01, 2015 - 10:24:29 am

1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

  1. Life-Long Learning Skills: Graduates will be life-long learners.
  1. The Biological Sciences: Graduates will understand the biological sciences underlying clinical medicine.
  1. The Care of Patients: Graduates will be able to care for their patients with increasing responsibility, and seeking and responding to appropriate evaluation and supervision.
  1. Oral and Written Communication Skills: Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with patients, families and other healthcare providers.
  1. Populational and Community Health: Graduates will appreciate the epidemiology of disease and the role of the physician in public health and global health issues, particularly those important to Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.
  1. Professionalism: Graduates will be professional and ethical, demonstrate an enthusiasm for medicine, and value honor, integrity, altruism, respect, accountability, excellence, scholarship, and leadership while delivering compassionate care to their patients.
  1. Personal Health and Well-Being: Graduates will maintain personal health and well-being.

1) Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) and Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu/JABSOM/admissions/objectives.php?l1=mdp&l2=currS
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://jbows.jabsom.hawaii.edu/view/url/76327/77507
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA
Other: On framed posters displayed throughout the medical school and in clinical departments
Other: On pocket-sized cards distributed to all faculty

3) Please review, add, replace, or delete the existing curriculum map.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2015:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) Did your program engage in any program learning assessment activities between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015?

No (skip to question 16)

6) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period June 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015? (Check all that apply.)

Create/modify/discuss program learning assessment procedures (e.g., SLOs, curriculum map, mechanism to collect student work, rubric, survey)
Collect/evaluate student work/performance to determine SLO achievement
Collect/analyze student self-reports of SLO achievement via surveys, interviews, or focus groups
Use assessment results to make programmatic decisions (e.g., change course content or pedagogy, design new course, hiring)
Investigate curriculum coherence. This includes investigating how well courses address the SLOs, course sequencing and adequacy, the effect of pre-requisites on learning achievement.
Investigate other pressing issue related to student learning achievement for the program (explain in question 7)

7) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place in the last 18 months.

Results of the USMLE Step 1 examination for JABSOM students were reviewed. This examination is taken at the end of the second year of the program.

Findings from the Graduation Objectives Survey are developed into a report and reviewed by the Curriculum Committee. The questions reflect the GLO's.

8) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 6? (Check all that apply.)

Direct evidence of student learning (student work products)

Artistic exhibition/performance
Assignment/exam/paper completed as part of regular coursework and used for program-level assessment
Capstone work product (e.g., written project or non-thesis paper)
Exam created by an external organization (e.g., professional association for licensure)
Exit exam created by the program
IRB approval of research
Oral performance (oral defense, oral presentation, conference presentation)
Portfolio of student work
Publication or grant proposal
Qualifying exam or comprehensive exam for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation (graduate level only)
Supervisor or employer evaluation of student performance outside the classroom (internship, clinical, practicum)
Thesis or dissertation used for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation
Other 1:
Other 2:

Indirect evidence of student learning

Alumni survey that contains self-reports of SLO achievement
Employer meetings/discussions/survey/interview of student SLO achievement
Interviews or focus groups that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Student reflective writing assignment (essay, journal entry, self-assessment) on their SLO achievement.
Student surveys that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Other 1:
Other 2:

Program evidence related to learning and assessment
(more applicable when the program focused on the use of results or assessment procedure/tools in this reporting period instead of data collection)

Assessment-related such as assessment plan, SLOs, curriculum map, etc.
Program or course materials (syllabi, assignments, requirements, etc.)
Other 1:
Other 2:

9) State the number of students (or persons) who submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

Approximately 70 students completed the USMLE Step 1 examination.

Sixty-four students completed the Graduation Objectives Survey in April 2015.

10) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)

11) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)

12) Summarize the results of the assessment activities checked in question 6. For example, report the percent of students who achieved each SLO.

96% of JABSOM students received passing scores on the USMLE Step 1.

Overall, the means obtained from the Graduation Objectives Survey were in a positive direction (i.e., students reported higher means on items in the fourth year of the program in comparison to their first day of medical school).

13) What best describes how the program used the results? (Check all that apply.)

Assessment procedure changes (SLOs, curriculum map, rubrics, evidence collected, sampling, communications with faculty, etc.)
Course changes (course content, pedagogy, courses offered, new course, pre-requisites, requirements)
Personnel or resource allocation changes
Program policy changes (e.g., admissions requirements, student probation policies, common course evaluation form)
Students' out-of-course experience changes (advising, co-curricular experiences, program website, program handbook, brown-bag lunches, workshops)
Celebration of student success!
Results indicated no action needed because students met expectations
Use is pending (typical reasons: insufficient number of students in population, evidence not evaluated or interpreted yet, faculty discussions continue)

14) Please briefly describe how the program used the results.

The medical school Curriculum Committee reviewed the results of the USMLE Step 1 examination for JABSOM students as well as the Graduation Objectives Survey findings. Overall, it was felt the scores reflected the students are well prepared for the national licensing exmaination and reported a greater ability, over time, towards meeting the SLOs.

15) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, and great achievements regarding program assessment in this reporting period.

In recent years, JABSOM students scored above the national average on the national licensing examination (USMLE Step 1). This reflects the hard work and commitment of the students, as well as structure and content of the curriculum, efforts of the faculty, and effectiveness of the program evaluation plan.

16) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.