SETQ (System of Evaluation of Teaching Qualities) measures teaching qualities of individual clinical teachers. Clinical teachers are evaluated based on five educational aspects, more specifically: creating a positive learning climate, professional attuitudes towards the resident, communication of learning goals/expectations, giving feedback to residents and testing residents’ knowledge and skills. SETQ questionnaires are specific to each specialty.
It is expected that medical specialists working in academic centres combine responsible patient care with good clinical teaching and supervision of their future colleagues. Receiving feedback from residents on their own teaching qualities can be for the educators – here: all faculty that are involved in resident education activities – a source of support and motivation for further improvement of their own functioning.
The evaluation occurs via questionnaires. There is a questionnaire for residents and a (self-evaluation) questionnaire for the clinical teachers. The questionnaires are specialty-specific. All questions that are used in the SETQ system have been developed in collaboration with the faculty and residents of the AMC and other teaching hospitals. The quality of the questionnaires are being continuously studied. The questionnaires have been validated and found to be trustworthy (see publications).
Clinical teachers evaluate themselves and get evaluated by the residents as well. The clinical teachers fill in one questionnaire (the self-evaluation), the residents can fill in multiple questionnaires (for multiple teachers). It takes only a few minutes to fill out one questionnaire.
Participation in SETQ is anonymous for the residents. The individual feedback reports show only the number of residents who have completed the evaluation, but not the year of training or gender of the resident. This information is only used for research purposes. The SETQ is also anonymous for the teaching faculty (unless they have agreed to share the results with their peer teachers).
At the end of the pre-determined measurement period, all clinical teachers receive their individual feedback reports with the results of their evaluations.
Web based evaluation
The SETQ evaluation is completely webbased. Filling out the questionnaires as well as receiving of (individual) feedback reports per faculty member is completely automatic. The security of the SETQ system fulfils strict safety requirements.