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CMSRU Assessment & Evaluation

CMSRU Student Assessment

What is assessment?

Assessment is the cornerstone of education.  Assessment tools quantify students' academic strengths and challenges.  They give educators information about not only the performance of students, but also the performance of the curriculum.  CMSRU uses a variety of tools to assess student performance at both the formative and summative levels.  CMSRU's assessment team builds, delivers, analyzes, and reports on all assessments that occur in all four years of the undergraduate medical education curriculum.

Formative  Assessment

Formative assessment gives students feedback on their learning strengths and challenges and helps them identify areas where they need improvement in knowledge or skills before taking a high stakes examination or completing a clinical experience.

Summative Assessment

Summative assessments evaluate how fully a student has obtained the objectives and goals of the educational experiences, whether that is pre-clinical course or clinical block.  These are high stakes assessments that make up a large percentage of the student's grade in most CMSRU courses.  Summative assessments at CMSRU include:

Program Evaluation

The education program at CMSRU is never static.  CMSRU continually strives to enhance its curriculum to improve information delivery and student outcomes.  All aspects of the curriculum are evaluated, both by students and by faculty.  Evaluations are scheduled and disseminated by the assessment team.  Once the evaluations are complete, the assessment team reviews all evaluations, summarizes them, and distributes them to the appropriate administrative personnel.

Faculty & Resident Evaluation

Faculty and resident evaluations are an integral part of CMSRU’s continuous quality improvement model and program evaluation. Students evaluate CMSRU faculty and residents at pre-defined intervals in the academic year.  Students evaluate their interactions with residents and faculty in both the classroom and clinical environment.  The assessment team is responsible for operationalizing all aspects of the CMSRU evaluation plan, from building evaluations with faculty through analysis and dissemination of results to pertinent leadership for review.

Medical Education Research

The assessment team is part of multiple ongoing medical education research projects revolving around the CMSRU assessment system. The team collaborates with CMSRU faculty members on various projects, as well as serving as the data repository for all CMSRU faculty and students requesting data through IRB-approved projects.

Continuous Quality Improvement Monitoring

At CMSRU, the Office of Medical Education incorporates a continuous quality improvement (CQI) model to guarantee our processes and procedures ensure the highest quality medical education program. Through our standard operating procedures and CQI model, we can ensure the CMSRU education program remains in full compliance with accreditation standards while upholding our program competencies and objectives. The assessment team is responsible for monitoring this process for the Office of Medical Education. These duties include monitoring of evaluation report distribution, creating special reports related to program evaluation review,  tracking of the timeliness of grade posting, review of clinical encounter and procedure log reviews, review of evaluation compliance, and duty hour monitoring, to name a few.

Assessment Team-Managed Systems

The assessment team manages multiple systems utilized by the CMSRU community. Students, faculty, and staff receive extensive development related to the use of systems by way of voice-over PowerPoint presentations, How-to documents, orientation presentations, and one-to-one support.

Assessment Resources

The assessment team has prepared these Voice-over PowerPoint videos and How-To documents for faculty, staff, and students.  These videos and how-to documents offer step-by-step information about a variety of different items.

Videos for students:

Videos for faculty:

How-To PDFs for faculty and staff:

How-To PDFs for students:

How-To PDFs of general information:

Assessment Team

Office of Medical Education
3rd Floor
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Matthew Gentile, EdD
Assistant Dean for Assessment & Continuous Quality Improvement

David Swope, PhD
Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Jackie Hettinger, BA
Assistant Director of Assessment & Evaluation
Amy Kusmiesz, MS
Assistant Director of Assessment & Evaluation
(856) 361-2864