The purpose of this study was to assess an instrument for the peer review of inpatient teaching at Mayo. The Mayo Teaching Evaluation Form (MTEF) is an instrument, based on the Stanford seven-category educational framework, which was developed for the peer review of inpatient teaching. The MTEF has 28 Likert-scaled items derived from the Stanford Faculty Development Program form (SFDP-26), the Mayo electronic evaluation form and three additional items. In this study three physician-evaluators used the MTEF to evaluate 10 attending physicians on the Mayo general internal medicine hospital services. Cronbach's alphas were used to assess the internal consistency of the MTEF, and Kendall's coefficient of concordance was used to summarize the inter-rater reliability. Results of this study reveal that the MTEF is internally consistent, based on average ratings across all evaluators (Cronbach's alpha=0.894). Stanford categories with the highest alphas are Self-Directed Learning, Learning Climate, Communication of Goals, and Evaluation. Categories with lower alphas are Feedback, Understanding and Retention, and Control of Teaching Session. Additionally, the majority of items on the MTEF show significant agreement across all evaluators, and teacher enthusiasm was among the most reliable items. In conclusion, the MTEF is overall internally consistent for the peer review of inpatient teaching at Mayo. Hence, the MTEF may be a useful element in the peer evaluation of teaching at our institution.
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