Fall “Mini” DOM Clinical Teaching Faculty Retreat: The Empty Comment Box – How to write high-yield evaluations when you are always squeezed for time

December 7, 2021
Please Note: This is a virtual event via Zoom


Meeting ID: 816 9770 7409  Passcode: 2021


Written evaluations are used by trainees to reflect on their growth and development. They are used by the residency program, fellowships, and the medical school to assess whether trainees are meeting milestones and competence. Hence what a faculty member writes carries a great deal of meaning. Written evaluations are not easy to complete, and a well-crafted evaluation can take time, which most clinical teaching faculty do not have. This virtual retreat, led by a national leader on this topic, will explore best practices for writing high-yield evaluation that benefit everyone and save time.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for all of the clinical teaching faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as faculty from  Newton-Wellesley Hospital. This includes primary care preceptors, sub-specialty educator coordinators, inpatient attendings, intensive care unit attendings, cardiology inpatient attendings.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize the bias in language used in written evaluations.
  • Develop an understanding of best practices of written evaluations.
  • Practice writing a high-yield written evaluation.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital and Mass General Brigham


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/07/2021 - 4:30pm EST
Event ends: 
12/07/2021 - 6:00pm EST


Welcome & Introduction
Kathleen Finn, MD, MPhil & Jay Vyas, MD,PhD


Words Matter: Improving Quality and Decreasing Bias in Narrative Evaluations
Karen Hauer, MD, PhD                           


Workshop: Filling in the Empty Comment Box
Nesli Basgoz, MD; Kathleen Finn, MD, MPhil; Leigh Simmons, MD;
Alaka Ray, MD; Karen Hauer, MD, PhD             


Kathleen Finn, MD, MPhil



Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
United States

Kathleen Finn, MD, MPhil – Course Director
Inpatient Associate Program Director Internal Medicine Residency Program,
Massachusetts General Hospital;
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jay Vyas, MD, PhD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Associate Physician in Medicine,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Karen Hauer, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Competency Assessment and Professional Standards,
Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Nesli Basgoz, MD
Associate Chief and Clinical Director, Infectious Disease Division,
James Jackson Firm Chief, Department of Medicine,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Leigh Simmons, MD
Medical Student Educator,
Director, Internal Medicine Clerkship for Harvard Medical School Students,
Massachusetts General Hospital

Alaka Ray, MD
Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Training,
Internal Medicine Residency Program,
Massachusetts General Hospital;
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Participation


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