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COMSEP Annual Survey

Purpose

The COMSEP annual survey facilitates scholarship pertaining to medical education by our members and enhances the diffusion of knowledge within the organization by providing a mechanism for streamlined administration of targeted surveys about members' views and practices on relevant educational issues. The first annual survey was conducted in 2009; since that time it has occurred on an annual basis.

This is a great opportunity for COMSEP members to become investigators, as the COMSEP Annual Survey is a mechanism which allows COMSEP members to ask questions of a nationally representative sample of leaders in pediatric medical education.

Interested in joining the Survey Committee? Please apply here.

COMSEP Annual Survey Process and Timeline 2017-18

The COMSEP annual survey facilitates scholarship pertaining to medical education by our members and enhances the diffusion of knowledge within the organization by providing a mechanism for streamlined administration of targeted surveys about members' views and practices on relevant educational issues.

The process has two parts:

  1. Submission of your ideas (this helps refine and hone your research questions)
  2. Submission of questions (if your topic/idea is selected for inclusion in the Annual Survey)

The annual survey committee reviews all submissions in a blinded manner and provides feedback to PIs. The proposals are ranked on importance to members, likelihood of publication of results and quality of the submission. Topics included in the annual survey in the last two years will not be considered for this year’s survey (please see the list of previous topics). If your topic is accepted for the survey, you will then be asked to write your survey questions and pilot test them to confirm that they take no more than 3-5 minutes to complete, before submitting the final questions by the end of December. It is likely that you will be asked to revise some of the language of the questions for clarity after pilot testing. Typically, 3-5 topics are selected for inclusion in the Annual Survey.

Investigators need to obtain IRB approval from their respective institutions, if needed, for analyzing the survey data provided to them; documentation of IRB submission/approval will be required before the investigators' questions can be included in the Annual Survey.

The survey for 2017 will be active for about 6 weeks, starting around the time of the COMSEP Annual Meeting. Eligible participants will be sent an email with a link to the survey plus a Username and password. Reminders will be sent every 2-3 weeks until the survey closes.

The timeline for 2017-18:

  • Survey Topic Submission Closes October 15, 2017
  • Invitation to submit questions November 15, 2017
  • Questions due December 31, 2017
  • Pilot testing complete by February 15, 2018
  • Revisions (if necessary based on pilot testing) due March 1, 2018
  • Target release of Annual Survey to membership March 28, 2018
  • Survey closes May 15, 2018
  • Data sets to investigators by June 15, 2018

Here are the links to the documents you will need:

Thanks and looking forward to seeing your great ideas!

Sherilyn


Serilyn Smith, MD
Interim-chair, Annual Survey Committee
Sherilyn.smith@seattlechildrens.org

A sample of recent publications from the survey:

  • Ryan MS, Levine LJ, Colbert-Getz JM, Spector ND, Fromme HB. Advising Medical Students for the Match: A National Survey of Pediatrics Clerkship Directors.Acad Pediatr. 2015 Jul-Aug;15(4):374-9.
  • Soares N, Wu Q, Kanungo S.Developmental-behavioral pediatric teaching of medical students: a national COMSEP survey. Teach Learn Med. 2014;26(4):366-72.
  • Vukin E, Greenberg R, Auerbach M, Chang L, Scotten M, Tenney-Soeiro R, Trainor J, Dudas R.Use of simulation-based education: a national survey of pediatric clerkship directors. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Jul-Aug;14(4):369-74.
  • Smith A, Stevenson A.Changes to pediatric clerkships' nighttime structure after introduction of the 2011 ACGME resident duty hour standards. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Mar-Apr;14(2):155-158.e1.