Doctors' Writing Contest 2011 Overall Runner-up: Why evaluations matter

February 25, 2011

In the military where I received my residency training and spent the first four years of my medical career as an attending physician, evaluations were sacrosanct.

OPPORTUNITY FOR FEEDBACK

As a physician leader, it is easy to plead busyness, competing priorities, or a lack of know-how when it comes to completing employee evaluations. However, doing them can provide enormous benefits to your organization. Evaluations are often appreciated by those being evaluated as a way to assess and obtain feedback on their performance, an opportunity to receive the undivided attention of their supervisor to discuss their goals, plans, and professional future, and a chance to share concerns, worries, or problems.

Methods for completing evaluations range from the very formalized to the extremely unstructured. What follows are some general tips to make this part of your job an enjoyable and successful one:

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