For faculty on the Academic Clinician, Clinician Educator, and Tenure tracks, teaching evaluations are an important component of the promotional dossier. Teaching evaluation data is used to ensure your efforts are in line with track and Academic Plan requirements, and of course, to ascertain teaching effectiveness. Teaching effectiveness is one component of the Perelman School of Medicine's tripartite mission.


Unevaluated Teaching

How to Document Unevaluated Teaching 

The following teaching activities count toward teaching effort credits, but are not formally evaluated by learners. To receive credit, therefore, it is important that you track these teaching types on the Workbook for Tracking Teaching. You might also choose to use a blank evaluation form.

The Workbook for Tracking Teaching will become a part of your dossier at promotion. Track all unevaluated and evaluated teaching in the workbook.

Your Education Officer may ask you to provide letters from trainees to be included in your Educational Database, the teaching component of your promotional dossier. You may also be asked to substantiate these teaching types by showing trainee productivity through scholarship or other projects.

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Evaluated Teaching

Clinical, Lecture, and Small Group Teaching 

Perelman School of Medicine Teaching Evaluation Form

Some of your assigned clinical, lecture, and UME small group teaching will be evaluated by learners via one of the following systems:

  • Biomedical Graduate Education: BLUE
  • Graduate Medical Education: MedHub
  • Medical School Students: OASIS

These systems export into an evaluation reporting program, which is updated every six months. With each update, you will receive an email notification with a link to your teaching evaluation data. Review your teaching evaluation data to ensure the following:

  1. Your teaching efforts in Clinical, Lecture, and UME Small Group are reflected. 
    • If your report is inaccurate, contact Academic Programs. 
  2. Your evaluations meet or exceed standards.

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Teaching Evaluation Reports for Teaching Completed On or Before June 30, 2017

HAMSTER (Housestaff and Medical Student Evaluation Record) reports are available for some clinical, lecture, and small group teaching that was delivered on or before June 30, 2017. HAMSTER is being replaced, so all captured teaching evaluation data from July 1, 2017 forward will be reported back to your department in a temporary system until a new evaluation system can be made available and standardized scores can be reset based on revised trainee evaluation forms.

HAMSTER Scores

HAMSTER reports reflect data from the previous three years. If your HAMSTER scores are in the "below expectations" range, or if you would like to improve beyond "meeting expectations" to "exceeding expectations," start with the Teaching Effectiveness section of this site, and consider contacting your department Education Officer. Your Education Officer will help you develop a plan for improvement, and point you toward relevant resources.

Accessing HAMSTER

You can access HAMSTER from My.Med. You will need your PennKey to log in.

Additional HAMSTER Notes

  • HAMSTER shows your mean teaching scores (with standard deviation) and number of evaluators.
  • Comparative data for the primary Department and the School are based on ratings for faculty on the Academic Clinician, Clinician Educator, Tenure, and Research tracks.
  • The bottom of the HAMSTER report has institutional expectations for meeting and exceeding expectations.
  • If there is no data for a particular category, the category will not be displayed.
  • Means will not display if there are fewer than 3 evaluations.
  • The summary data for clinical evaluations represent ratings on the single item for Overall Teaching Effectiveness.
  • Data for Lecture and Small Groups come from scheduling information provided by course directors, combined with registration information and students’ schedules. These evaluations are delivered through OASIS and students are asked to rate a single item, Overall Quality of Instructor.
  • Data for the other evaluations by Masters students are distributed and managed through the OASIS system. Each program decides how to enter faculty names eligible for evaluation. Data for Masters teaching come from a single item, Overall Quality of Instructor. No comparison data is provided for Masters courses.

Sample HAMSTER Report

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Teaching Evaluation Reports for Teaching Completed On or After to July 1, 2017

HAMSTER (Housestaff and Medical Student Evaluation Record) is being replaced, so all captured teaching evaluation data from July 1, 2017 forward will be reported back to your department in a temporary system until a new evaluation system can be made available and standardized scores can be reset based on revised trainee evaluation forms.

Going forward, as always, some of your assigned clinical, lecture, and small group teaching will be evaluated by learners via one of the following systems:

  • Biomedical Graduate Education: BLUE
  • Graduate Medical Education: MedHub
  • Medical School Students: OASIS

These systems will export into an evaluation reporting program. Review your teaching evaluation data to ensure the following:

  1. Your teaching efforts in Clinical, Lecture, and Small Group are reflected. 
    • If your report is inaccurate, contact Academic Programs. 
    • If any teaching is missing, contact Academic Programs.
  2. Your evaluations meet or exceed standards.

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