Critical synthesis package: medical course experience questionnaire

Richardson, John T. E. (2013). Critical synthesis package: medical course experience questionnaire. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 9:9353.



The MCEQ is an 18-item instrument that was developed for obtaining feedback from graduates of medical schools. It is a self-completion instrument administered by postal survey. It is intended to complement more generic instruments in providing evidence for quality assurance purposes. It contains four scales: clinical practice; becoming a professional; influences on health delivery; and professional support. Psychometric data come from a study of medical school graduates in New Zealand which achieved a response rate of only 30%. The items themselves possess good content validity and face validity, and the scale scores demonstrated satisfactory internal consistency. However, the scoring procedure is not clearly described, and the items probably constitute only three scales, not four. Further development work is needed if the MCEQ is to constitute a useful instrument for obtaining student feedback.

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