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Subha Ramani - Harvard Macy Community Blog

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Subha Ramani

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Subha Ramani, MBBS, MPH, MMEd, PhD, FAMEE (Educators, ‘05; Assessment, ‘08; Leaders, ‘09; 2.0, ‘18) is a General Internist and Education specialist. Subha is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also serves as the Leader of Research and Scholarship for the Harvard Macy Institute. Subha’s areas of professional interest include qualitative research, curriculum design, assessment, feedback and faculty development. Subha can be followed on Twitter or contacted via email.


The Curious State of Self: Efficacy, Awareness, Disclosure and Reflection

Feedback conversations have fascinated me for nearly a decade. It is an undisputed opinion that feedback is the cornerstone of performance assessment and growth. Experts have been writing about this topic for decades. If we go outside the health professions education world, the business literature also abounds in feedback; they tend to focus on performance ‘appraisal’ and why it is important to have regular conversations on this topic with their employees. Business organizations are serious about performance of their teams and regular appraisal conversations are essential for effective teamwork.

So why do health professions educators continue to view upcoming feedback conversations with trepidation? And why do our learners at every level continue to disparage the quality of feedback provided to them? These adult learners are intelligent professionals who should be calibrating their own performance astutely and accurately and seeking feedback regularly- but are they?

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