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Strategic Student Survey

The Strategic Student Survey (S3) was developed in collaboration with IU School of Medicine students, staff, and faculty on all nine campuses as a holistic way to obtain actionable student feedback on areas the school aims to improve. The S3 also compares student experiences across all four years of training to track continuous program quality improvement and identify areas that require rapid interventions.

The S3 complements national Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) questionnaires such as the Graduation Questionnaire (GQ), which provide vital benchmarks to show the educational experience areas IU School of Medicine needs to improve relative to other medical schools.

This report utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods to display results from the S3 administered to students in early spring.

S3 Dates

Phase 3 (Class of 2024): January 8 – 29

Phase 2 (Class of 2025): February 26 – March 11

Phase 1 Year 2 (Class of 2026): January 22 – February 5

Phase 1 Year 1 (Class of 2027): April 22 – May 6

Why should I take the S3?

Because your feedback matters.

Many improvements have been made thanks to past S3s. Based on feedback since 2020, here is how Medical Student Education has improved your education:

  • Phases 2 and 3: MSE added a study day and a clerkship NBME voucher before every NBME Clerkship Exam. We also expanded the OB/GYN rotation from four to six weeks.
  • Phase 1: We transitioned all phase 1 courses to using a single statewide recorded lecture video to ensure comparability.
  • New lead advisors have been put in place and the Department of Mental Health Services has continued expansion to meet student requests for great access with attention to the diverse needs of our student population.

Who is S3 feedback shared with?

The results of the survey include both campus-specific and statewide results. This information is shared with the deans, regional campus directors/deans, and governance committees to make changes to the curriculum each year. So, getting a high percentage of each class to complete the S3 is vital to get valid results.