CME Course

Best Practices for Survey Use in Medical Education: How to Design, Refine, and Administer High-Quality Surveys

In this podcast, Drs. Tanya Nikiforova and Emmanuelle Yecies discuss the evidence and expert-supported best practices for designing and reporting on surveys in medical education research.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and healthcare providers of all specialties.

Goals and Objectives

Surveys are commonly used in medical education, yet educators and researchers often fail to follow best practices for survey design, administration, and reporting in manuscripts. In this podcast, Drs. Tanya Nikiforova and Emmanuelle Yecies discuss the evidence and expert-supported best practices for designing and reporting on surveys in medical education research, a topic they and coauthors Drs. Andrea Carter and Carla L. Spagnoletti address in an upcoming article in the Southern Medical Journal. Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Name the steps of designing and administering high quality surveys in medical education research; 
  • Identify the characteristics of both well-written and poorly-written survey questions;
  • Apply principles of survey design to write and revise surveys for use in their own research.

Course Information

CME Release Date:  July 8, 2021
Valid for credit through: July 7, 2022
Course type: Audio Podcast
Estimated time of completion:  45 minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of  .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

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Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

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  • Complete the attestation, post-test (if applicable), and evaluation.

Upon successful completion of these components, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Southern Medical Association (SMA) requires instructors, planners, managers, and all other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose conflicts of interest (COI) with ineligible entities within the last 24 months of the development of this activity. All identified COIs are thoroughly vetted and mitigated prior to the release of the activity. SMA is committed to providing its learners with high quality activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The content of the CME certified activity does not relate to products or services of an ACCME defined ineligible entity. Therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to identify and no conflicts of interest to identify or resolve. 

Invited Speakers

Tanya Nikiforova, MD, MS, is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Nikiforova completed internal medicine residency training at the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and subsequently received a Master's Degree in Medical Education through the Academic Clinician Educator Scholars Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. She joined faculty as a clinician educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine in 2018 where she practices inpatient and outpatient general internal medicine, and serves as Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Emmanuelle Yecies, MD MS, is a staff physician and medical director for the Women’s Health Clinic at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. Dr. Yecies graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2014 before completing a residency in Internal Medicine at UPMC. She went on to complete a three-year fellowship in Women’s Health and General Internal Medicine through the University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh, during which she obtained a Master’s Degree in Medical Education. She is now a practicing clinician at VA Palo Alto where she spends her time caring for women Veterans, developing educational materials, and teaching about Women’s Health. 

Southern Medical Association Staff
Jennifer Price, MA

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