This month’s journal club was written by Molly Curtis, M’16 referencing a Journal of Graduate Medical Education article: Resident Perceptions of Giving and Receiving Peer-to-Peer Feedback by de la Cruz MS, Kopec MT and Wimsatt LA.

Peer feedback has the potential to add an important and new dimension to the resident feedback process and foster a “feedback culture” within a residency program. Alternatively, it is conceivable that such feedback may strain interpersonal working relationships and evoke negative emotions. In order to maximize the level of engagement and applicability of peer feedback it is important to explore resident perceptions of the feedback process. De la Cruz et al. piloted an online peer assessment tool with family medicine residents at University of Michigan to gain insight into the peer feedback process.


Discussion questions:

  • Do you think that peer-to-peer feedback is as valuable as attending feedback?
  • Is peer-to-peer feedback more or less threatening to the receiver?
  • What do you see as the potential role of peer evaluation in residency education?
  • If you were asked to evaluate a peer, what barriers would get in the way of providing meaningful feedback?
  • Do you feel that competency in peer-to-peer feedback delivery is an essential professional skill?
  • Do you feel that you are adequately prepared to give peer feedback?
  • What components might make peer evaluation successful and useful to you?
  • If a more formal peer evaluation system was incorporated into MMC residency programs, what would you want it to include?


1. de la Cruz, Maria Syl D., Kopec, Michael T., Wimsatt, Leslie A. Resident Perceptions of Giving and Receiving Peer-to-Peer Feedback. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, June 2015. DOI:

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