In 2019, after five graduating classes and countless stories of transformation, the PLA commissioned a data-driven evaluation to understand the impact of the programming on the fellows, their healthcare systems, and their communities. Results found fellows engaged strongly and consistently in curriculum and coaching throughout. Even more, results showed that graduates made statistically significant gains in mindfulness, personal growth, and professional growth. With this class, we now will have three years of comparable data and we look forward to Dr. Gregg Gascon's analysis of the data.
About 4 years ago the Columbus Medical Association Foundation wished to have all of its major grants formally evaluated by an outside evaluator. After searching for whom they wanted, they hired Gregg Gascon, Ph.D. They also decided to start the process with the PLA. As we prepared for the first-year evaluation of the class of 2019-2020 we asked Gregg to also create an evaluation platform that we could use in subsequent years so we could get year-over-year evaluations. The evaluation of the 2019-2020 class was so positive that we decided to write a paper about the evaluation that has now been published in the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. What you see here is that paper. With the conclusion of this class 2021-2022, we will have three years of data. The second-year evaluation data was as stunningly positive as the first. We now anxiously await seeing year three data.
-Phil Cass, Ph.D. | Curriculum & Evaluation Co-Director