C-Change Surveys

Drawing on in-depth interviews with male and female faculty in five academic medical centers, the validated C-Change Faculty Survey was developed to systematically explore and document the experiences of medical school faculty and the organizational culture in their academic medical centers.1-5 The survey was fielded to a stratified random sample of faculty at 26 nationally representative U.S. medical colleges, providing normative data to allow medical schools using the C-Change Faculty Survey to compare themselves with other similar institutions.

The validated faculty survey has been adapted for medical students and for residents to measure their perceptions of their learning environment and professionalism, and offers insights into the "hidden curriculum." The three C-Change surveys are available for use by academic medical centers wishing to assess and improve their culture and existing practices in order to create a more academically productive, inclusive, diverse and humanistic environment where all people can thrive.

Faculty, Resident and Medical Student Surveys

The validated C-Change Faculty Survey© assesses the institutional culture for faculty and their professional experiences including: extent of vitality, trust, feelings of being valued and belonging, inclusion, respect, race, ethnicity and gender equity, mentoring, valuing diversity, anti-sexism and anti-racism skills, and change agency for equity. The validated C-Change Faculty Survey has been used by institutions across the country and by the NIH in studies, including the NIH FIRST Program. The survey provides an assessment framework for inclusive excellence.

The C-Change Medical Student Survey© assesses the learning environment and the development of professionalism among medical students. It consists of 48 questions that assess relationships, trust, feelings of being valued and belonging, ethical issues, gender and diversity equity, perception of their school’s support for career development, and other constructs related to the professional development of students.

The C-Change Resident Survey© assesses the clinical learning environment and the culture of professionalism from the perspective of residents. The survey directly aligns with many of the new ACGME Pathway objectives, (CLER).

“The survey offered us extremely important information that will be critical to explore further and act upon.”