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January 2007

Feedback Improves Performance: Validating a First Principle

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(1):103-104. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.1.103

Feedback from others on how we perform as individuals is an essential part of physician education from medical school through medical practice. As R. B. Gunderman recently noted:

We see what we do in part through the eyes of others, and when we are doing our best, it is important to feel that others recognize our contributions. Recognition speaks more directly to our identities and roles as professionals. It touches directly on the work we do and what it means to us. It also highlights what our work means to our colleagues, our programs and the people we serve.1(p122)