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05 Oct, 2022
Multi-source feedback (MSF) is a way of getting ratings from colleagues, both senior and junior, medical and non-medical, on the strengths and weaknesses of the trainee being evaluated. It should highlight what they do well, and what could be improved. It is particular good at identifying problems in behavioural and attitudinal problems that may not be recognised by other methods. It is a formative assessment, NOT a summative one; it seeks to identify problems that need to be addressed, and to reinforce good professional behaviours. It has the advantage of providing a firm evidential base for any identified problems, rather than relying on gossip with colleagues.