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Frequently Asked Questions

Students

I am a fourth-year medical student trying to access the GQ. How do I sign in?

On February 14 a unique link to the GQ will be sent from GQ@aamc.org to your the email address that the AAMC has on file from your school's registrar. You do not need to sign in or have your AAMC ID -- all you need is the email from us containing your unique link. Because each link is private and individualized, do not ask another student for their link, and do not forward your link to anyone else. If you cannot find our email with your link (check your junk or spam filter), send an email to GQ@aamc.org and we will send it to you.

Also, ensure that your school has made you eligible to take the 2017 GQ. You are eligible only if you are graduating with an M.D. degree in academic year 2016-2017, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

I completed the GQ but I would like confirmation. What do I do?

At the end of the survey, you can choose to send a Confirmation email to yourself after the survey is submitted. Your survey also ends with a printable Confirmation Page, which you can print out even if you have completed the survey. Use your original GQ link to re-enter your survey, scroll through your saved responses, and press the "Submit" button at the end of the survey to find the Confirmation Page. Re-entering and re-submitting your survey does not affect your GQ completion status, and you are free to change your responses before the survey closes.

How do I know my answers are confidential?

Student responses are stored in a database at the AAMC. The AAMC does not release any personally identified data to schools or other organizations. The GQ has been reviewed by the American Institutes for Research IRB to ensure that necessary safeguards for human subjects are present and will continue to exist.

When is the GQ open for students' responses?

The 2017 GQ is scheduled to open Valentine's Day, February 14, and be available to students until June 9. Even completed surveys can be revised any time before June 9.

Are students required to complete the GQ?

Participation in this survey is entirely voluntary; students have the right not to answer any question or set of questions if they so choose and will not be penalized in any way.

If students have any questions about the Graduation Questionnaire or their rights as participants, please contact the AAMC Office of Human Subjects Research Protection at humansubjects@aamc.org or 202-909-2071.

Medical School Administrators

How can school administrators track their students' progress and completion?

School administrators can sign into the GQ Tools Web site (AAMC Sign in required).

GQ medical school administrators use GQ Tools to review the Participant List of eligible graduates. Eligibility for the 2016 GQ is graduation in academic year 2016-2017, from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

GQ medical school administrators also use GQ Tools to monitor the overall response rate to the GQ. Schools will see only aggregate response rates; an individual's completion status will not be displayed.

How can my school improve its response and completion rate for the GQ?

  • Having the dean personally communicate the importance of the GQ and how the school uses GQ data
  • Establishing the completion of the GQ as a routine final-year activity for each class and part of their professional responsibility (but not as an official requirement for graduation)
  • Offering creative incentives such as prize drawings for those who have completed the GQ
  • Providing easy access to computers

    • By designating computer lab time for the survey
    • By reserving computers solely for the survey in the medical library or other sites
  • Designating a GQ completion week prior to graduation
  • Using GQ promotional and reminder materials such as posters, postcards, and newsletters

For more information about the GQ, please email us at GQ@aamc.org.