Most often, formal feedback can be scheduled at the mid-point and end-point of the learning experience and may also be referred to as summative feedback. Both are essential components of the learning process.
The midpoint feedback or evaluation can be used to:
- review learning milestones;
- assess a student’s progress and to plan goals and learning for the remainder of the placement; or
- identify behaviours or skills that may require amelioration .
End-point feedback and evaluation , also referred to as summative evaluation, can be used to:
- rate a student’s performance;
- determine the extent to which the student has achieved the goals of the placement;
- determine whether a student is qualified to enter the next stage of the program.
 The Mountain Area Health Education Centre (MAHEC), Department of Continuing Medical Education. Setting Expectations: An Educational Monograph for Community-Based Teachers. 1-25. Retrieved from https://portal.utpa.edu/portal/page/portal/utpa_main/daa_home/hshs_home/pasp_home/pasp_preceptors/preceptors_files/Setting%20Expectations.pdf
 The Mountain Area Health Education Centre (MAHEC), Department of Continuing Medical Education. Evaluation – making it work: An Educational Monograph for Community-Based Teachers. 1-24. Available online: https://portal.utpa.edu/portal/page/portal/utpa_main/daa_home/hshs_home/pasp_home/pasp_preceptors/preceptors_files/Evaluation.pdf