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Graduation Questionnaire (GQ)

The AAMC Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is a confidential survey that fourth-year medical students across the country take between February 14 and June 9, 2023, during their final year of medical school.

How Do I Take the GQ?

Look for an email from on February 14, 2023. Reminders are sent monthly until the survey closes. Don’t see your email? You can also reach out to get the link.

Why Should I Take the GQ?

  • It is vital to IU School of Medicine’s continued LCME accreditation that a large percentage of students (80% or more) provide their feedback through the GQ each year.
  • The school uses the anonymous student feedback on the GQ to make tangible rapid and ongoing changes to the curriculum and overall student experience.
  • As a sign of the school’s appreciation, there are fantastic incentives available for students who complete the GQ!
  • It is a sign of professionalism and helps inform medical education at the national level.


Where can I learn more about the GQ?
How is the GQ different from S3 and other surveys I’ve taken?

The Strategic Student Survey (S3) is an IU School of Medicine-administered survey focused specifically on student experiences during fourth year. We are required to gather data through the S3 as part of reaccreditation.

The GQ is a different survey administered by AAMC to all fourth-year medical students in the United States. It looks at all four years of medical school and allows the school to compare its results to national benchmarks from other schools across the country. The GQ is also important for our accreditation status.

Why do I need to take both GQ and S3?

Both are vital to measuring student satisfaction and assessing your educational experience.

  1. The GQ lets us compare ourselves to other medical schools.
    We might see that 85 percent of students are satisfied with a specific element of medical education and be inclined to think we’re doing fairly well. But nationally, that might only put us in the lower quartile of all medical schools. The GQ gives us context and helps us identify areas that need work.

  2. The S3 enables us to gather real-time feedback from each year of medical school.
    Each class year takes a unique Strategic Student Survey (S3) that asks about experiences for the current academic year. The highly tailored format provides two advantages:
    • We can be nimble and make changes to specific phases of medical education without having to wait for the results of GQ after graduation.
    • We can measure the impact of any changes we implement by comparing results year-over-year.