This summer, I went for observership training in the department of emergency medicine. I was assigned a supervisor who never showed up. I attended the evening shift at the ER anyways, approached on-call physicians and asked for permission to follow around, learn and assist if possible. Towards the end, I was given an evaluation form and since there was no supervisor and none of the physicians I had adequately followed was on-call, I handed it over to an attending who I had worked with for two days. I was surprised she gave me a low mark on patient communication skills because on the very same week, she asked me for assistance with history taking from a difficult patient. Thought maybe I wasn't up to her standards, until a colleague came expressed her surprise as well because she was given a better evaluation when she was mostly an observer and didn't engage in patient communication. I was just wondering, what to do in that situation? Would you check with the attending? Is it worth discussing anyways? P.S. Apologies for the extremely lengthy post.