The Mount Sinai Guidelines for Evaluation
- A member of the Geriatric Medicine Faculty will review and critique all patient assessments, comprehensive care plans and follow-up provided by the fellow.
- Evaluations will be completed by appropriate faculty members after each clinical rotation; a research evaluation will be completed by the research mentor after each research block. Copies of these evaluations are in the last section of the handbook.
- Clinical Competency Committee will meet each September, November, February, and June to review these evaluations. The Program Director will review evaluations with each fellow twice yearly. However, fellows may review their evaluations at any time by requesting a meeting with the Program Director.
- Fellows will complete an evaluation of each rotation and attending (see attached). These will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee; attendings will also receive cumulative feedback.
Evaluation of Fellows by Faculty
Fellows are advanced to a level of higher responsibility and permitted to graduate from the program only on the basis of satisfactory performance evaluations. If a fellow's performance in any category is deemed unsatisfactory, this is documented in the file and the fellow is informed of this during a performance evaluation or at another time if necessary. Up to three faculty members of the fellowship committee meet directly with the fellow to inform him or her of the problem, counsel the fellow as to how the problem can be corrected, and establish a timetable for correction. The content of this meeting is then documented in the file. Failure to correct unsatisfactory performance may constitute dismissal from the program.
Fellows are evaluated by one or more clinical faculty at the conclusion of each clinical rotation. The criteria are those used by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Average scores are computed at the end of the year for purposes of accreditation.
Clinical Competence Evaluations
Fellows' performances are evaluated four times yearly by the faculty members of the Clinical Competency Committee. Each fellow meets twice yearly with the fellowship director to review the written clinical and research evaluations as well as any verbal feedback that might have been conveyed. Strengths and weaknesses are discussed in detail, with suggestions offered for improvement in specific areas. At this time fellows have the opportunity to give specific feedback about any problems they have encountered or assistance they require. Meetings with the fellowship director will also occur if the rotation or competency committee evaluations suggest a concern with the fellow’s performance.
Periodic monitoring by the research committee as noted in the program description occurs in order to keep the fellow "on track." A written evaluation by an identified mentor is completed at the end of each research block. A formal presentation of the completed research project is given in the spring of the second year. This presentation is judged by academic faculty.
Evaluation of Rotations and Faculty by Fellows
After each rotation, fellows are expected to complete evaluation forms, and are encouraged to give verbal feedback to the fellowship director at any time. The purpose of the evaluations is to continuously improve the rotations and ensure that they meet the needs of individual fellows as well as the requirements of the program as a whole. At the end of the year one or more fellowship meetings is devoted to voicing opinions and making suggestions about specific rotations.
Fellows are encouraged to speak to the fellowship director, individual faculty, or the chief fellow confidentially if other formats are not adequate for this purpose.
Fellowship Academic Coordinator
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574