Evaluation and Feedback Mechanisms

As the position of the trainee involves a combination of supervised, progressively more complex and independent functions (both clinical and research) and formal educational activities, the competence of the trainee is assessed formally at 6 month intervals by those faculty members responsible for his/her supervision in both clinical and laboratory rotations. Note, however, that the evaluation of trainees is a continuous process in that Fellows meet with their clinical or research supervisors on a daily basis and thus receive constant feedback concerning their performance.

Fellows must successfully carry out the responsibilities described above for each level of training. Evaluation of the fellow’s progress through the program will be based upon the following requirements:

  • Demonstration of clinical competence on each rotation
  • Satisfactory performance on written and oral examinations
  • Attendance at all mandatory conferences
  • Completion of patient follow-up responsibilities
  • Satisfactory preparation and delivery of assigned presentations
  • Formal documentation of an adequate number of procedures
  • Completion of research project (scholarly project defined by ABP)

As part of the formal evaluation process, faculty and peer evaluations of Fellows are completed at 6 month intervals (December and June) using a web-based system (New Innovations) that protects the anonymity of evaluators. The evaluations are then reviewed by the Program Director and discussed among the divisional faculty at a regularly scheduled faculty meeting. Soon after, the Program Director meets with the Fellow to review the overall evaluation. At this meeting, the trainee is offered the opportunity to provide written comments and/or rebuttals. At the completion of Fellowship training, the Fellows meet with the Program Director for a final evaluation. The award of a formal certificate acknowledges successful completion of the residency or Fellowship program.