Advancement Criteria

The decision to advance a fellow from one post-graduate year (PGY) level to the next is based on satisfactory progressive scholarship and professional growth. The Program Director, with input from the faculty, has the sole responsibility for recommending house officers for advancement.

The following is a list of criteria that the Program Director will use to determine advancement and graduation. For each level of advancement, continued satisfactory performance with prior advancement goals is implied.

For all levels of advancement

Each house officer shall:

  1. Attend 60 percent of all required conferences
  2. Follow all aspects of the at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Code of Professional Conduct, as described in the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Red Book
  3. Demonstrate appropriate, regular use of the medical literature to expand their knowledge base and improve patient care
  4. Demonstrate professional and effective interactions with all hospital staff, patients, colleagues, faculty, and students
  5. Demonstrate effective time management and prioritization skills
  6. Ensure timely and legible records in inpatient and ambulatory settings
  7. Demonstrate adequate self-assessment, acceptance of criticism, and responsibility for own actions
  8. Identify gaps in knowledge, awareness of personal limitations, and ask for help when appropriate
  9. Demonstrate respect, compassion, honesty, and integrity
  10. Be free of impairment related to substance abuse
  11. Maintain an accurate and up-to-date procedure log, and comply with required evaluations of the program and faculty
  12. Obtain certification in basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)

For graduation

Each house officer shall:

  1. Successfully complete all rotations, and meet program standards in all 6 Competencies
  2. Perform independently in the practice of inpatient and outpatient Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (CCEP), including diagnostic/interventional procedures in the Electrophysiology Laboratory
  3. Apply an evidence-based approach to complex clinical problems
  4. Perform effectively as a consultant in CCEP
  5. Successfully complete an academic research project, suitable for publication, to the satisfaction of the Program Director

Revised 9/2006