A 360-degree evaluation is performed to evaluate professionalism and communication skills. A resident is expected to meet average standards in his/her professional, technical and ethical performance. The program director discusses resident performance with each individual every six months, making certain that the resident has appropriate professional growth and skills to proceed to the next year. Items evaluated in the resident evaluation forms include basic medical knowledge, case log, clinical judgment, administrative skills, technical competence and personal attributes.
Operative evaluations are also performed on index cases. You may not be told when it will be done; however, you can only be evaluated on a case in which you have previously participated.
Similarly, to enter the chief resident year, a resident must have obtained an appropriate level of performance in the opinion of the majority of faculty members.
Residents are required to take the AUA In-Service. Performance is reviewed at a faculty meeting to direct attention to areas of apparent weakness. Faculty are encouraged to sit the In-Service to better understand what is on the exam. Resident scores will be kept in the resident's personnel file. The exam is available to all residents.
Residents anonymously complete a faculty assessment form annually, which addresses characteristics and attributes that include teaching ability, availability and role modeling. Blinded information is assembled by the residency coordinator and presented for review to the program director. Each faculty member meets with the program director to review and discuss not only the evaluation of the faculty by the residents, but also the scholarly activities of the faculty.
The Urology Section performs a yearly internal program review with faculty and residents, whereby various elements of the program are assessed for satisfactory completion of the educational goals. Residents complete a program evaluation form annually which addresses the extent to which the residents' educational goals and objectives are fulfilled, with special concern regarding the balance between the educational and service components of the program.
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