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Give effective formative feedback

Residency Program Alert, May 1, 2008

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A mnemonic device can help you remember the key elements

There is no question that the shift to competency-based education (CBE) has changed the face of medical education. As a result, program directors and faculty have had to change the way they evaluate residents.

There are two types of evaluations instructors use to assess residents: summative and formative. Summative evaluations measure a resident’s progress and competency at a certain time. Program directors often use them to determine whether to promote a resident.

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