Tip of the week: Use a portfolio to assess residents' care

Residency Program Insider, November 20, 2012

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The resident portfolio may be a repository for the written results of resident work efforts, such as self-reflections and evaluations, case studies, patient care logs, procedural logs, presentations, and quality improvement projects. A portfolio can be used as a mechanism for tracking growth in the competencies, with the goal being a mastery of the competencies, by a specific time within the training period.

  • Components that may show competency in patient care include:
  • Invasive procedure/case logs
  • Monthly faculty evaluations
  • Direct faculty observation and evaluation of invasive procedures, including obtaining consent, confirming the site, conducting a timeout, and advising patients regarding adverse events of outcomes
  • 360-degree evaluations
  • Safety training courses

This week’s tip is from A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, by Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP; and Ruth Nawotniak, MS, C-TAGME.

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