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Help residents, faculty understand Milestones

Residency Program Insider, November 18, 2016

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Clinical Competency Committees Made Simple. For more information about this book, click here.

Each program should sit down annually with resident and faculty groups to review expectations for assessment rating and completion. This task could be completed as part of the annual program evaluation, at a staff meeting, or during a resident conference. Have everyone review your current Milestones, discuss their purpose, and consider soliciting feedback about the best ways to assess certain areas.

If program size allows, it may be helpful to discuss Milestones as a single group, including both faculty and residents in the same discussion. Doing so would unify the process and ensure that everyone has the same vision. 

This is a good time to remind faculty about the importance of giving appropriate, timely, constructive feedback, either verbally or in writing. Residents will not learn if they are not aware of their deficiencies, and they should be encouraged by their strengths. Remember also to discuss the importance of ongoing constructive feedback during the rotation itself; no resident should be surprised when they receive their written evaluation.
 



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