Residency

Set resident performance expectations

Residency Program Insider, November 10, 2017

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, Second Edition. For more information about this book, click here.

It is inevitable that you will have to address the issue of a resident who is having difficulties performing the expected duties of a physician-in-training. A well-developed resident disciplinary policy can guide the process of resident remediation and in determining the resident’s future status in the program.
 

In order to determine if a resident is performing unsatisfactorily, performance expectations have to be clearly stated. These expectations are made known to the resident in the form of written goals and objectives that the program director should review with all residents as a group during intern orientation. At minimum, residents should be given instructions about how to access goals and objectives for every rotation, which should be readily available in the program’s electronic portfolio. Each resident is expected to review the specified goals and objectives before the start of each rotation.



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