Residency

Set resident performance expectations

Residency Program Insider, May 4, 2018

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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.

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.

Minimum performance standards for each level of residency need to be established and listed in the goals and objectives. The expected progression of improved performance from novice to expert is outlined in the specialty’s Milestones and in the course evaluations. Residents are to be informed that failure to meet these minimum standards or inability to progress as outlined will result in disciplinary action.



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