Promotion process

Performance evaluation
Established means by which each resident's performance is assessed by faculty members and chief residents include:

  • Clinical evaluation – Residents are evaluated at the end of each of their rotations by full-time and voluntary faculty and, when appropriate, chief residents. The completed evaluation forms are reviewed by the program director and placed in the resident's file.
  • Mock oral exams for PGY-3, PGY-4 and PGY-5 residents.
  • Quarterly meetings with program director.
  • Bi-annual evaluation meeting – A formal discussion about the resident's performance with full-time and voluntary faculty. This takes place every six months.
  • Osteopathic surgery in-service exam – Residents are required to take this exam and score at or above the 35th percentile.
  • Academic conference attendance – Residents are required to attend each of the following conferences: basic science lecture, clinical science, grand rounds, journal club, and morbidity and mortality conference.
  • Teaching evaluations – Residents are expected to assume a positive and effective teaching role on morning rounds, in the operating room, on call and in a classroom.
  • Prior to graduation, residents must prepare and submit for publication a manuscript on a clinical or basic science topic. 

The Department of General Surgery will annually review the clinical and academic performance and progress of each resident in order to determine their suitability for promotion or graduation. The measures that the department uses for resident evaluation are as follows:

  • First, patient care and management on each rotation as documented by the full-time and voluntary faculty survey forms. The resident should review his/her evaluations with each attending they work with to receive timely feedback on their performance. Major performance deficits will be grounds for remediation, probation, repeat of the rotation or year or dismissal.
  • Second, attendance at academic conferences (morbidity and mortality, grand rounds, basic and clinical science lectures) is mandatory for all residents. Failure to attend a significant number of any of these conferences will be grounds for probation.
  • Third, residents must take the osteopathic surgery in-training exam annually. Failure to score above the 35th percentile will be grounds for academic probation.
  • Fourth, residents are expected to contribute to the academic and scholarly mission of the department. This will be evaluated by student and resident teaching and overall faculty assessment surveys.
  • Fifth, residents must comply with all hospital and departmental record-keeping and documentation requirements. This includes timely submission of operative case lists (surgical operative logs) and morbidity and mortality reports. A pattern of lateness and non-compliance will be grounds for probation. When a resident is placed on probation a remedial program will be instituted to correct the particular deficits. Failure to meet departmental standards in these areas when a resident has been placed on probation will result in either their expulsion from the program or their having to repeat the year of training at the same level. If a year of residency is repeated, the resident will be expelled if departmental standards are not met in that year.