The New Innovations system is used to track resident evaluations throughout the program. Areas of performance evaluation include the core competencies, milestones, and assessment of level appropriate surgical skills. Residents are evaluated by faculty members, nursing staff, ancillary health care personnel and patients. Residents evaluate faculty and the program both of which are anonymous and collected as to not identify the evaluator. Each resident is evaluated on his or her surgical skills outlined in the bio skills section of the handbook. Further, both residents and faculty have the opportunity to evaluate the program annually.
Residents are evaluated using a variety of methods including:
- End of rotation, faculty evaluations based on the six core competencies.
- Multi-source or 360-degree evaluations from nurses or techs, patients, self, peers and students
- Chart reviews
- Mock oral exams
- Skills assessment
- Transitions of care
In aggregate, these reports and Orthopaedic in Training Examination (OITE) scores are considered in semi-annual (and more frequent if necessary) meetings with the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) and the program coordinator. Areas of excellence in each core competency are recorded. In areas of difficulty, the program director requests that the resident create a plan for improvement and success. These plans are reviewed with the resident's mentor, the CCC and the program director. Progress will be monitored by the program director at monthly meetings, or more frequently if need be, until the difficulties are resolved.