Residents are evaluated through a variety of mechanisms that allow for self-reflection and self-correction as part of practice-based learning and improvement. Evaluations are conducted by supervising faculty as a part of each rotation to ensure residents achieve competency and confidence in their clinical skills. As part of the new ACGME evaluation mandate, residents also receive constructive feedback on interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism from parents/patients and nursing/allied health personnel/office staff. Residents are given the opportunity anonymously to review the program and all teaching faculty as well as every rotation. These reviews and suggestions are actively used to improve the curriculum, rotations, and overall program quality.
Each resident has a faculty advisor with whom he/she is expected to meet with regularly. During these formal meetings, faculty advisors discuss faculty and resident evaluations, ITE scores, general academic counseling, career counseling, and personal counseling. Faculty advisors provide guidance and assist with the development and implementation of residents’ individualized learning plan (ILP), an AAP career development and tracking tool. Residents meet with the Program Director on a formal basis semi-annually to discuss strengths and areas for improvement. The faculty advisors and Program Director maintain an “open door” policy, encouraging residents to share personal or programmatic concerns on an ad hoc basis. Residents are free to access and review the files with evaluation feedback at any time. Confidentiality of information is protected at all times.