Department of Surgery Evaluation, Feedback and Resident Development



Resident performance is closely monitored by the attending staff.  Formal evaluations are made on a monthly basis.  If deficiencies in skill or knowledge are found, a plan to correct the situation is implemented immediately.  All residents are required to sit for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination annually.

Evaluation. As per recommendations from the ACGME, our program employs a multisource evaluation methodology (a.k.a. 360-degree Assessment), whereby residents are evaluated by faculty, fellows, medical students, other residents, and themselves.  Multisource evaluation is based on the assumption that multiple sources of assessment (i.e. faculty, peers, students, self) each offer somewhat unique data on resident performance.  We use New Innovations ( to administer and collect faculty and peer evaluations of residents.

Feedback and Development. Residents have access to completed evaluations by Faculty at any time either by logging in to New Innovations or viewing their folder in the Residency Coordinator’s office.  Additionally, a comprehensive, individualized feedback report is generated for and distributed to each resident on a semi-annual basis.  The Program Director or Associate Program Director meets with each resident twice a year to discuss their performance and to assist in creating a developmental plan to address deficiencies based on the SWOT analysis. 

Evaluation of Faculty, Rotations and the Program

At the end of each rotation, Residents are asked to complete anonymous evaluations of Faculty and Rotations using global rating scales on New Innovations.  Faculty are never allowed to see individual completed evaluations by residents.  Faculty have access to feedback reports that summarize this data in December and June, thereby further protecting resident anonymity.  Faculty are also evaluated by the Program Director and complete self evaluations annually.  In addition to online evaluations on New Innovations, residents are given the opportunity to complete paper based evaluations of Faculty and Rotations, should they prefer.  Data from these evaluations are used to help Faculty develop their teaching skills and to improve rotations.

Residents are asked to complete evaluations of the General Surgery program on a semi-annual basis.  This comprehensive evaluation survey may be completed online on New Innovations, or by hand using printed versions of the same survey.  The results of this survey are summarized and distributed to Faculty and Residents semi-annually.

Resident Education Committee.  A dedicated group of Faculty meets every week to discuss the educational program and evaluation data, and to monitor the progress of the program very carefully.  This committee includes the Program Director, Associate Program Director, Professional Educators, Champions of Surgical Education (in General Surgery, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Surgical Oncology), and the Chief Residents.

Residency Curriculum Committee.  The Residency Curriculum Committee meets twice a year, and is comprised of representative surgical faculty from each of the surgical clinical specialties through which the residents rotate and resident representatives from each PGY level.  This committee reviews and discusses evaluation data of Faculty, Rotations and the Program with the purpose of identifying deficiencies and coming up with solutions when needed. 

Resident Improvement Committee. Comprised solely of resident representatives from each PGY level, this committee meets at least quarterly to discuss resident issues and propose solutions.  The Administrative Chief Resident leads the discussion and records minutes which he/she presents to Faculty at the Resident Education Committee.