|Residency Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Evaluations|
Each resident is evaluated on a monthly basis by the faculty and chief residents on the service that he/she just rotated on. There are also evaluations from administrative staff and medical students. These evaluations are sent to the resident through an electronic system (New Innovations) to review after each month’s rotation. The evaluations provide the residents with feedback and assist them in identifying strengths and weaknesses in a consistent and timely manner. The evaluations are also reviewed with the resident by their faculty advisor, twice yearly) as well as the residency program director (twice yearly). Residents also receive feedback from patients whom they treat, as well as clerical staff, in order to evaluate their professionalism and working relationships with other medical professionals.
Residents have faculty complete surgical evaluation cards for every surgical case they perform, to track their surgical skills. They also are credentialled to independently perform procedures that they carry out daily in their work. They also complete the Lifelong Learning series of articles and answer questions on these articles, as designed by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc. (ABOG). Residents complete online modules in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance that are assigned by Stony Brook Medical Center and the American Medical Association. There are also modules in Medicolegal Medicine, Cultural Competency, and Business of Medicine from AMA and ELM Exchange, as well as Reproductive Endocrinology (ASRM) Modules. The residents must also log their operative experience in the ACGME Op Logs website to tally their operative experience, which is monitored by the Program Director.
In July 2014, we will be changing our evaluation system to comply with the Next Accreditation System (NAS) of the ACGME. This new system will focus on Milestones developed by ACGME in conjunction with the Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency Review Committee (RRC). We hope to begin implementing this new system this Fall 2013 in preparation for the "go live" date in July 2014.
We have also developed a surgical curriculum, which is currently evolving. Residents will also be evaluated on their skills and surgical knowledge progress in this area.
The residents are also required to take the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) In-Training Exam. The exam is given on an annual basis. It gives the resident another method of self-assessment, an idea of how they stand up on a national level, and a predictor of how they might perform on Written Obstetrics and Gynecology Board Exams (ABOG).
Our residents also have the ability to review our Residency Program as well. They provide feedback on all rotations, which is reviewed by faculty. They also complete a Resident Survey administered by ACGME in February of each year, which is used in accreditation of our Program. In addition, the Graduate Medical Education Office, Designated Institutional Official (DIO), and Medical School Dean review our Program yearly to make sure we are consistently improving and keeping pace with new innovations in medical education.