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Resident Performance Evaluation and Feedback

Formative and Summative Assessment Processes

We view the formative assessment process as the primary mechanism for supporting residents’ attainment of more advanced levels of competence through learning and performance improvement. Therefore, we incorporate multiple strategies as part of the ongoing formative assessment process. These include creating an Individualized Development Plan (IDP), receiving informal supervisory feedback, and participating in a 360 degree assessment and devising an associated action plan. The summative process, while designed to serve as an end-point or outcome measurement, is also intended to enhance residents’ competence. This summative assessment process occurs twice per year (6 months, 1 year) unless a resident is manifesting problems of professional competence. It includes the following strategies supervisors’ assessment using the Competency Assessment Tool, Self-Assessment using the Competency Assessment Tool, and assessment by the residents’ supervisees using the Graduate Student Supervisee Assessment of Postdoctoral Resident as Supervisor Form. Data from these three assessments are discussed during each summative assessment meeting. For more detail about the program’s formative and summative assessment processes, please refer to the Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology Handbook.

Residents’ Feedback about Supervisors and the Program

At the summative assessment points, the residents have the opportunity to provide feedback about their supervisors using the Postdoctoral Residency Supervisor Assessment Form. They also provide formal feedback on the postdoctoral residency seminar and their overall experience as postdoctoral residents. In addition to these two formal evaluation periods, informal and verbal feedback is ongoing. 

Grievance and Due Process Guidelines and Procedures

At the beginning of the training year, all postdoctoral residents are provided with Grievance and Due Process Guidelines and Procedures. This document: (1) describe the program’s goals and responsibilities and residents’ rights and expectations for their performance; (2) defines competence and competence problems; (3) presents guiding principles to ensure due process are presented; (4) delineates actions that may be taken if the program has concerns about a trainee’s performance (verbal and written warnings, remediation plan, probation, termination, and hearing and appeal); and (5) discusses informal and formal procedures for grievances that are initiated by a resident. For more detailed information, see the program’s Grievance and Due Process Guidelines and Procedures.