The Evaluation System is under constant
review by the Faculty. Any of the rules and regulations published here
or in previous calendars must not be considered inviolate; the Faculty
reserves the right to change any of these rules and regulations at any
time, although in general such changes will not come into effect in the
middle of an academic year. Faculty policy is formalized in the
following .pdf document
entitled "Evaluation and Promotion in Postgraduate Training Programs",
hard copies are available at the Associate Dean's Office.
The 2012 guidelines expire on June 30, 2013.
The Faculty reserves the right to require
the withdrawal at any time of any trainee who is considered incompetent
and/or unsuitable for medical practice by the Faculty Postgraduate
Promotions Committee. Progression in a program to the next
academic level, including funding, occurs if all rotation periods during
the year have been completed with Satisfactory or higher global
The in-training evaluation
system used in McGill postgraduate training programs is similar to that
used in the other Quebec and Canadian medical faculties. We have moved
to specialty specific forms, now that we have adopted the McGill
Rotation Evaluation System (MRES/one45). Your Program Director
will apprise you of your program's objectives and evaluation media.
Final In-training Evaluation Reports (FITER'S) are of major
importance for both licensing and certification in a specialty or in
Family Medicine. In most provinces, a license for the practice of
medicine will only be issued after the certification of the satisfactory
completion of a residency based on in-training evaluation reports and
the successful completion of the certification examinations. The Collège
des médecins du Québec, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada require
satisfactory in-training evaluations before a trainee is admitted to the
In the McGill postgraduate training
programs, attending staff physicians and surgeons or service chiefs
complete a confidential Rotation In-Training Assessment report (ITER) for each trainee at the end of each rotation. The supervisor
should discuss with the trainee his or her performance on that
particular rotation. The McGill evaluation ratings are as follows:
- Superior: Far exceeds reasonable expectations
- Satisfactory: Meets reasonable expectations
- Borderline: Often falls short of reasonable expectations
- Unsatisfactory: Falls far short of reasonable expectations
"Reasonable expectations" should be appropriate to the level of
training of the candidate.
Twice a year, the Program Director and/or
the Residency Program Committee meets with each trainee
and goes over their performance in that timeframe. At the end of the period of training, a final
evaluation, which is a summary of all in-training evaluations is sent to
the Royal College or other specialty certifying boards as requested by
the trainee. The McGill Final In-Training evaluation report (blue form)
is completed at the end of training/residency, and will be used for
credentialing and verification purposes.
Faculty Postgrad Promotions Committee
The Faculty Postgraduate Promotions
Committee is a standing committee which reports to the Associate Dean
for Postgraduate Education. A primary role of this Committee is to
monitor the evaluation and promotion process, and to ensure that
residents and fellows are treated in a just and fair manner. The
Committee can review the entire record of any trainee who is in academic
difficulty. All promotion and probation decisions must be approved by
the Faculty Postgraduate Promotions Committee.
The Committee will review the entire
record of any trainee who has been engaged in unprofessional, unethical,
inappropriate or criminal behaviour. It can require the withdrawal of a
trainee from a training program for academic or non-academic reasons.
The Associate Dean can make and approve promotion
and probation decisions, pending ratification by the Faculty
Postgraduate Promotions Committee. The Committee must review and approve
any decision taken by a Program Promotions Committee or by the Associate
Dean which requires the withdrawal of a trainee from a training program,
for academic or non-academic reasons.
Evaluation of the Faculty and
The evaluation of the teaching faculty
and rotations by
trainees is mandatory. At the end of each rotation, the trainee is
required to complete an electronic evaluation via the MRES system of
both Faculty and Rotation when their Rotation In-training Evaluation
becomes available. This type of feedback is most important in
helping to continue to improve the format and quality of the programs.
Every six years, the McGill postgraduate
medical residency programs are reviewed and evaluated by joint
committees of the Collège des médecins du Québec, the Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians
of Canada. Such an on-site survey took place at McGill in April 2006. It
is the responsibility of the Faculty Postgraduate Medical Education
Committee and the Program Directors to ensure that changes recommended
by these joint committees are made. The next visit is scheduled
for April 2012.
Internal reviews of programs are
conducted by members of the Faculty of Medicine on an ongoing basis.
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