Resident Evaluation

A fair and constructive process of resident evaluation and feedback should be a cornerstone of any residency program, and we believe the system we have worked hard to develop meets these criteria.

On entry to our Program, you will be assigned a Faculty Advisor, who will meet with you on a regular basis and follow your progress throughout residency. A copy of the "Resident’s Manual," containing an outline of clearly stated performance criteria for each stage of training is available on-line. In addition, prior to the start of each clinical rotation, you will electronically receive a set of rotation objectives and a summary of our expectations of you during the rotation. We believe our residents should understand at all times what is expected of them.

While we encourage daily feedback by the supervising attending to the resident, the formal evaluation process consists of an on-line written assessment, generated by the subspecialty faculty for that rotation. The six core ACGME competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, and systems-based practice are considered individually.  Under each competency there are sub-competencies based on the ACGME Milestones for Anesthesia.   The Milestones provide a framework to assess the development of the resident in the six core competencies as they relate to Anesthesiology.  They have not been designed to represent the entire scope of professional development of a resident.  Residents have the ability to view their evaluations on-line. After three and twelve months of training, and once every year after that (and more often when needed), you and your Faculty Advisor will meet and review these evaluations, discuss any issues that arise, and discuss career planning. In addition you will meet with the Program Directors on a regular basis but at least twice a year to review your progress.

Our Clinical Competency Committee meets twice a year to review resident performance and assess whether appropriate milestones have been met. Individual Faculty Advisors are asked to participate whenever matters involving their advisee arise. We attempt to discover any weaknesses as early in training as possible and work closely with the resident to improve those weaknesses. We also want to recognize strengths in performance and help the resident build upon these. We are here to stand behind our residents and do our best to make sure that they can do their best.

Residents have the opportunity to evaluate anonymously the clinical rotations as well as the faculty members with whom they have worked, with the aim of providing constructive feedback that will lead to improvements in either an approach to teaching or in the quality of the clinical rotations. In addition, residents have the opportunity to evaluate anonymously the program as a whole. The constructive feedback from the residents has led to program changes and innovations that we feel strengthens the training of our residents.


Columbia University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology