STANDARD 9: There is continuous improvement of the educational experiences, to improve the residency program and ensure residents are prepared for independent practice
The Residency Program Committee (RPC), in collaboration with the Program Director (PD) oversees all aspects of postgraduate residency training Public Health & Preventative Medicine (PHPM) at UBC. This includes educational design, policy and process development, selection of residents, assessment of resident progress, resident safety and wellness, and continuous quality improvement (CQI).
RPC Terms of Reference
The PHPM CQI process is defined in the attached file.
PHPM CQI Process
Some ways we review the educational experience are:
We introduced “collector” forms that allow residents to assess multiple teaching faculty during one rotation. This ensures that if the resident works with more than one faculty member during their rotation, all of the faculty members receive an evaluation. With this new process, the program has more opportunities to collect feedback on each faculty member, shortening the length of time it takes to receive enough responses to release feedback directly to faculty.
In Summer 2022, PHPM residents conducted a wellness focus group during their resident retreat. Residents identified 13 recommendations that would impact their wellbeing as residents in the PHPM program. The program responded to each of the recommendations, clarifying how the program has fulfilled or intends to fulfill the recommended actions.
Academic Half Day sessions are evaluated weekly, and twice per year the residents are prompted to provide a summative evaluation of weekly Academic Half Day longitudinal themes (exam prep, research, resident wellness).
Some ways we ensure residents are prepared for independent practice are:
We implemented Workplace Based Assessments. These are low-stakes, high frequency assessments that support supervisors to provide feedback to a resident on a specific project, case, or mock oral exam. Residents are assessed based on an “entrustability score”, which provides reliable assessment of resident performance.
End-of-rotation summative evaluation forms (ITERs) have also been updated to reflect resident performance against rotation specific competencies. Residents are assessed based on their stage of training.