The Residency Training Committee is comprised of both faculty and residents and is chaired by Mark Kinzie, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Residency Training. Faculty members are nominated by the director of Residency Training and appointed by the chair of the Department of Psychiatry. Resident members consist of a representative from each year of the training program, plus the chief residents. Membership includes a total of nine faculty and six residents.
Ultimate responsibility for the Residency Training Program at OHSU rests with the chair of the Department of Psychiatry, who delegates this responsibility to the director of Residency Training and the associate director, who in turn work with the Residency Training Committee to manage the program.
There are three main functions of the committee. The first is the design and implementation of the Residency Training Program itself. All aspects of the Residency Training Program are regularly reviewed and any changes are approved by the committee. The second is the evaluation of the program and the residents, which occurs on a quarterly basis. Any problems with resident performance or grievance procedures are managed through the committee. Third is the selection of new residents. After the resident applicants have been interviewed, the committee decides in which order they will be ranked as required by the National Resident Matching Program. The training committee meets twice monthly throughout the year.
At the beginning of each rotation during the Residency Training Program, faculty supervisors discuss specific educational and service goals and objectives with the resident. The faculty supervisors evaluate the performance of the resident based on these specific goals and objectives and the evaluation forms are designed accordingly. Written evaluations of the residents are submitted at the end of each rotation. Similarly, residents are provided with evaluation forms concerning their rotations and supervisors and are asked to submit them at the end of each rotation. Faculty and residents are encouraged to discuss frequently their assessments of one another on an informal basis and to discuss specifically their written evaluations.
All residents are seen frequently by the director of Residency Training for informal consultation and feedback. At least three times a year, each resident formally meets with the director or associate director of Residency Training to verbally review his/her performance and progress through the program.
In the fall of each year all residents take the Psychiatric Resident In-Training Examination developed by the American College of Psychiatrists. In the spring of each year, all residents receive an oral examination in the format of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The goal of these examinations is to provide each resident with standardized feedback on his/her progress and highlight areas which need to be strengthened.
On a yearly basis, the Residency Training Committee reviews the performance of each resident and of each rotation in the Residency Training Program. The assessments are based on the results of faculty and resident evaluations. A record is kept of each of the evaluation meetings, and residents and faculty are personally notified of any deficiencies or problems that have been identified. Advancement of residents to higher levels of training is made on the basis of their performance, and they are expected to demonstrate satisfactory growth in skills and knowledge, while exhibiting professional attitudes and conduct.
An individual resident's evaluations are made available to him or her upon request to the director of Residency Training or the chair of the Department of Psychiatry. Specific grievance procedures are specified in the resident contracts and due process is guaranteed.