Evaluation Mechanisms

Education Policy Committee

The Education Policy 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 directors, who in turn work with the Education Policy Committee to manage the program and review rotations/curriculum.

The main function of the Education Policy Committee is to periodically review aspects of the training program including individual rotations, lecture series, policies, the training office itself and the program as a whole. Residents investigate and create reports for each bi weekly focus which are in turn reviewed with the rotation coordinator/didactic coordinator and the committee. The group discusses each area's strengths, areas for improvement and recommendations for improvement are provided. The committee re-visits each area annually to assess implementation of improvement strategies and determine any new areas of concern.

Resident Progression Committee

The Resident Progression Committee is made up of the residency Training Director and Associate Directors, the Education and Training Manager, the administrative chiefs and selected faculty members totaling 9.

The purpose of the Resident Progression Committee is to review issues surrounding individual residents, to assess individual educational needs and to discuss special requests from the resident body to come to a group consensus. The group also serves as a progression committee at the end of each academic year.

Evaluation Mechanisms

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 Progression 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.