The purpose of the Education Advisory Committee (EAC) is to serve as an advisory body regarding major decisions related to postgraduate trainee progression and promotion, especially those related to possible Remediation, Probation, Suspension and Dismissal/Withdrawal from the Residency Program. The EAC is guided by two goals. The primary goal is to maximize the likelihood of successful remediation. The second is to ensure that, whatever the outcome the execution of all remediations and probations is fair and reasonable, and will withstand any scrutiny. Achievement of those goals requires a formal role in the governance of remediations and probations, as well as a supportive role as a source of advice and resources.
The responsibilities of the EAC include all of the following:
Remediations and Probations are typically very challenging for Program Directors. Stakes are high, timelines are short, and trainees are vulnerable. Fortunately, few PD’s encounter more than one or two remediations during their tenure. However, that means there is little opportunity to become facile with the complex processes involved. The EAC is a standing committee of engaged educators who have expertise in this area and are there to support PDs as well as trainees. Program Directors are encouraged to reach out to the chair or a member for advice as soon as they realize that they have a resident who is struggling.
The best approach to Remediation starts with the first sign of difficulty. Solid program design and early detection are the foundation, as described in our First Steps section. Once difficulty is identified, a clear description of the problem is crucial, as described in our Diagnose section. Early intervention with Modified Learning Plans prior to formal remediation may allow the trainee to avoid a remediation entirely, but when remediation is necessary, a solid Design will ensure the best possible outcomes.