Clinical and Academic Assessment
Residents are responsible to review rotation objectives and in-training assessment reports (ITARs) prior to the start of the rotation.

Residents are assessed not only on knowledge and skills but also on attitudes and professional behaviours. Assessment includes both formative and summative approaches.

To maximize validity, overall assessment is based on the collection of observations from multiple teachers, in multiple settings or contexts, and provides a representative sample of the abilities of the resident. During family medicine block time, the primary preceptor is responsible for collecting information and completing the ITAR on behalf of the group of supervising preceptors. On specialty rotations, the physician site rotation coordinator is responsible for the completion of the ITAR.

Assessment Tools

Assessment tools have been designed to link to family medicine foundational and domain-specific competencies articulated in the Department of Family Medicine's Residency Competency Framework, available here.

Residents are also assessed on performance of other learning activities such as QI projects, PEARLS exercises, and completion of mandatory courses.


Residents are assessed at the following times:


All residents receive feedback on a daily basis. Documentation of feedback is in the form of Faculty Field Notes, Direct Observation Form or End-of-Shift Reports. See the documents and forms page for related materials.


A formative assessment at the midway point of each rotation. These are available in VENTIS as well as on the documents and forms page.

End-Rotation (ITAR)

A summative assessment occurs at the end of each rotation. These are available in VENTIS. You can also see the documents and forms page for related materials.