Educational Support and Assessment
To ensure that residents are successful in their training program and to maximize learning opportunities, the Department of Family Medicine's Postgraduate Education Program has articulated a framework for educational support and assessment.

Resident Educational Support and Assessment Framework [draft]

Providing comprehensive educational support optimizes the learning environment for residents and can identify early on residents who need additional supports. The elements of the Department of Family Medicine’s residency educational support strategy includes:

Resident Orientation

Each new resident receives an orientation to the teaching site and program. As part of this process, residents complete a self-assessment questionnaire, which provides the basis for an initial education plan.

Assignment of a Primary Preceptor

At the start of the residency program, each resident will be assigned a primary preceptor. The primary preceptor also plays the role of faculty advisor, and is responsible for professional coaching over the two years of his/her residency.

Clinical Supervision

A preceptor is assigned to supervise a resident each time the resident does clinical work. The teachers are available to discuss and review patients.

Verbal feedback is provided on a daily basis and at least twice weekly, preceptors will document feedback using Field Notes or End-of-Shift Reports.

To ensure reliability of assessments, and to ensure residents are exposed to different practice approaches, multiple family medicine supervisors (three to four per year) provide supervision to a same resident.
Reflection in Practice
Residents are encouraged to reflect on their clinical activities and, during family medicine time, are expected to document their reflections on a twice-weekly basis using Resident Field Notes. These are for the resident’s use only and are not used in assessment of the resident.

Education Plan

To support residents in achieving short- and long-term learning goals, all residents will have a documented education plan, which will be reviewed at least twice yearly.

The Department of Family Medicine's Postgraduate Education Program's approach to resident assessment includes the following components: