Remediation can be a daunting prospect. As a profession made up of motivated and achievement-driven individuals, it may represent the first perceived failure in a learner’s academic career. The aim of this section is to dispel this sentiment, and emphasize that remediation should not be viewed as a failure, but rather a tailored learning plan created with the intent of bolstering knowledge. The ultimate goal of remediation is to assist learners in succeeding, and the remediation plan should be constructed in such a way as to give the Resident the best possible chance of success in both their current rotation as well as their career as a whole.
The Education Advisory Committee receives numerous remediation requests from a wide variety of programs (both surgical and medical). Remediations are arranged for Junior and Senior Residents alike, and include supplemental learning objectives involving issues ranging from medical expert to technical proficiencies. We can assure you that whatever program, year, or highlighted area for improvement, you are not alone.
However inappropriate, it is a reality that the culture of Medicine encourages us to project infallibility and to hide our perceived weaknesses. Not only does this lead to undeserved feelings of shame and inadequacy when faced with educational set-backs, it can be harmful. Remediation is an undoubtedly stressful experience, and may be viewed as a perceived threat to one’s career. These feelings are understandable, but Remediation really is intended to be a supplemental learning plan, crafted with the intention of helping Residents meet their potential. Many of your peers have been in similar positions, and the overwhelming majority have succeeded in their remediations and are now practicing as excellent clinicians.
In addition to the Resident’s own support networks and stress-reduction outlets, the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences has a number of resources available to Resident Physicians to assist in traversing what is undoubtedly a stressful time (see below). The relevant policies and procedures related to remediation are also included below for your convenience.