Resident Remediation Is Successful…Usually

This large observational study of all University of Toronto residency programs may be of interest to residency directors.  Overall, about 3% of residents were referred to a university-wide board for remediation; similar percentages of residents were referred from all programs, except none were referred by pediatrics.  Medicine and family medicine tended to refer residents in their first year, whereas surgical programs tended to refer residents in later years.  Residents referred for remediation tended to have deficiencies identified in multiple competencies, most commonly medical expertise, professionalism, communication skills, and managerial skills.  Eighty percent of referred residents successfully completed their programs, after remediation which averaged about 6 months in length.  The remediation is otherwise not well described in this article. — Laura Willett, MD

Zbieranowski I., et al. Remediation of Residents in Difficulty: A Retrospective 10-Year Review of the Experience of a Postgraduate Board of Examiners. Acad Med. 2013 Jan;88(1):111-116.

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