Researchers Develop System for Grading Anesthesia Resident Performance

Researchers have developed a "reliable and valid clinical performance assessment system" for anesthesia residents at all levels of their training, according to a study published in the Sept. 2011 issue of Anesthesiology.

According to the study's abstract, valid and reliable assessment of resident clinical skills is essential for learning, promotion and remediation. In the study, anesthesia residents were evaluated confidentially on a weekly basis by their supervising faculty members. The electronic evaluation form contained five sections, including a rating section for absolute and relative-to-peers performance under the six core competencies from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residents and faculty members were provided with the resident's formative comments on a bi-weekly basis.

From July 2008-June 2010, 140 faculty members returned 14,469 evaluations on 108 residents. The researchers found that the performance scores were reliable and could be used to measure anesthesia resident clinical progress across all levels of training.

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