Is our residency program successful? structuring an outcomes assessment system as a component of program evaluation

Laura Torbeck, David F. Canal, Jennifer Choi

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Objective In an attempt to better define the success of our residency program with regard to resident development, we committed to develop an ongoing assessment of residency performance and devised an outcomes assessment system. Design We describe the process and structure that we used to construct an outcomes assessment system. We discuss the process we used to discern whether or not our program is successful as well as offer tips on what data to collect and track should other residency programs decide to devise a similar outcomes assessment database. Conclusion Taking time to "step back" to take inventory of a residency program and ensure year over year and at the end of training residents have developed and matured as planned is an educationally sound practice. Structuring an outcomes assessment system like the one that we discuss here can aid program directors with this important task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • assessment
  • outcomes
  • program evaluation
  • residency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education

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