Postgraduate Emergency Medicine

Evaluation & Advancement

Residents in the ED are evaluated through the use of a COMPETENCY-BASED framework developed at McMaster by EM medical education scholars with input from academic faculty. Daily evaluations of specific observed tasks and global performance are collected. Summative evaluations are performed at the end of each block by assigned faculty preceptors, with whom residents have worked most frequently.

Quarterly FRCP-style written BLOCK-EXAMS mirroring academic half-day content are administered. Residents also sit both ABEM and FCRP standardized IN-TRAINING EXAMS.

Beginning in PGY2, biannual FRCP-style MOCK-ORAL EXAMS are administered by academic faculty. In PGY5, the frequency increases as the year progresses, with weekly exams occurring during the late-fall/winter/spring.

Bi-annual PERFORMANCE REVIEWS with the Program Director and Assistant Program Director allow for consistent, comprehensive evaluation, goal-setting, and feedback as residents progress through the program.