Adult Gastroenterology Training Program

Adult Gastroenterology Residency Program Committee
Terms of Reference

The Residency Program Committee (RPC) assists the Program Director in the planning, organization, and supervision of the Adult Gastroenterology Training Program.

Composition of Committee

  1. Program Director chairs the RPC.
  2. The RPC is composed of representatives from major components of the education program. The Program Director, after consultation with the Divisional Chief, appoints individual committee members. Members are typically chosen because of their interest in resident education.
  3. The RPC includes representation from the residents in the program, at least one of whom is to be a resident representative, selected by his or her peers.

The RPC meets regularly, at least quarterly, and keep minutes. Agenda and any relevant documentation are pre-circulated to RPC members prior to each meeting. Minutes are sent to all staff and residents, as well as the Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Education and the General Internal Medicine Program Director. 

Responsibilities of the Residency Program Committee

The RPC is responsible for the overall operations of this two-year residency program. This includes the global objective of providing the environment, mentorship and uniform experience whereby each resident will have access to the educational experience sufficient to successfully complete the program objectives. The RPC committee is responsible for assisting and contributing to the program functions for the Adult Gastroenterology Training Program at McMaster University, including the following important domains:

  1. Training Program Design
    1. The development of a clear program plan including goals and objectives based on CanMEDS competencies relating to knowledge, skills, and attitudes and based upon the objectives of training in the specialty as published in the specialty training requirements of the College. The plan includes the methods by which the objectives are to be achieved and the role played by each rotation and by each participating institution.
    2. The conduct of the program including the rotation of residents to ensure that each resident is advancing and gaining in experience, skills and responsibility in accordance with the educational plan.
    3. Conducting an annual review of the program to assess the quality of the educational experience and to review the resources available in order to ensure that maximal benefit is being derived from the integration of the components of the program. The opinions of the residents are considered in this review. Appropriate faculty / resident interaction and communication must take place in an open and collegial atmosphere so that a free discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the program can occur without hindrance. This review includes:
      1. an assessment of each clinical and academic component of the program to ensure that the educational objectives are being met
      2. an assessment of resource allocation to ensure that resources and facilities are being utilized with optimal effectiveness
      3. an assessment of teaching  in the program, including teaching in areas such as biomedical ethics, medicolegal considerations, and administrative and management issues
      4. an evaluation of the performance of each teacher and / or supervisor
      5. an assessment of the learning environment of each component of the program
  2. Resident Evaluation
    1. The assessment of performance of each resident through a well-organized program of in-training evaluation.
    2. Evaluation and promotion of residents in accordance with policies determined by the Postgraduate Education Committee. This includes evaluation for the completion of the Final In Training Evaluation (FITER) at the end of the program as required by the College.
    3. Coordination and development of the bi-annual mock OSCE / written exam
  3. Appeals
    1. The maintenance of an appeal mechanism in accordance with policies determined by the Faculty Postgraduate Education Committee.
    2. Receive and review Level One appeals from residents which are unresolved at the informal stage with the rotation supervisor and, where appropriate, refer the matter to the Postgraduate Education Committee.
  4. Recruitment
    1. The selection of residents for admission to the program including application reviews, interviews and ranking of candidates.
  5. Resident Well-being
    1. Maintenance of mechanisms by which residents receive career planning and counseling
    2. Maintenance of mechanisms for residents to access available services to manage stress and performance problems

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