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Child Neurology Residency

Program Leadership and Committee Structure

Program Director

The Residency Program Director is appointed by the department chair. He/she is responsible for the supervision of the residents’ education and training. He/she chairs the Recruitment and Clinical Competency committees and also functions as a liaison between the faculty and the residents. The program director serves as a readily available resource for any resident encountering a professional or personal problem.

Program Coordinator

The Residency Program Coordinator is a staff administrator who assists the Program Director in the day-to-day and long-range operations of the residency program. A small sample of the specific duties include: submitting time sheets to the GME office, communicating with residents and faculty (by phone, e-mail or memo) regarding clinical assignments, organizing educational conferences, proctoring in-service examinations, managing resident orientation, and assisting with resident recruitment.

Recruitment Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing applications to the program, interviewing candidates, and developing the rank list. See Resident Evaluation and Promotion below. The committee is chaired by the program director and other members include the program coordinator, the neurology department chair, and various faculty representing different divisions of the department.

Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)

The main purpose of the CCC is to review resident performance and ensure that each resident is progressing in the program and on track to sit for the neurology boards. Twice each year, the CCC evaluates each resident with respect to the six core competencies defined by the ACGME: Patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, and professionalism. In addition, residents are expected to achieve specific milestones developed, in the case of neurology, in a joint venture between the ACGME and the ABPN. The CCC’s mission includes the assessment of each resident’s progress toward these milestones.

The CCC reviews residents’ NEX exams, evaluations submitted by faculty and ancillary staff, patient feedback, mentor comments, conference attendance, RITE Exam scores, and duty hours.

The CCC will also consider issues that affect resident performance, such as fatigue, stress, affective disturbance, and substance abuse.

After considering all of the above, the CCC will determine if the resident will be promoted to next level or graduate, or whether he/she requires remediation, non-promotion, or dismissal. Adverse actions taken by the CCC will comply with both departmental and UWHC policies regarding such. See the UWHC policies Resident Expectations and Discipline and Academic Improvement and Resident Grievances Related to the Learning and Working Environment.

The CCC is chaired by the program director; the other members are key faculty who are involved in resident education.

Program Evaluation Committee

This committee is responsible for monitoring and addressing a variety of matters related to overall quality of the residency program. These include:

  • Curricular goals and objectives
  • Aggregate resident performance
  • Faculty development
  • Graduate performance (e.g. board pass rates)
  • Compliance with ACGME standards
  • Conducting an annual program evaluation
  • Developing an annual program improvement plan

The committee is chaired by the program director and other members include at least one resident, the program coordinator, and various faculty representing different divisions of the department.

Each year, both residents and faculty are electronically surveyed regarding their assessments of the residency program. These are confidential (i.e. the faculty will not know which resident provided which assessment). In addition, the resident/s meet as a group meet on an annual basis to review the program, leading to a report written by the resident/s. The Program Evaluation Committee then conducts its annual program evaluation, reviewing:

  • The prior year’s improvement plan
  • Internal resident and faculty surveys
  • Resident milestones and RITE scores
  • Performance of program graduates on the board certification examination
  • Minutes from the program’s most recent meeting with UW’s GME Office
  • ACGME resident and faculty surveys
  • Other communications from the ACGME

The committee prepares an annual improvement plan of action, which is shared with the teaching faculty at the next faculty meeting.

Latest Revision: 5/12/22, Adam Wallace