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Invited Commentary
January 2016

The Continuing Quest for Meaningful Faculty Evaluations of Residents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(1):31. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.3094

In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Ray et al1 report their findings at their institution, the University of Miami, Miami, Florida, on the (non)relationship between performance on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) and the mean scores of faculty evaluations. Several thoughts and conjectures stem from their study.

First, the authors cite their use of the measures from the General Surgery Milestone Project as their base for evaluations in the New Innovations Residency Management Suite online system for the study period 2011 to 2014; however, the General Surgery Milestone Project was under development in 2011 and only became effective for general surgery in July 2014. The 6-monthly resident performance review and conversation with the program director or associate program director have been part of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Surgical Residency Review Committee program requirements for decades.

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