European College of Equine Internal Medicine

Assessment methods of resident performance

It is the responsibility of the supervisor to judge whether the resident is fit for the exam by signing off on the case log and exam application and providing a letter of reference. The resident’s performance during the training period can be assessed using workplace-based assessments (WPBAs) and by testing her/his knowledge using case presentations, journal clubs and observation of her/his clinical skills across all disciplines of the curriculum. Assessments can be supplemented by structured feedback to the resident within the training program, an integral part of the assessment process. WPBAs can be included in the final letter to the Education and Credentials Committee submitted with the case portfolio. The following WPBA methods can be used (examples found in the Appendices):

  • Multi-source feedback
  • Mini-clinical evaluation exercise
  • Direct observation of procedural skills
  • Case-based discussion
  • Client/owner survey