Feedback is essential to an educational program. It is imperative that the relationship created during rotations instills a mechanism of evaluation and critical assessment as part of the learning process. Periodically, fellows will meet with faculty to openly discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the program, its faculty, and its participants. Evaluations are web-based and include the ACGME and ABIM process.
Standard ABIM competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills and professionalism are the principles to which each fellow and mentor are held accountable. The program director closely monitors the fellows' activities and develops schedules which adjust to the needs of the individual fellow. This include a weekly evaluation by the interventional cardiologist who modifies the program as needed.
Each fellow’s strengths and weaknesses are addressed routinely. Procedure numbers and type are a critical component of each fellows education and are addressed weekly. We encourage feedback during program and in an effort to constantly improve the program, an exit interview is required so that fellows can provide a more detailed assessment of their experience. At 12 to 24 months post training, an additional interview is conducted to provide an assessment of the program's strengths and weaknesses. This interview is also used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in terms of the individual’s career development.