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More feedback, please

As residency programs begin reporting residents’ progress as part of the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System, program directors and clinical competency committees are looking for easier ways to obtain and analyze data about resident performance.

Turns out, residents want the same thing.

A team that developed a computerized tool to assess resident performance at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine surveyed 48 anesthesiology residents about performance feedback. A strong majority said they wanted frequent updates about their performance based on defined performance metrics, according to a report published in the January issue of Anesthesiology. Only five agreed or strongly agreed that they currently receive timely feedback about performance.

The tool developers created provides “near-real-time feedback” by pulling data from case logs on five performance measures:
•    Antibiotic administration
•    Glucose monitoring
•    Central-line insertion
•    Pain management
•    Temperature management

The tool allows program directors and residents to access performance data, depicted in charts showing performance over time, at a password-protected website.