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Assessment

Field Notes

At Queen’s, assessment is competency- and portfolio-based.

As a resident, you will have access to an assessment dashboard that will contain assessments from each of your rotations and activities. Assessment will be both objective (through Field Notes, observed encounters with patients, and summative assessment forms) and reflective (self-assessments, reflective exercises, and other feedback mechanisms).

We strive to ensure that most assessment happens in-clinic, as this has been shown to be a reliable and effective means of assessing high-level cognitive, attitudinal, and procedural skills necessary for success in our training program. These assessment practices are guided by the College of Family Physicians' document Assessment Objectives for Certification in Family Medicine.

Each rotation and experience will have specific EPAs that have been mapped to assessment objectives, however we encourage you to also develop your own supplementary objectives or goals for each experience. By communicating your goals with your preceptor, you will be taking a pro-active role in your learning and ensuring each experience is relevant to you.

You will also receive a great deal of informal feedback from your preceptors. This feedback is not formal and is non-judgmental. You can also encourage your preceptors to fill out Field Notes at every opportunity. These notes help to document your development as a family physician. 

You will receive a face-to-face final assessment at the end of every rotation and, in most cases, there will also be a face-to-face interim assessment as well. 

Read our Postgraduate Assessment, Promotion, and Appeals policy for further information about assessment.