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Field Notes

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

As a resident, you will have access to an ePortfolio which 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 “Defining Competence for the purposes of certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada: The new assessment objectives in family medicine

Each rotation and experience will have specific objectives laid out at the beginning, 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 more 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. 

Further information about assessment can be found in the Postgraduate Assessment, Promotion, and Appeals policy.