Assessment Guidelines

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The document Guidelines for the Assessment of Postgraduate Residents of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto was approved by the Faculty Council Education Committee on March 9, 2017.

The purpose of these Guidelines is:

  1. To provide minimum guidelines for the assessment and evaluation practices throughout the postgraduate medical education programs in the Faculty of Medicine
  2. To provide guidelines for the remediation, probation, suspension, dismissal of trainees
  3. To ensure that assessment and evaluation practices are consistent with the University of Toronto University Grading Practices Policy, with the Standards of Professional Behaviour for Medical Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto and with the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the CMA Code of Ethics.

It is the responsibility of the Postgraduate Medical Education Advisory Committee (PGMEAC) to establish and supervise evaluation, promotion and dismissal of trainees in all postgraduate medical education training programs. The Board of Examiners for Postgraduate Programs is appointed by Faculty Council to:

  1. To review the cases of students in academic difficulty and to determine the appropriate course(s) of action, this may include: remediation, remediation with probation, probation, suspension and dismissal.
  2. The assessment of a student’s performance which may include the evaluation of the student’s academic, behavioural, ethical and professional performance in the Program, or the evaluation/recommendation from an independent process.
  3. After receiving and considering recommendations from the Vice Dean (or her/his delegate), make recommendations on the progression of students through the Program.

The Vice Dean, Post MD Education may bring to this Board, names of students/trainees in difficulty. All meetings of the Postgraduate Programs Board will be held in camera.

Decisions of the Board are final and binding on the Faculty and the Residency Training Program Committees and Directors. Decisions of the Board may be appealed by students to the Faculty of Medicine Appeals Committee.

Any student wishing to appeal a Board of Examiners decision must submit in writing a Notice of Appeal to the Faculty Secretary. This student must indicate her/his intention within a maximum of 30 days after receiving written notice of the decision to be appealed.

For more information on the Appeals Committee, basis for appeals, guidelines and process, please visit the Faculty of Medicine website or contact the Faculty Affairs Officer:

Todd Coomber
Tel: 416-978-2711
Fax: 416-978-1774

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