Objective assessment and timely feedback are important tools in the education of surgeons. These tools assess these six essential qualities of a successful surgeon –

  • Medical Knowledge and Judgment
  • Surgical Knowledge and Judgment
  • Technical Skill
  • Integrity
  • Communication
  • Professionalism

The assessment tools that we use to judge the progress of our residents includes:

Conference Participation & Attendance

Since our Tuesday morning conferences are important components of our curriculum, attendance is mandatory for all of our residents. During this time residents are excused from all but the most urgent clinical duties. The cases that are to be presented at Morbidity & Mortality Conference are announced at least three or four days prior to the conference to allow the residents to prepare for the conference. The topics for the Clinical and Basic Science Conference are announced at the beginning of the academic year.

Clinical evaluations by faculty, peers and medical students

At the completion of each rotation, the faculty, senior residents, and medical students complete an online evaluation of the performance of the residents who rotated on the service. This evaluation tool is based upon the ACGME’s six competencies, and the surgical milestone assessment criteria.


This test is developed by the American Board of Surgery and is administered in January of each year. It provides an important assessment of the residents’ knowledge of a broad scope of surgery and allows comparison between our residents and their peers nationally.

Mock Oral Examinations

Twice a year, senior residents participate in formal mock oral examinations at our state of the art clinical skills center.

Resident Assessment of the UAMS General Surgery Residency Program

At the completion of each rotation, the residents complete an anonymous online evaluation of the faculty and the service that they had completed. The evaluations are provided to the faculty at the end of the year in an anonymous fashion. As with the resident evaluations, this evaluation tool is based upon the ACGME’s six competencies.