Department of Surgery

Faculty Teaching Evaluation Policy

University of Toronto
Neurosurgery Residency Program
Faculty Teaching Evaluation Policy 

It is important that the teaching environment for the program is as effective as possible, with a transparent process through which faculty teaching performance is regularly reviewed. 

1. Review and dissemination of faculty Teaching Evaluation Scores (TES)

  • TES, as provided by the Department of Surgery based on anonymous resident evaluations, for each faculty member will be reviewed annually by the Program Director and Chairman
  • TES will be distributed to Division Chiefs at each of the teaching sites for distribution to their respective faculty
  • It is understood that, independent of the Neurosurgery Program, the Department of Surgery also reviews TES for all surgical faculty 

2. Poor teaching evaluations

  • A poor TES is defined as a score of less 2 standard deviations below the mean of peers
  • A poor TES will handled as follows:
    • After 1 year of poor TES:
      • Chairman and Division Chief will indicate concern to the faculty involved and seek to address the issues internally
    • After 2 years of poor TES: 
      • the individual will be referred to the Director of Post-Graduate Education for Surgery and Chairman of Surgery
      • action at this stage might include the individual being asked to attend the faculty teaching workshop
    • If TES remains poor the following year: 
      • further action will be sought under the guidance of the Department of Surgery
      • action at this stage might include a formal teaching remediation plan for the individual
  • Any issues of concern with faculty teaching can also be brought forward by any member of the Program (resident or faculty) using the following mechanisms:
    • Via Division Chiefs or Residency Site Directors, who can attempt to address the teaching issues within their site 
    • Via any RPC member (resident or faculty), who will table it for discussion at RPC