CAEP 2019 Academic Symposium: Got competence? Best practices in trainee progress decisions Academic Article uri icon

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  • ABSTRACTBackgroundCompetence committees play a key role in a competency-based system of assessment. These committees are tasked with reviewing and synthesizing clinical performance data to make judgments regarding residents’ competence. Canadian emergency medicine (EM) postgraduate training programs recently implemented competence committees; however, a paucity of literature guides their work.ObjectiveThe objective of this study was to develop consensus-based recommendations to optimize the function and decisions of competence committees in Canadian EM training programs.MethodsSemi-structured interviews of EM competence committee chairs were conducted and analyzed. The interview guide was informed by a literature review of competence committee structure, processes, and best practices. Inductive thematic analysis of interview transcripts was conducted to identify emerging themes. Preliminary recommendations, based on themes, were drafted and presented at the 2019 CAEP Academic Symposium on Education. Through a live presentation and survey poll, symposium attendees representing the national EM community participated in a facilitated discussion of the recommendations. The authors incorporated this feedback and identified consensus among symposium attendees on a final set of nine high-yield recommendations.ConclusionThe Canadian EM community used a structured process to develop nine best practice recommendations for competence committees addressing: committee membership, meeting processes, decision outcomes, use of high-quality performance data, and ongoing quality improvement. These recommendations can inform the structure and processes of competence committees in Canadian EM training programs.


  • Cheung, Warren J
  • Chan, Teresa
  • Hauer, Karen E
  • Woods, Robert A
  • McEwen, Jill
  • Martin, Lynsey J
  • Patocka, Catherine
  • Dong, Sandy L
  • Bhimani, Munsif
  • McColl, Tamara

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  • March 2020