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Chapter 4: Committees and Resident Evaluation


The SFCC meets 4-6 times per academic year to review residents. As each resident has different strengths, the SFCC aims to provide each resident with individualized feedback on their progress in Surgical Foundations. Each member of the SFCC (listed below), is given 4-6 residents to review per meeting. View the SFCC Terms of Reference SFCC - Terms of Reference 2020-2021

The SFCC is comprised of:

  • The SF Program Director
  • Program directors of subspecialties participating in Surgical Foundations
  • The SF Program Coordinator
  • At least one external member

20120- 2021 Surgical Foundations Competence Committee (SFCC): 


 Dr. Brad Petrisor

SF Director

Dr. Darren de SA

SF Program Coordinator

Dr. Naomi Downer

External Member, Director OES

Dr. Ranil Sonnadara

UG CTU Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, JCC

Dr. Victoria Avram

UG/PG CTU Director, General Surgery, SJH

Dr. Cagla Eskicioglu

General Surgery/Surgical Oncology

Dr. Valerie Francescutti

General Surgery / Undergrad MEP

Dr. Ilun Yang

PD Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Valerie Mueller

General Surgery, MIS, SJH

Dr. Nalin Amin

PD Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Lisa Van Houwelingen

CBD Lead, Urology

Dr. Piotr Zareba



Using an electronic reviewer form, the SFCC member comments and provides feedback on variables including but not limited to:

SFCC Flow of Review

Each resident is divided in to one of the following categories:

  1. Promote
  • Progressing as Expected
  • Progressing at an Accelerated Rate
  • From Transition to Discipline to Foundations of Discipline
  • Foundations of Discipline to Core of Discipline (SF completed)
  1. Do not Promote
  • Failure to Progress*
  • Not Progressing as Expected*
  • Progressing as expected

The results of each resident as found by the SFCC are then reviewed by the Surgical Foundations Resident Program Committee (SFRPC).

*Any resident listed as 'Failure to Progress' or 'Not Progressing as Expected' is referred to a Remediation Plan. Select the hyperlinks below for more information on SF Remediation Policies and Procedures.


The SFRPC is comprised of:

  • The SF Program Director
  • Faculty members from each subspecialty participating in surgical foundations
  • The SF Program Coordinator
  • The Resident Representative Group (RRG) President
  • The RRG PGY1 Representative

2019-2020 SFRPC: ​


Program Director

Gen Surg

Dr. Nalin Amin


Dr. Stephen Kelly

Gen Surg

Dr. Michael Marcaccio


Dr. Michelle Morais


Dr. Vickas Khanna


Dr. Matt McRae


Dr. Edward Matsumoto


Dr. Han Zhang


Dr. Olufemi Ajani


Dr. John Harlock


Dr. Andre Lamy

SF Program Coordinator

Naomi Downer

RRG President

Dr. Giuliana Guarna  (OB/GYN PGY2)

RRG V. President

Dr. Shannon Baker (GenSurg PGY2)

RRG R1 Rep

Dr. Jane Newman (Vascular PGY1)



The SFRPC reviews commentary provided by the SFCC for each resident. The SFRPC may recommend changes to the outcome of a residents individual evaluation (i.e. promotion eligibility). Any suggestions agreed upon by the SFRPC are communicated with the SFCC for consideration. View the SFRPC Terms of Reference RPC - Terms of Reference 2020-2021

In addition to resident-specific review, the SFRPC discusses overall themes and ways in which to improve resident progression. These themes vary, and include discussions on curriculum, communication, understanding, and resident experience (among others). 

Once the resident review and outcome is agreed upon, residents receive a letter outlining their individual progress in surgical foundations. Each letter provides detailed information on the following:

  • Date of the SFCC meeting
    • Those in attendance
    • The member assigned to review the resident
  • Date of the SFRPC meeting
    • Those in attendance (all review)
  • EPA Progress 
    • Transition to Discipline EPAs  (marked as competent or not achieved)
    • Foundations of Discipline EPAs (marked as competent ​or not achieved)
  • Individual resident strengths and weaknesses (personalized)
  • Themes found throughout the review (all residents)
  • Promotional Status 
    • Promote
      • From Transition to Discipline to Foundations of Discipline
      • Foundations of Discipline to Core of Discipline (SF completed)
    • Do not Promote
      • Progressing as Expected
      • Not Progressing as Expected
      • Failure to Progress
    Date of next review


Residents are encouraged to review the letter thoroughly and communicate with the SF PD, PC, and their home-discipline PD and PC should they have any comments about the letter and its contents / information. 

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