Faculty Clinical Care Responsibilities
The faculty physicians are ultimately responsible for the care of the patients and must oversee all aspects of patient care, including the initial consultation, treatment planning, dose prescription, and treatment delivery. The faculty physician will see new patient consultations, reconsultations, patients under treatment on a weekly basis, and follow-up patients with the residents.
Weekly chart reviews will be held, with the faculty and residents, to review: the radiation therapy plan and evaluate any need for changes; assess the patient tolerance of the current treatment plan; and plan the timely integration of other treatment modalities. All initial consultation notes, reconsultation notes, end of treatment notes, brachytherapy notes, follow-up notes, letters to referring physicians or patients, simulation films, treatment prescriptions, dosimetry plans, treatment verification images, and weekly treatment notes must be reviewed and co-signed/approved by an attending physician.
The faculty will be responsible for call coverage at Augusta Medical Center. Residents will not have call coverage responsibilities for Augusta Medical Center.
Faculty Clinical Curriculum Responsibilities
The faculty will be responsible for understanding the Program Core Curriculum Categories and Six General Competency Areas. They will gear their mentorship towards resident achievement of general competency in these areas and particularly towards achievement of Residency Milestone Expectations as outlined in the Residency Guidelines. Their clinical practice should be academically oriented with an emphasis on practice-based learning and improvement and may include patients on clinical trials as appropriate.
In addition to daily mentoring, the faculty member is required to provide didactic clinical lectures in their areas of expertise; participate at New Patient and Simulation Conference; participate in the critical review of articles presented at Journal Club; participate in Morbidity and Mortality Conference; and participate at Multi-Disciplinary Tumor Boards. Attendance will be kept at the above departmental conferences for assessment purposes.
The faculty will evaluate the residents based on their achievement of milestone expectations within the Six General Competency Areas. They will provide this evaluation of the resident's performance through the institution's electronic New Innovations system. Faculty will evaluate the residents by oral examination semi-annually.