Policies and Procedures Manual

Resident Roles and Responsibilities Policy

  1. The resident will have the following role and responsibilities related to patient care:
    1. Perform complete history and physical examinations on all new inpatients and outpatients for whom they have primary responsibility.
    2. Examine all data related to the management of patients they have evaluated.
    3. Synthesize all available information to generate differential diagnoses and subsequent diagnostic and therapeutic plans.
    4. Communicate the synthesis of the above information in both an oral and written format to their supervising faculty members according to the UPHS and Divisional Supervision Policies.
    5. Be responsible for the follow-up of all tests and procedures ordered for patients under their care.
    6. Perform procedures, as specified, under supervision of appropriate faculty member(s).
    7. Perform adequate documentation of all patient encounters including admissions, history and physicals, progress notes, discharge summaries, and operative reports.
    8. Participate in educational conferences as designated.
    9. Complete evaluations for faculty as per departmental policy.
    10. Supervise general surgery residents assigned to the colon and rectal surgery service.
    11. Assume a supervisory role for medical students.
    12. Provide verbal feedback about performance to medical students and general surgery residents.
    13. Complete evaluations of medical students and general surgery residents, as applicable.
    14. Develop effective time management skills that enable team members to meet the duty hour requirements.
    15. Provide consultative services.
    16. Develop a comprehensive approach to self-directed learning based on the resident’s own perceptions of gaps in fund of knowledge as well as the results of objective assessments.
  2. The resident may have the following additional roles and responsibilities, as appropriate:
    1. Participation in the educational committees of their department of surgery.
    2. Participation in departmental Quality Assurance activities.
    3. Participation in University of Pennsylvania Health System committees requiring housestaff representation.

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