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Expectations and Evaluations
The primary mission of the MHS postdoctoral training program is to offer advanced professional training for postdoctoral fellows. The program includes the following characteristics:
- Postdocs are expected to participate in at least 20.5 hours/week of service delivery, approximately 13 hours of which will be individual counseling.
- Each postdoc will receive at least 2.0 hours of individual supervision/week.
- Postdocs are expected to receive satisfactory performance evaluations on the Postdoc Evaluation Form as completed by their supervisors. Satisfactory performance is defined as an evaluation of 3 or higher on all dimensions of a particular competency. An evaluation below 3 on a competency dimension may require remediation, additional supervision, or application of the UHS due process procedures.
Evaluation is an important and integral part of the training experience. The MHS training staff is committed to providing ongoing feedback and evaluation of postdocs’ performance in order to facilitate professional growth and development. Postdocs also informally evaluate their supervisors and the postdoctoral program throughout the year, and more formally every six months.
Evaluation of postdocs begins during the orientation period when each postdoc and supervisor review the evaluation form and establish priorities for supervision, identify specific interests, training needs, and training goals and objectives. Postdocs receive informal feedback regarding their progress during regularly scheduled individual supervision sessions such that feedback and discussion are an ongoing process throughout supervision.
Formal written evaluations are completed quarterly by supervisors and are then submitted to the Postdoc Program Coordinator and Director of Training. Strengths, areas for growth, and specific suggestions for the postdoc’s further professional training are identified and recorded in these evaluations. Written evaluations are discussed and signed by both supervisor and postdoc. The evaluations are reviewed by the Director of Training and then placed in the postdoc’s personnel file.
Evaluation of the Training Program
Postdocs provide informal feedback about the training program throughout the fellowship year. Special requests, recommendations, or suggestions may be addressed with a supervising staff member, the postdoc’s supervisor, the Postdoc Program Coordinator, or the Director of Training. In addition, the following procedures are in place to ensure that postdocs’ concerns and needs are addressed.
- Postdocs formally evaluate their supervisors in writing every six months with the Evaluation of Supervision Form.
- At the end of the training year, postdocs evaluate in writing all aspects of the postdoctoral experience with the Final Evaluation of Postdoctoral Training Program. This evaluation focuses on specific areas of strength and weakness of the program, including suggestions for improvement. Postdocs’ evaluations are reviewed by the Postdoc Program Coordinator and the Director of Training and are used to explore and implement appropriate changes in the program as appropriate.