Competencies expected for postdoctoral fellows are consistent with APA Core Competencies guidelines suggesting advanced practice in the areas of patient care, clinical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. Competencies have been specifically designed to help track progress in these areas. Fellows typically enter at the level of Intermediate in basic clinical skills and move toward the Advanced level at the end of the Fellowship (ADPTC & CCTC, 2007). Fellows are provided a copy of the competencies at the start of the training year and will be evaluated at the end of each rotation by all supervising faculty (forms available on the website). Rotations are scheduled for three to six months depending on training needs resulting in two to four evaluations per training year, respectively. Fellows will conduct an exit interview to give their feedback of the Fellowship program.
Our guiding philosophy is that most problems are best resolved through direct interaction between the Fellow and supervisor or another staff member as part of the ongoing working relationship. Fellows are encouraged first to discuss any problems or concerns with the supervisor or staff member involved. In turn, supervisors and staff members are expected to be receptive to complaints, attempt to develop a solution with the Fellow and to seek appropriate consultation. In addition to the evaluations, the Training Committee meets monthly to discuss broader training issues and the Fellows’ progress. Should any concerns be noted by the Training Committee, fellows will be notified within one week by the Training Director or a faculty mentor to address concerns for timely feedback. Please see the Due Process and Grievance Policies and Procedures document regarding concerns for fellow performance and/or behavior and concerns.