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Postdoctoral Fellowship Performance Evaluation

Monthly Written Evaluations

Fellows receive written monthly evaluations summarizing input from supervisors on the Fellow’s clinical, didactic, research, teaching, and administrative activities and performance. The focus of these monthly evaluations is to determine if the fellow is progressing as expected, and plan for adjustments in training as needed. Feedback is reviewed with the Fellow by the Fellowship Director.

Periodic Comprehensive Examination (PCE)
At the end of each term the fellow will undergo a PCE administered by two senior neuropsychologists, one of whom is the Fellowship Director. The PCE will consist of two one hour segments: 1) a case presentation by the fellow 2) a fact finding exercise in the style of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology board examination, in which the fellow obtains relevant information about an unfamiliar case and performs a mock initial neuropsychological consultation. Parameters relevant to evaluation of performance in the PCE include:
  1. Completeness, accuracy, clarity, and professional quality of written report
  2. Demonstration of appropriate neuropsychological test selection
  3. Conceptualization of normative/statistical issues
  4. Ability to support case conclusions and recommendations with test data
  5. Complete and accurate integration of historical and medical information into case formulation
  6. Appropriate incorporation of psychopathological factors into case formulation
  7. Demonstration of accurate knowledge of functional neuroanatomy
  8. Appropriate knowledge of disease concepts
  9. Demonstration of advanced knowledge of ethical and professional standards
  10. Ability to generate appropriate and substantive recommendations

Findings from the PCE will be summarized on the PCE Evaluation Form and placed in the Fellow’s training chart. Grading will be on a pass/conditional pass/fail basis.

End of Term Ratings

Throughout the fellowship the Fellowship Director will meet with the Fellow to discuss progress to-date and to review goals and objectives for the remainder of the program. At the end of each term the Fellow’s supervisors will complete a supervisor’s rating form, a copy of which will be entered into the Fellow’s training file. This data, along with a summary of achievements developed by the Fellow and PCE findings will be summarized in a letter to the Chief, Department of Behavioral Health Consultation and Education, and placed in the training file.


Substandard Performance

Insufficient progress in the fellowship will be handled in accordance with the Department of Psychology Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Insufficient Progress and Fellows and Interns.

Exit Criteria
  1. Advanced skill in the neuropsychological evaluation, treatment, and consultation to professionals sufficient to practice on an independent basis
  2. Advanced understanding of brain behavior relationships
  3. Scholarly activity, e.g., submission of a study or literature review for publication and/or presentation, submission of a grant proposal or outcome assessment
  4. Formal evaluation of competency in exit criteria 1 through 3 through the final PCE and end of term rating
  5. Eligibility for board certification in clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology
  6. Successful completion of all clinical case requirements, administrative and teaching requirements, and participation in required didactic activities.


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