Monitoring Resident Progress
A crucial element of Residents’ success in FELTP is monitoring one’s progress throughout the course of the program. FELTP has a number of monitoring tools and mechanisms that are designed to aid the Residents in keeping track of their progress as well as provide important feedback to both the Residents and the program administration.
Quarterly Progress Reports
Throughout the training program, the Residents will complete quarterly reports of their activities. The reports should include an update on field activities, progress towards completing practical outputs, and any other relevant information Residents see fit to include (i.e. trouble with supervision, difficulty with the technical aspects of outbreak investigations, etc.). Reports will be reviewed by his or her Field Supervisor and Resident Advisor, both of whom may meet with the Resident to discuss progress and problems as appropriate. Residents will receive a “report template” to guide in compiling appropriate information.
Bound Volume and Log Book
The Bound Volume is the printed, hard-copy collection of all of the Practical Outputs and any additional field work each individual Resident accumulates during the course of the program. In addition to serving as a portfolio for Residents’ work, it will also provide external evaluators with a copy of each manuscript for the purpose of critiquing and reviewing the Resident’s work.
Residents are responsible for ensuring that every completed document is accounted for within his or her Volume in a timely manner. All documents will need to be verified by someone to ensure the documents’ submission. Each Resident’s Bound Volume will be kept at the FELTP facilities in Abuja.
The Log Book refers to the collection of Practical Output evaluations that will be compiled in the Bound Volume. Residents will receive blank evaluation checklists that correspond to each practical output. Residents will be instructed to include the proper evaluation at the end of each submitted Output. In this way, Residents will have a record of his or her progress and standing throughout the program. Further instructions on this element of monitoring will be given during orientation.
Location and Timing
Examinations will ordinarily be administered one to two weeks after completion of the lectures for each block. In general, residents will take a one week break upon completing each course block and return to the university of enrollment for one to two weeks of content revision and exams. Both universities will use identical exams to test the students. Examination schedules for each block will vary; residents should consult the university for the exact time and place for each examination. Exams will generally account for 60-70% of the final grade.
Residents who need to reschedule exams for any reason should seek permission from the university focal person at least two weeks, when possible, in advance of the exam date. Requests will be approved on a case by case basis, as universities may have differing policies on rescheduling (or resitting) procedures.
Resit exams are held two weeks before the beginning of the next block of lectures. Universities will alert the Residents concerned as to the time and place of the resit exams.
Practical Outputs (from the field)
Practical Outputs based on field work will be submitted to the Residents’ academic supervisors for grading. These products will account for work done in the field outside the academic setting. External Evaluators appointed by each university will also grade Residents’ practical outputs. These deliverables will be evaluated for content and quality. Marks on Practical Outputs are not included in Residents’ final grade; however, Outputs deemed to be below standard will be returned to the Resident for revisions or a repeat.
Link: practical outputs
30-40% of the grading structure is allocated to continuous assessments. These are usually conducted during the Block lectures. Continuous Assessments may be a quiz, an assignment, etc. Marks given to Residents during seminar presentation are also considered part of the Continuous Assessment process.
All coursework and field outputs must be completed before a resident can present and defend his or her final thesis at the university and be awarded the Master of Public Health (MPH).