Residency Program Committee

The Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Residency Program Committee is comprised of Division of Neonatology faculty, NPM Program fellows, NICU Managers and Staff, with representation from the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program as well.

Program Committee Terms of Reference


The overall purpose of the Residency Program Committee (RPC) for Neonatal Perinatal Medicine is to assist the Program Director in planning, organizing and supervising the residency program.

Residency Program Committee Composition

Core Committee Members

  • Program Director (Chair of Committee)
  • Division Head
  • Research Chair
  • Transport Director
  • Educational Resource Person
  • Chief Resident
  • First Year Resident representative

Corresponding Committee Members

  • MFM Program Director
  • Medical Director NICU
  • Journal Club Director
  • Clinical Fellowship Director
  • Clinical Manager
  • NP representative


  • Every three months (4 meetings per year)
  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm, the second Monday of third month, venue TBA


  • Agenda & any relevant documentation pre-circulated to RPC members, prior to the meeting
  • Minutes taken by Program Assistant
  • Distributed to all committee members
  • Minutes are archived at program Web site and the links are distributed to all faculty members, and residents
  • Copy of minutes sent to Postgraduate Medical Education Office

Responsibilities of RPC

The RPC is responsible for the overall operations of this 2-year program. This includes the global objective of providing the environment, mentorship and uniform experience whereby each resident will have access to the educational experience sufficient to successfully complete the program objectives. The RPC committee is responsible for assisting and contributing to the program functions for the Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at McMaster, including the following important domains:

Training program design

  • Development and maintenance of program overall design
  • Annual review of Royal College training requirements, and assessment of McMaster’s specific program design
  • Annual review of individual rotation evaluations and review any need for change in program design
  • Discuss any relevant teaching or staff concerns (including faculty evaluations, if appropriate) that impact on rotations or overall program design
  • Review of any hospital restructuring and effect on rotations, resource/equipment allocations, faculty tenure and recruitment
  • Ongoing assessment of areas of program design strengths and weaknesses
  • Opinion of residents strongly considered in the program and curriculum review

Training program curriculum

  • Curriculum based on CanMEDS competencies relating to knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Content based upon the General Objectives for Training in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, as published in the specialty training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Includes all CanMEDS curriculum domains: Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Health Advocate, Manager, Scholar, Professional
  • Annual review and ongoing update of formal Academic half-day topics and presentations
  • Ongoing review of individual rotation goals and objectives.

Resident Evaluation

  • 6 and 12 month committee review of individual resident performance, in order to ensure that each resident is advancing and gaining in experience, skills and responsibility
  • Faculty to contribute to annual SOE station development
  • Assist Program Director with composite evaluation information for completion of the Final In-Training Evaluation (FITER)


  • Discuss at committee level any Level One appeal which is unresolved at the rotation supervisor or Program Director level
  • Adhere to the McMaster Postgraduate Education office formal policy for evaluation and appeals


  • Participate in application reviews, interviewing and ranking candidates
  • Includes review of applicants through various streams of entry into program (CaRMS, IMG. Pool-C etc.)

Resident Well-being

  • Review and formulate program support systems for formal and informal career planning, counseling and stress-related issues
  • Maintain specific item of “Resident Report” on meeting agenda, whereby resident committee members have the opportunity to discuss or raise specific items of resident concern that may not otherwise be addressed in the meeting agenda

Other Specific Resident Skills Development

  • To provide training that gradually increases graded responsibility for the development of diagnostic and consultation skills
  • Support the development of resident skills in teaching, research and scientific inquiry
Revised Version 2.2 Dated: Nov 15, 2016,
Prepared by: Dr. Muzafar Gani Abdul Wahab
Approved by: The Residency Program Committee, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Approved on: November 15, 2016