Document Type: Others


Department of Anesthesiology Yale University School of Medicine Yale New Haven Hospital 20 York St. Tompkins Building 3rd Flr. New Haven, CT 06510


Introduction: Many criteria such as USMLE scores, applicant
resumes, Dean’s letters, recommendation letters, personal
discussions, interview scores and medical school transcripts can
be used to predict the success of a medical trainee in the USA. This
information is either relatively objective, or subjective. It would be
valuable if we had some objective measures that might predict a
successful resident performance early in the process or on the other
side to allow remediation or redirection. Actual performance of a
resident or fellow is based upon his or her ability to execute sound
judgments within the complex healthcare setting. The Hartman
Value Profile (HVP) evaluates the structure and the dynamics of
an individual value system. This study has the primary goal of
determining whether specific indices on the HVP correlate with
the management’s evaluation of the residents established by the
Department of Anesthesiology at Yale University.
Methods: The protocol developed uses univariate correlations
between residents’ HVP subscales and their performance scores,
which will be determined with the Pearson correlation coefficient
or Spearman rank coefficient as appropriate. Demographic and
clinical variables will be reported descriptively. A two-sided alpha
value of 0.05 will be used for identifying statistically significant
Conclusion: The potential benefits are that obtaining specific
indices on the HVP would enable management to better engage
and work with residents. Experience gained from incorporating
the HVP into the residency selection process suggests that it
may add objectivity in predicting resident performance during
training. Given the potential impact, it could be implemented as
an adjuvant tool to the traditional evaluation process.