Credentialing & Privileging

Key questions to ask in the clinical interview

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, August 11, 2005

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The following are questions important to ask every applicant during the clinical interview.

 

  • Ask the applicant to explain any gaps in his or her education, training, or practice experience, and for the names of individuals who could be contacted to confirm the applicant's explanation (such as the treating physician, if illness is the given reason).
  • Ask the applicant to explain frequent moves - why he or she left training programs, group practices, or center staffs - and ask for the names of individuals who could be contacted to confirm the applicant's explanation.
  • If the applicant has not been recruited to the area by the center, ask what initially attracted the applicant to the geographic area and to your center in particular.
  • Ask how the applicant plans to use the center, and how the center fits into his or her overall center practice.
  • Follow up on, and press the applicant for, answers to any questions that arise out of information in the application or any confidential evaluations or reference letters. (Do not volunteer to the applicant the names of those who gave negative references.)
  • If the applicant is not board-certified, ask whether he or she has applied to take the exam, or has taken the exam and failed.



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