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Ask the expert: What constitutes faculty scholarship as required by the ACGME?

Residency Program Insider, November 4, 2008

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The ACGME Common Program Requirements state that faculty must contribute to the education environment of your program by participating in scholarly activity. It is important to document these activities because you must show evidence of faculty members’ scholarship during a site visit.

Evidence of scholarly activity by the faculty entails more than published original, scientific or clinical research. You need to document faculty participation in journal clubs, organized clinical discussions, hospital rounds, and didactic sessions. Members of the faculty must demonstrate evidence of scholarship, including the following:

  • Publication of original research
  • Peer-reviewed funding
  • Publication of book chapters or review articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Publication of case reports Presentations at local, regional, or national professional society meetings
  • Participation in educational organizations or national committees
  • Encouragement and support of scholarly activities by the residents

This week’s question and answer is adapted from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, by Robert V. Higgins, MD, published by HCPro, Inc.



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