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Factors affecting residency programs' accreditation cycles

Residency Program Insider, March 3, 2009

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could look into a crystal ball before an ACGME site visit and see what factors affect accreditation decisions? Unfortunately, no such crystal ball exists, but a new study sheds light what program director and program characteristics may influence how long the ACGME grants your program accreditation.

Researchers in the Department of Medicine at North Shore University Hospital (NY) surveyed internal medicine programs to determine factors associated with accreditation cycle lengths, according to the study, What Predicts Residency Accreditation Cycle Lengths, Results of a National Survey, published in the March issue of Academic Medicine.

Programs with longer accreditation cycles had the following characteristics:

  • High American Board of Internal Medicine board passage rates
  • The amount of time the program director spends in the clinic


However, shorter accreditation lengths were associated with the following characteristics:

  • Having a review by the internal medicine RC shortly after the July 2003 program requirement changes
  • Being an university-based program
  • Having a large percentage of voluntary teaching faculty

 



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