Residency

Tip of the week: Read releases of information carefully

Residency Program Insider, April 7, 2009

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After residents leave your program, you will receive correspondence from both licensing and credentialing organizations asking for verification of competence, training dates, and other information regarding the physician’s time and performance during residency.

When you receive these requests, be sure that the resident has signed the release of information included with the verification request. Read these releases very carefully. Some releases will protect only the organization that is making the request from liability, not the entity (your institution) supplying the information.

If the release is not worded correctly, you could be held liable for the information given out about the resident. If the release does not protect you, call the organization that sent it and ask it to send a new release with amended language protecting both parties.


This week’s tip is from The Graduate Medical Education Committee Handbook, but Vicki Hamm.



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