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Tip of the week: Don't let faculty qualifications get in you in PIF trouble

Residency Program Insider, May 19, 2009

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When addressing the faculty in Part 1 of the PIF, there are a few areas where program directors and coordinators can get tripped up. First and foremost, in this section, be sure to list only physician faculty. Do not list nonphysician faculty, such as PhDs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc. You will list them in their own section.

Be careful who you list as key teaching faculty. The ACGME Common Program Requirements state that faculty members must be board certified in the specialty in which they teach, and each RRC gives more specific rules about who can count as faculty. For example, should psychiatrist within an internal medicine program be listed as a key faculty member? Read your requirements to see what your RRC says.

Another tricky area is the section where you list the number of hours per week the program director and faculty spend in clinical supervision, administration, research, didactics, and teaching. It’s common for program directors to over exaggerate their time spent performing these activities. Do the math to ensure your numbers don’t add up to something ridiculous, like 100 hours per week spent on administrative duties (although it may feel that way). Answer honestly and check that the hours listed are realistic.

This week’s tip is from Program Information Form Made Simple, by Jeri L. Whitten, C-TAGME.



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