Residency

Ask the expert: How can residency program directors and coordinators document resident participation in quality improvement activities?

Residency Program Insider, September 1, 2009

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The common program information form (PIF) asks for examples of quality activities in which residents participated in. Your departmental quality assurance (QA) committee should have a resident member, who should assist in the review of patient care issues assigned to the QA committee. Among QA duties, the resident could research medical literature to help determine whether patient care in a specific case was outside acceptable medical practice. The resident, as part of a resident team with input from faculty members, could initiate a quality improvement project. Documentation for such a project could include:

  • Written description of a quality issue
  • Actions necessary to correct the problem
  • Implementation of a new policy
  • Results of the new policy


Today’s question and answer are from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, by Robert V. Higgins, MD, published by HCPro, Inc., Marblehead, MA.



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