Tip of the month: Selecting residents for the GMEC

Residency Program Insider, October 27, 2009

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Residents bring a unique perspective to the GMEC. They’re on the front line of patient care and are impacted the most by the GMEC’s decisions. The ACGME requires that residents sit on the GMEC, but the organization doesn’t specify how many residents should be on an institution’s committee. A common standard among institutions is 1% of the total resident population. However, do not put too much emphasis on the number of residents on your committee. The key is to get good residents who take the responsibility seriously, attend meetings, and share information with their peers.

Peer nomination is a common way institutions select resident members of the GMEC.
One method for doing so is to ask residents to select from a pool of candidates. Ask the president of the housestaff organization to send an e-mail to all residents explaining the GMEC, what it does, and when it meets. Those interested in serving on the committee should respond to the e-mail. The housestaff organization president should compile a list of candidates and send another group e-mail asking residents to vote for as many residents as are seated on your GMEC. The housestaff president tabulates the results and reports who received the most votes to the designated institutional official.

This week’s tip is from The Graduate Medical Education Committee Handbook, by Vicki Hamm, now available at a reduced price!

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