Residency

Should it stay or should it go? Learn when to keep or say goodbye to program documents

Residency Program Alert, February 1, 2010

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Many institutions’ documentation retention policies focus on how long to keep items in the residents’ files. However, few cover how long coordinators should save other paperwork that pertains to the program and accreditation and include:

  • ACGME correspondence
  • Site visit documentation
  • PIFs • Committee meeting minutes
  • Annual program evaluations
  • Rotation evaluations
  • Call and rotation schedules
  • Conference schedules and sign-in sheets
  • Budget information

This month, five coordinators share their best practices for managing program paperwork. Use their experiences and strategies as a guide to cleaning out your program files. Before you toss, be sure to comply with any departmental or institutional policies.

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