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Tip of the week: Brief faculty and residents before the site visit

Residency Program Insider, March 30, 2010

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It’s good practice to send a copy of your PIF to the faculty members who are scheduled to meet with the site visitor. Ask faculty members to proofread the sections pertinent to their teaching activities. In addition, perhaps meet with these faculty members to review your program’s evaluation tools, teaching strategies, and the ACGME’s six general competencies.

Residents meeting with the site visitor need to understand the importance of the RRC site visit. Remind the residents of the following items:

  • The ACGME Website. Navigate through several portions of this Web site with the residents to emphasize the areas pertinent to resident education.
  • Resident manual. Remind residents about where they can find policies and procedures that the site visit might ask about. Residents may not remember that these policies are in the resident manual.
  • Resident survey. Review the questions and answers from the previous ACGME resident survey. Discuss the survey results and how the program has worked to improve areas of weaknesses.
  • Anticipated questions. Instruct residents to answer the site visitor’s questions honestly and respectfully. Do not rehearse answers to specific questions. Residents will be more effective ambassadors for your program if they understand the program’s education objectives, therefore, provide residents with pertinent sections of the PIF.



    This week’s tip is from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook by Robert V. Higgins, MD, published by HCPro, Inc.



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