Residency

Ask the expert: What items should a program’s education committee review?

Residency Program Insider, April 27, 2010

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Your program's educational committee should meet regularly and assess the educational experience of the residents and identify areas needing improvement. During this meeting, review the following items:

  • Goals and objectives for each rotation. Ensure that goals are linked to the ACGME core competencies.
  • Evaluation forms. Review all evaluations that your residents and faculty complete regarding rotations and education. Distribute the positive aspects to the faculty members involved with a rotation and include negative aspects in an action plan to improve resident education.
  • Previous citations. Your program should have corrected or be in the process of correcting these issues. Document how your program is improving the areas cited.
  • Graduate surveys. Use graduate feedback to identify areas of the educational program that need to be enhanced.
  • Scholarly activity. Discussing scholarly activity during this meeting is a great way to keep documentation of resident and faculty scholarly activity up to date.
  • Evaluation tools. The committee should discuss the validity of the program's evaluation tools.
  • Faculty development. Discuss and plan opportunities for faculty development.
  • Procedure logs. Examine resident procedure logs to ensure consistency in residents' experience and ensure they are participating in the procedures needed.

This week's question and answer are from The Residency Program Director's Handbook, by Robert V. Higgins, MD.



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