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Tip of the week: Sucessfully describe your assessment system on the PIF

Residency Program Insider, Tip of the week: Sucessfully describe your assessment system on the PIF, April 27, 2010

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Every PIF asks for a description of the program's assessment system. When you think of all of the evaluations residents, faculty, and program personnel must complete, answering this question can be overwhelming. Where do you begin?

Gather your thoughts by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What evaluation tools do you use?
  • Who evaluates resident performance?
  • How are the evaluators trained to use the tool?
  • Which competency does each tool evaluate?
  • How often does each evaluation occur?
  • How are results provided to the resident and how is this documented?
  • What aggregate information do you have on overall resident performance?
  • What information do you have indicating that actual patient care outcomes are improved?

Create a grid with the questions listed horizontally along the top and the names of the evaluation tools down the left side column. Fill in your answers to each question on the grid. Having the information organized will make answering PIF questions regarding your assessment system easier.

This week's tip is from Insider's Guide to the ACGME Site Visit by Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH, and Shepard Cohen.



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