Residency

Tip of the week: Focus site visit prep on previous citations, concerns, and comments

Residency Program Insider, December 28, 2010

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Site visitors and RRC members look into previous citations, concerns, and comments first. They want to be assured that you accepted their previous letters seriously and have been aggressive in implementing corrective actions. This information will help you anticipate the site visitor’s first concerns. However, your improvements can’t stop there. Don’t simply fix past citations; demonstrate substantial compliance with all the other requirements.

Second, focus on the results of your own annual self-review program evaluations. What were the major one or two concerns you identified each year? How did you analyze the issues, create action plans and timelines, and use these to improve that area within your residency? How have you measured your progress? What’s been your progress in those areas?

This information will allow you to demonstrate that your program identified weaknesses leading to steps to strengthen those areas. For issues that you have not yet addressed, you can anticipate the site visitor’s questions and can then demonstrate you program’s commitment to making necessary improvements.

This week’s question and answer are from The Insider’s Guide to the ACGME Site Visit, Second Edition.
 



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