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News in brief: Assessing the accuracy of the ACGME Resident Survey

Residency Program Insider, April 26, 2011

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The ACGME Resident Survey has been under much scrutiny from the GME community in recent years. Although the accrediting agency is taking steps to revise the survey, many still question whether it is an accurate measure of compliance.

Medical educators in the Department of Surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston hypothesized that the “yes” or “no” options on the survey limit resident responses. The GME office at The Methodist Hospital surveyed residents using questions similar to those on the ACGME survey but gave general surgery residents a range of answer options (a five-point Likert scale) rather than yes/no.

The study authors found significant differences in residents’ answers on 15 questions regarding faculty time spent teaching, interference of other trainees, and rotation emphasis of education over other concerns. For all the questions, resident responses on the ACGME survey were less favorable.

For more information, see the study in the November/December issue of The Journal of Surgical Education.
 



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