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Ask the expert: What is a best practice for addressing PIF questions about the core competencies?

Residency Program Insider, June 21, 2011

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Understanding the competencies and knowing how to successfully articulate how your program addresses, teaches, and evaluates them is a major part of completing the PIF. Although the competencies are the same for each program and each specialty, there are a wide variety of ways in which programs meet the requirements. Your answers should demonstrate to the RRC that your program is well rounded and offers a variety of methods to teach and evaluate each competency. Also highlight any innovative ways you teach the competencies.

Questions on the PIF now reference the program requirement that the question addresses. For example, on the pediatric PIF says, “Section 10: Practice-based learning and improvement (PR.V.B.3).” The PR.V.B.3 refers to the specific standard in the specialty program requirements. This format makes it very easy to refer back to the requirement and make sure that you meet all aspects of it.

This week’s question and answer are from The Program Information Form Made Simple.



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