Residency

Tip of the week: Examine rotation lengths

Residency Program Insider, November 22, 2011

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Determine how long residents need to spend on a rotation to complete the procedural requirements, and then limit rotations to that time frame as needed. For example, residents need 20 pediatric surgery cases, and PGY1 and PGY4 residents are participants in pediatric surgical rotations. Use the Resident Case Log System reports to monitor the number of procedures the PGY1 and PGY4 residents acquire during the rotations. If it takes residents two months to accrue the required cases and the rotation is three months long, then reduce the amount of time residents spend on that rotation. Additionally, if PGY1 residents do not get procedural experience during their rotation, the program may eliminate that rotation if it does not meet pediatric surgical rotation’s curriculum goals and objectives. The benefit to this method is that you can reduce time on rotations to make time for activities that meet curricular goals and objectives or required procedural activities.


This week’s tip is from The Residency Coordinator’s Handbook, by Ruth Nawotniak, MS, C-TAGME.



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