Residency

Tip of the week: Keep an eye on moonlighting with malpractice insurance

Residency Program Insider, April 11, 2014

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Any residency program that allows moonlighting during training must have a written policy addressing it. The Institutional Requirements state that residents cannot be forced to moonlight, and the program’s contract must reflect this. The program director must approve any moonlighting because it could impact a resident’s duty hours. The program director and faculty also have to closely monitor the resident’s performance and look for any signs that the resident is feeling fatigued.
 
Consider making malpractice insurance available to residents who are moon- lighting as long as they follow the aforementioned procedures. This may be an unusual “perk,” but it allows you to more closely monitor outside activities.
 
This tip is from The Graduate Medical Education Committee Handbook, by Vicki Hamm.



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