Residency

Tip of the week: Encourage resident compliance from the start

Residency Program Insider, May 23, 2014

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Many programs ask residents to complete online modules, readings, or other tasks, such as picking up lab coats, prior to orientation. Although most new residents will do what you ask because they want to start off on the right foot, providing a little motivation doesn’t hurt. If your institution provides a stipend for participating in orientation, stipulate that residents must also complete any additional pre-orientation activities to receive the payment. If the institution does not provide a stipend, ask the program director/department chair to decide on a consequence if a resident skips orientation, but be sure you follow through. Not following through sends the message that it’s okay for residents not to respond to the program coordinator’s requests, which is not the tone you want to set on day one.
 
This tip is from The Residency Coordinator’s Handbook, Third Edition, by Ruth Nawotniak, MS, C-TAGME.

 



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