Residency

Completing the resident survey

Residency Program Insider, August 22, 2019

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Resident’s Orientation online learning. For more information about this online training course for residents, click here.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) designed the resident survey as a method for gathering resident feedback to monitor your program’s compliance with the Common Program Requirements.

The survey includes questions on:

  • Work hours (including information regarding fatigue and sleep deprivation)
  • Faculty
  • Evaluation
  • Educational content
  • Resources
  • Patient safety
  • Teamwork


It is important that you understand the purpose of the survey and the value of your feedback. The survey should demonstrate your honest perception of what is happening in your program. You will be required to log in online to take the survey and, while your program director may view the results of the survey, he or she will not see which resident entered the information. To avoid a possible special site visit from the ACGME, 70% of residents must complete the survey. Therefore, it is critical to your program that you complete the ACGME Resident Survey on time and allow your program adequate time to correct any complaints. Not only will you be improving your program for yourself, but you will be helping build a more effective and higher-quality program for the future.



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