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Residency Articles by Topic: ACGME Site Visits

Tip of the week: Create a uniform internal review cover letter

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 41, November 6, 2012

    The ACGME does not require a particular format for internal review cover letters. The letter needs...

News and briefs: CLER testing set to commence

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 26, July 17, 2012

    Later this month, the ACGME will test the new Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) site...

News and briefs: First phase of new specialty program requirements under NAS revealed

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 18, May 8, 2012

    The ACGME released restructured program requirements for four of the seven specialties scheduled to...

News and briefs: DIOs invited to participate in CLER

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 17, May 1, 2012

    Kevin Weiss, MD, MPH, ACGME senior vice president of institutional accreditation, in a letter sent...

Featured blog post: Common Program Requirements to get facelift for NAS

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 16, April 24, 2012

    The ACGME released new details about the establishing of categories within the Common Program...

Tip of the week: Take preventative steps against fatigue

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 15, April 17, 2012

    Although duty-hour standards recently changed, the concern over resident fatigue should not...

Tip of the week: Give residents power to critique program

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 14, April 10, 2012

    With an overall goal of program improvement in mind during an internal review, internal review...

Tip of the week: Implement two types of learning activities

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 12, March 27, 2012

    The program information form (PIF) asks for information on both cognitive and didactic learning...

Tip of the week: Make time to properly prepare your PIF

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 11, March 20, 2012

    Although the ACGME is shifting away from them in the next accreditation system, plenty of programs...

Featured blog post: ACGME announces major changes to accreditation

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 8, February 28, 2012

    The world of GME is feeling a seismic shift this week after the ACGME unveiled plans for major...

News and briefs: ACGME Board reviewing professionalism competency

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 8, February 28, 2012

    The ACGME Board of Directors is asking the ACGME to take an active role in spearheading an effort...

News and briefs: Mass General surgery back in compliance

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 7, February 21, 2012

    The ACGME reaccredited the surgery program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston—one of...

Tip of the week: What does the site visitor want? Just ask.

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 7, February 21, 2012

    Never assume what a site visitor specifically wants to do or see on visitation day. Ask questions...

Tip of the week: Conducting internal review interviews with faculty members

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 6, February 14, 2012

    Interviewing faculty members during an internal review can be the toughest interview for GMEC...

Tip of the Week: Celebrate site visit notification

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 1, January 10, 2012

    On the fateful day the official ACGME letter arrives in your inbox, pass out high fives instead of...

Tip of the week: Remember to feed your PIF regularly

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 50, December 27, 2011

    Lack of preparation for ACGME site visits can whip institutions into a frenzied hurry. Take a...

Tip of the week: Highlight key points in resident contracts

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 44, November 15, 2011

    Resident contracts can be very long. Make your contract easy to navigate by highlighting the major...

Tip of the week: Document discrepancies in residents? workloads

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 43, November 8, 2011

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Tip of the week: Establish ongoing preparation between program accreditation cycles

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 42, November 1, 2011

    Many residency program directors and coordinators think that once they get their site visit results...

Tip of the week: Stay in touch with off-site directors

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 40, October 18, 2011

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Tip of the week: Review your residency program with this checklist

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 37, September 27, 2011

      According to the ACGME Common Program Requirements, residency programs’ curricula...

Feature blog post: A look at the ACGME Resident Survey

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 25, June 28, 2011

    See what the future holds for the ACGME Resident Survey.

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

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 24, June 21, 2011

    Understanding the competencies and knowing how to successfully articulate how your program...

News in brief: Assessing the accuracy of the ACGME Resident Survey

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 16, April 26, 2011

    The ACGME Resident Survey has been under much scrutiny from the GME community in recent years...

Tip of the week: PIF to-dos three months before the site visit

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 13, April 5, 2011

    The three-month mark is a great time to reconfirm when the program director needs to submit the PIF...

New duty hours to decrease continuity of care, says Mayo survey

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 6, February 15, 2011

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic (MN) surveyed internal medicine, pediatrics, and surgery program...

Tip of the week: Include residents and faculty in site visit preparation

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    You cannot tell a good story about your program without faculty and residents. Draw them into this...

Tip of the week: Focus site visit prep on previous citations, concerns, and comments

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 51, December 28, 2010

    Site visitors and RRC members look into previous citations, concerns, and comments first. They want...

Tip of the week: Educate residents and faculty about fatigue

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 49, December 14, 2010

    Teach residents and faculty to recognize the signs of fatigue and sleep deprivation and to mitigate...

Ask the expert: Should the program director meet with key stakeholders before a site visit?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 47, November 30, 2010

    Three months before the site visit, program directors should schedule meetings with each...

Ask the expert: How does the GMEC determine when to conduct a training program's internal review?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 45, November 16, 2010

    The ACGME mandates in its Institutional Requirements that the internal review should be “in...

Tip of the week: Navigate the nuances of master affiliation agreements and program letters of agreement

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 45, November 16, 2010

    One major part of fulfilling institutional requirements is the detailed contracts, or affiliation...

When answering PIF questions about how interpersonal and communication skills are taught, what should program directors and coordinators consider?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2010

    Consider asking yourself the following questions when writing answers on the PIF about the...

Ask the expert: What should we focus on when answering questions on the PIF?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 39, October 5, 2010

    First, focus on the RC’s previous citations and your responses. Site visitors and RC...

Ask the expert: What resources exist for PIF preparation?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 36, September 7, 2010

    One of the most valuable resources for help in completing the PIF and preparing for the site visit...

Tip of the week: Surfing the ACGME website

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    The ACGME website is full of helpful information—if you know where to look for it. The...

Ask the expert: Which learning activities should we develop goals and objectives for?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 25, June 22, 2010

    The ACGME requires programs to disseminate to the residents and faculty members a competency-based...

Tip of the week: Prepare for the annual program review

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 23, June 8, 2010

    The annual review provides your program with an opportunity to sit down with residency program...

Book excerpt: A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, Second Edition

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1: Interpersonal and Communication...

Ask the expert: How should I conduct faculty interviews during internal reviews?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 19, May 11, 2010

    The internal review committee should speak with important teachers from the program, including the...

Residency Program Alert May 2010

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    The May issue of Residency Program Alert provides program directors and coordinators with...

Tip of the week: Sucessfully describe your assessment system on the PIF

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 17, April 27, 2010

    Every PIF asks for a description of the program's assessment system.

Tip of the week: Develop a site visit preparation timeline

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 15, April 13, 2010

    When program directors and coordinators receive the notification letter from the ACGME informing...

Residency Program Alert April 2010

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    The April issue of Residency Program Alert provides program directors and coordinators with the...

The ACGME hints at what the future holds for GME

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    RPA got an insider’s look at what the future of GME holds from ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD...

Ask the expert: How often should program directors and coordinators review residents’ evaluations?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    The program director should review and initial any evaluation being added to a resident file as...

Tip of the week: Brief faculty and residents before the site visit

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 13, March 30, 2010

    It’s good practice to send a copy of your PIF to the faculty members who are scheduled to...

ACGME requires sponsoring institutions to submit HITECH amendment

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 9, March 2, 2010

    Sponsoring institutions that are considered covered entities must complete the ACGME Health...

Residency Program Alert March 2010

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    The March issue of Residency Program Alert provides program directors and coordinators with...

Streamline PIF preparation with a wiki

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Simplify documentation management tasks by taking PIF preparation into the digital age and creating...

Effortless ways to document program improvement efforts

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    RPA profiles how two programs took the pain out of documenting program improvement.

Ask the expert: What should I consider when answering PIF questions regarding professionalism competency?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 7, February 16, 2010

    When developing PIF answers about professionalism, ask yourself the following questions.

Ask the expert: What inconsistencies are commonly found on PIFs?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 5, February 2, 2010

    Some of the most common inconsistencies on the PIF are the following:

Ask the expert: What is the difference between ’must’ and ’should’ statements in the program requirements?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    When reading any of the ACGME’s requirements (institutional, common program, or specialty...

Tip of the week: Review PIF changes

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 3, January 19, 2010

    When you begin preparing the program information form (PIF), compare the current version to a...

Ask the expert: What should be included in an internal review report?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 1, January 5, 2010

    The internal review report should reflect the ACGME requirements and the institution’s...

Tips for preparing the institutional review document

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 50, December 29, 2009

    Attachment 1A/B and the companion Attachment 2 are two of the most important components of an ACGME...

Practical tips program managers can implement today

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    Budgets are tight this year, so many of you couldn’t make it to our 4th Annual Residency...

Residency Program Alert, December 2009

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    The December issue gives program directors and GME leaders a step-by-step guide for developing a...

Avoid data overload with quarterly reports

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Program directors and coordinators have developed sophisticated systems for collecting data...

Residency Program Alert, November 2009

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    The November issue gives GME leaders a step-by-step guide for building a robust faculty development...

Tip of the month: Selecting residents for the GMEC

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 41, October 27, 2009

    Residents bring a unique perspective to the GMEC. They’re on the front line of patient care...

Ask the expert: How can we assess the effectiveness of our evaluations?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 41, October 27, 2009

    Assessing the effectiveness of your evaluation tools is a critical part of the education process.

Tip of the month: Review the PIF with residents

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 39, October 13, 2009

    It is essential that the residents are aware of and agree with the PIF’s content.

Ask the expert: What exactly does "practice-based learning and improvement" mean?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 37, September 29, 2009

    To many, the ACGME core competency practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI) sounds like a...

Ask the expert: How can residency program directors and coordinators document resident participation in quality improvement activities?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 33, September 1, 2009

    The common program information form (PIF) asks for examples of quality activities in which...

Tip of the week: Create a document library to prepare for a site visit

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 28, July 28, 2009

    Preparing for the site visit is an overwhelming task for program directors and coordinators. An...

Tip of the week: PIF tutorials eliminate headaches

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 24, June 30, 2009

    Before working on or printing Part I of the Common Program Information Form (PIF), view the...

Free orientation resource available on Residency Manager Blog

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 22, June 16, 2009

    HCPro is proud to announce the publication of its latest residency resource, The Complete Residency...

Ask the expert: What information should PLAs contain?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 23, June 16, 2009

    Each residency program in an academic institution must have program letters of agreement (PLA) in...

Tip of the week: Don't let faculty qualifications get in you in PIF trouble

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 19, May 19, 2009

    When addressing the faculty in Part 1 of the PIF, there are a few areas where program directors and...

Define program director and coordinator responsibilites for PIF preparation

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 17, May 5, 2009

    With a site visit on the horizon and a program information form (PIF) to complete, program...

Residency Program Alert May 2009

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    In this issue, get tips for conducting successful interviews, redesigning resident work hours to...

A guide for successful PIF preparation

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    RPA lays out the steps you should take while preparing your PIF six months before the site visit.

Courtesies for site visitors

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 15, April 21, 2009

    Anyone who has to travel for work knows that it can be exhausting. Imagine being on the road as...

Institutional help for your PIF

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 11, March 24, 2009

    Residency program directors and coordinators typically submit annual reports to the designated...

PIF preparation strategy

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 9, March 10, 2009

    Completing the program information form (PIF) can be a time-intensive activity, but program...

Residency program accreditation cycles

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 8, March 3, 2009

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could look into a crystal ball before an ACGME site visit and see...

Avoid ACGME citations for a lack of patient cases

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Program directors must determine whether a resident or program problem is preventing them from...

Residency Program Alert, March 2009

  • Residency Program Alert, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    In this issue, get tips for ensuring the success of your chief residents, putting together a...

Ask the expert: What should we discuss with residents prior to a site visit?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 7, February 24, 2009

    The ACGME issues many citations based on the information residents give the site visitor during...

Internal review scheduling

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 6, February 10, 2009

    We’ve picked up several helpful hints for scheduling internal reviews. Facilitate scheduling...

Ask the expert: What should we consider when crafting answers about medical knowledge on the PIF?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 4, January 27, 2009

    Determine how to answer medical knowledge questions on the program information form (PIF) by...

Tip of the week: ACGME Resident/Fellow survey now open

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 2, January 13, 2009

    The 2009 ACGME Resident/Fellow survey is open for trainees to complete, the accrediting agency said...

Feature blog post: What to do if residents do not report their scholarly activities?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 36, December 30, 2008

    The ACGME requires programs to have evidence of residents’ scholarly activities and research.

Tip of the week: Brief residents before an ACGME site visit

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 36, December 30, 2008

    Although the ACGME discourages preparation of residents for a site visit, you may brief them before...

Ask the expert: What is the easiest way to get hospital and patient data for the PIF?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 34, December 16, 2008

    Every PIF has a section for hospital and patient data, including: Number of beds...

Tip of the week: Implement resident-driven quality improvement projects

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 34, December 16, 2008

    The common program information form (PIF) asks for an example quality activity or project that at...

Focus on previous citations, concerns, and comments during site visit preparation

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 32, December 2, 2008

    When preparing for a site visit, first focus on the review committee’s (RC) previous...

Tip of the week: Prepare new program directors for ACGME site visits

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 32, December 2, 2008

    If you do not already, ask new program directors to complete the program information form (PIF) as...

Ask the expert: Where can I find information about common citations before a site visit?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 30, November 18, 2008

    It’s important that residency program managers know what areas the ACGME cites most often...

Tip of the week: It takes a team to prepare a PIF

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 28, November 4, 2008

    About a year before your site visit, gather the necessary stakeholders for a focused meeting...

Ask the expert: What constitutes faculty scholarship as required by the ACGME?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 28, November 4, 2008

    The ACGME Common Program Requirements state that faculty must contribute to the education...

Feature blog post: Lessons learned from an ACGME site visit

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 26, October 21, 2008

    We just had our site visit last week.  I am sure you can all relate to that relieved feeling...

Tip of the month: Establish a timeline for site visit preparation

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 26, October 21, 2008

    Focus on developing a timeline of all that you need to accomplish between the date on which you...

Instructions for composing a progress report for the ACGME

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 24, October 7, 2008

    If your RRC asks you to write a progress report with corrections to citations issued from your...

Ask the expert: How do I find the time to complete the PIF?

  • Residency Program Insider, Issue 24, October 7, 2008

    The program director and coordinator should carve out protected time to work on the PIF. This...