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  • Study: Medical errors are not more likely in July than other months

    According to the lore surrounding the medical myth, July suffers more medical errors than any other month because of an influx of new medical school graduates starting their hospital training. However, this is not so, according to new research published this month in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

  • Residency coordinator salaries and titles

    Since 2007, Residency Program Alert has conducted a survey of residency coordinators nationwide, compiling and analyzing data to show how salaries and working conditions can vary and what factors influence how much coordinators earn.

  • Clinical competency committee composition

    The clinical competency committee (CCC) is responsible for ensuring that medical educators are accountable to the public for graduating competent physicians. Competent physicians will provide safe, high-quality healthcare to patients and will maintain the standards of the healthcare system within which they practice

  • Improve meeting minutes with these seven tips

    Although writing meeting minutes is a tedious task, no one can dispute their importance. Besides reporting Milestone data to the ACGME in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) twice a year, your institutional GME office may also require specific documentation. Thus, it is important that your clinical competency committee (CCC) meeting be documented accurately and thoroughly by a designated individual. This person can be a CCC member, a secretary, or—most likely—the program coordinator.

  • Interviewing residency program applicants

    There are two major residency candidate interviewing methodologies. Most programs use the open method in which interviewers receive the application documents in advance and have the opportunity to read them ahead of time. The advantage of this approach is that the interviewer knows what is in the candidate’s file, and each interviewer can focus on one portion of the application during the interview.

  • Current trends in practitioner demand and salary

    According to the Merritt Hawkins 2019 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives, primary care physicians are extremely in-demand. However, data gathered by Merritt Hawkins, a national healthcare search and conducting firm specializing in the recruitment of practitioners, indicates that there is increasing demand for medical specialists. For example, 78% of Merritt Hawkins’ search assignments tracked in the 2019 Review were for medical specialists (in comparison to primary care physicians) compared to 67% four years ago.

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  • Heard this week

    “When you are unfamiliar with a topic being discussed on rounds, take the risk and ask about it. Better to sound a bit green and learn something new than to stay silent and not know what to do when you get that 3:00 a.m. call.”

    - Kirk Sidey, MD, discusses overcoming the fears that plague residents.