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  • Help us plan our next residency books!

    HCPro is working on a pair of books, and we need your feedback! The first one is about teaching ethics to residents. Our plan is to develop a handbook that would be a quick, easy-to-read resource for residents, who often struggle to understand how to deal with ethical situations in medicine. We want to know if there is demand for this kind of book and what you would like to see included in this book.

    We would also like to publish a new edition of our Graduate Medical Education Office Handbook. Again, we would like to gauge demand for this kind of book and what topics you would like to see covered.

    Please email me to let us know. Thanks!

  • Review your program's overall educational goals

    The program evaluation committee (PEC) should review the overall educational goals of the program to see if all activities are aligned with the goals. The ACGME does not assign responsibility to formulate these goals to any particular person or committee, allowing each program to design goals as it sees fit.

  • Stepping up into a leadership role

    It’s official: Coordinators are a part of the program’s leadership team. Section II.C. of the ACGME Common Program Requirements clearly states, “The program coordinator is a member of the leadership team and is critical to the success of the program.” The new requirements went into effect July 1.

  • Plan announced for residents displaced by hospital's upcoming closing

    Late last month Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia declared bankruptcy with plans to close in September. Under a recently announced plan, the majority of its nearly 600 residents and fellows may be able to transfer to hospitals in the region that are part of the Tower Health system, according to a joint statement.

  • Track residents' progress with Milestones

    Programs have historically evaluated trainees on the ACGME six core competencies and will continue to do so, but in a more robust way with the addition of Milestones. Milestones can be thought of as competency outcomes that provide more details to aid in effective curriculum development to meet board requirements.

  • Study: Surgeons continue overprescribing opioids in spite of CDC warnings

    According to a recent analysis of Medicare data by Kaiser Health News and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, many surgeons consistently overprescribe opioids for postoperative pain, regardless of CDC warnings and recommendations from academic medical centers. The study looked at almost 350,000 prescriptions written by nearly 20,000 surgeons between 2011 and 2016.

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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.