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Tip of the Week: Prepare your program information form

Residency Program Insider, December 3, 2007

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The program information form (PIF) is a document specific to your specialty that you must complete before ACGME site visitors arrive at your facility. While the program director is ultimately responsible for the preparation of the PIF, often times, the director and program coordinator work together to compile the vast amount of information required. Filling out a PIF can be a daunting task, but there are some simple things you can do to make it go more smoothly. Consider the following five tips when putting together a PIF:

  • Check the ACGME website to ensure you have the most up to date PIF as well as any addendums.
  • Go through the PIF sections and gather all pertinent documentation so you know early on what you're missing and need to track down.
  • Save the PIF on your computer's desktop and update it as needed.
  • Have a copy of your most recent program requirements nearby so you can easily reference them.
  • Consider delegating portions of the PIF to senior faculty, but set a strict deadline so all materials have time to be edited.

More information about site visits can be found in Insiders' Guide to ACGME Site Visit: Second Edition by Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH and Shepard Cohen, available here.



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