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Tip of the week: Use the GME office to complete the program information form

Residency Program Insider, February 25, 2008

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The program information form (PIF) is the crux of an ACGME site visit. The program director--often with the help of the coordinator--must complete this specialty-specific document, which is a compilation of information that reflects the current status of your program.

However, if you get stuck on a question in the PIF, or are uncertain of how to access the required information, ask the GME office for help. Chances are they know the answers or will know whom you can contact to get them. Remember, although your program may have a site visit only once every five years, your GME office may go through a survey of one of their programs every month. Don't hesitate to use the GME staff members' expertise.

More information about completing the PIF can be found in Insider's Guide to ACGME Site Visit, Second Edition, by Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH, and Shepard Cohen, available here.



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