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Ask the expert: What should a policy on reporting entail?

Residency Program Insider, March 11, 2008

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A policy for reporting misconduct in the education and work environment should describe:

  • How the institution will make certain all residents know the policy exists 
  • Where and to whom residents should report concerns
  • A guarantee of confidentiality and protection for the person reporting
  • Process the administration takes when a resident makes a report
  • Who will respond and set corrective actions to concerns
  • When it is appropriate to report to senior administration and outside governing agencies

For more information on confidential reporting for residents, see HCPro, Inc.'s Insider's Guide to the ACGME Institutional Review by Josephine R. Fowler, MD, MS, FAAFP, available here.



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