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Ask the expert: How can I improve resident safety?

Residency Program Insider, July 1, 2008

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The ACGME Institutional Requirements state that institutions must provide a safe environment for their residents. To meet this requirement and keep residents feeling comfortable and out of harms way, many institutions have utilized the following programs:

• Training workshops for self-protection
• Escort services for residents leaving the hospital after hours
• Links to local police services for enhanced security
• Specific phone lines to call in case of emergency
• Contingency plans for extreme situations, such as hostage situations, fire, and bomb threats

This week’s question and answer come from Insider’s Guide to the ACGME Institutional Review, by Josephine R. Fowler, MD, MS, FAAFP



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