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Tip of the week: Resources for PIF preparation

Residency Program Insider, September 9, 2008

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One of the most effective resources in completing the program information form (PIF) is your colleague’s expertise. The majority of specialties have a professional organization for program directors, an organization that meets once every year. These meetings are an excellent way of connecting with colleagues for networking and assistance. Strike up a relationship with fellow residency program managers, and most will be willing to share their PIFs with you. Additionally, each meeting usually has a seminar or workshop that addresses site visit preparation.  

Program coordinators also have professional forums—either under the umbrella of the program director organization or as a separate entity. Network with your coordinator colleagues, and don’t hesitate to contact a coordinator who recently experienced a site visit. It isn’t against the rules, and you can gain helpful hints to avoid mistakes.

This week’s tip comes from Program Information Form Made Simple: A Guide to Completing the ACGME PIF by, Jeri L. Whitten, C-TAGME and Vicki Hamm.



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