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Ask the expert: What aspects of the curriculum should we examine during our annual program review?

Residency Program Insider, October 21, 2008

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You should analyze the following three curriculum components:

  • Appropriateness of educational objectives (competency-based, for all activities and rotations, for all program years)
  • Effectiveness of teaching strategic clinical assignments, conference schedules, workshops, and simulations
  • Validity of evaluation tools

Print out the most recent requirements and compare your findings against your program requirements. Look at each requirement and make sure you’ve covered every one. Consider photocopying pertinent sections for each faculty member and resident who will attend the review. The annual program review is an excellent opportunity to teach residents and faculty what is expected in your specialty. Before performing the review, make sure that the residents and faculty fully understand each requirement.

This week’s question and answer from Insider’s Guide to the ACGME Site Visit, Second Edition, by Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH and Shepard Cohen, published by HCPro, Inc.



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