Tip of the month: A simple step to show GMEC oversight

Residency Program Insider, February 2, 2010

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During GMEC meetings, ask programs to give a report on the number of residents they have on probation. Notifying the committee about resident probation status fulfills an ACGME requirement of institutional/GMEC oversight. It is not necessary to explain all of the details of the residents’ cases during the meeting. Simply say, “The neurology program has one resident on probation.” Make sure to document this conversation in meeting minutes to show the ACGME as evidence of oversight during an institutional review.

This process also preserves program quality. If one program has several residents on probation, it says something about the candidates the program is accepting. It can also be a sign that there are other program-related deficiencies that need attention.

This week’s tip is from The Graduate Medical Education Committee Handbook, by Vicki Hamm, published by HCPro, Inc.

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