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Ask the expert: What is curriculum credentialing?

Residency Program Insider, April 13, 2010

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Curriculum credentialing is an internal process that utilizes clinical activities and experiences as part of the process of meeting the program’s goals and objectives. It is program-specific.

Residents need to successfully complete activities and rotations specific to their postgraduate year (PGY) levels before being promoted to the next level. The program coordinator tracks compliance with these activities, follows up with delinquent residents, and provides the program director with summative reports. Although the program director can discuss the status of these activities, as well as the content of the activities, at any time, they are always discussed during the resident’s file review.

For example, a program may require residents at each level of training to complete specific courses and competency-based activities. Some programs may also set a procedural threshold for each level of training that residents also have to meet. Combine these with evaluations of residents to form the basis of curriculum credentialing. If a resident completes the procedural requirements of a rotation, but receives a “needs significant improvement” or “unsuccessful” evaluation, that resident may have to participate in an educational enhancement program and then return to the original rotation for a specific predetermined period of time to be reevaluated. Consider not promoting the resident to the next level until all rotations and activities have been satisfactorily completed.

This week’s question and answer are from The Complete Residency Program Management Guide, by Ruth H. Nawotniak, MS, C-TAGME.
 



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