Residency

Tip of the week: 'On-review' status serves as a good wake-up call

Residency Program Insider, March 6, 2012

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Residents slip sometimes during their time in the program by missing too many conferences, not reading patient care preparation material, or performing under the level of expectation. The situation must be addressed, but putting them on academic probation may not always be the best step to take.

To help get residents back on track, consider using a status such as “on-review.”

The status alerts a resident that the program director and faculty are monitoring his or her performance very closely. Make sure the resident understands he or she is not on academic probation. Allow three months for the resident to correct his or her actions.

At that point, you can decide to:

  • Keep the resident “on-review”
  • Place the resident on probation
  • Remove the “on-review” status as well as any documentation of the status from his or her personal resident file

This week’s tip is from The Graduate Medical Education Committee Handbook by Vicki Hamm and Christine Redovan, MBA.



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