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Tip of the week: Keep participating institutions in the loop with GMEC minutes

Residency Program Insider, March 28, 2014

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The ACGME Institutional Requirements state that “The GMEC must meet at least quarterly and maintain written minutes.” How often the GMEC convenes varies from institution within this stipulation. Whereas some meet for one or two hours on a monthly basis, others meet every other month, and some even meet quarterly and spend as much as a half day considering issues.
 
No matter how frequently you meet, the GMEC must have written minutes of every gathering. No guidelines exist explaining how the GMEC should organize the minutes. The minutes may consist of a running text of the discussion and actions of the committee, or they may be written in spreadsheet fashion with the corresponding ACGME requirement linked to the relevant topic.
 
Consider sending all the major participating institutions in your system a copy of each month’s GMEC minutes. Even though the DIO will give them a composite report at the end of the academic year, it doesn’t hurt to keep the hospitals informed of the committee’s activities.
 
This tip is from The Graduate Medical Education Committee Handbook, by Vicki Hamm.



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