GME director shares her experience with CLER visit

Residency Program Insider, July 18, 2014

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Vicki Hamm, graduate medical education director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, recently completed her institution’s first CLER visit. Join Hamm on Tuesday, August 12, 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern, for a live webcast in which she will share her personal experience and offer tips about preparing for the visit, the days of the visit, and what to expect after the visit is complete. This 60-minute presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session with the audience.
Below, Hamm answers a few questions from HCPro about her CLER visit.

Why is it important for institutions to prepare for a CLER visit before they receive notification from the ACMGE?

It is important for institutions to plan for a CLER visit before they are notified because there are many parties that have to be engaged during the visit and by that I mean your CEO, chief quality officer, and chief nursing officer. It is very helpful if they know the goals and objectives of CLER and what to expect. Also important are your program directors and coordinators, core faculty, and last—but certainly not least—your residents who will be participating in the interviews. Everyone needs to know about CLER and the expectations before the visit is actually scheduled.
Having gone through one, what is the biggest misconception out there about CLER visits?

I think the biggest misconception before the visit is that it won’t be beneficial in terms of identifying weaknesses in the six focus areas of CLER. In particular, for my institution, our system of patient safety and quality improvement. But we were pleasantly surprised because the site visitors were extremely helpful in giving feedback to us every step of the way during the visit. They were able to identify our strengths and weaknesses in a very short amount of time and it was a nice surprise. They really did get it right.  

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