Who should be on your program evaluation committee?

Residency Program Insider, July 24, 2019

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Beyond ACGME Compliance: Successful Development, Oversight, and Enhancement of Residency Programs. For more information about this book, click here.

The program evaluation committee (PEC) must include at least two faculty and one resident/fellow. Many programs choose to have each major curricular area in the program represented by a faculty member. For example, in internal medicine, there may be representation from the major subspecialties, such as cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology, and significant curricular areas, such as continuity clinic and quality improvement. In addition, to foster diversity of perspectives, many programs choose to have one or more residents from each level of the program on the committee. Consistent attendance and participation of all PEC members are essential. Larger, more complex programs (e.g., surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics) may elect to have smaller meetings designed to evaluate a particular component of the program (e.g., faculty development). However, there must be a summary PEC meeting with all members present to create the final annual program evaluation minutes and action plan.

In addition, the ACGME has placed an increased emphasis on core program oversight of subspecialty residency programs (fellowships). Core program PECs should have faculty representatives from their subspecialty residency programs. Likewise, subspecialty residency PECs should include the program director or associate/assistant program director from the core program. But, subspecialty programs must each have their own PEC.

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