Enhance the oversight process with a program leadership retreat

Residency Program Insider, September 25, 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.

Educating constituents is essential to an effective, efficient, and efficacious oversight process. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has found success in implementing a program leadership retreat. This semiannual retreat includes program directors, program coordinators, and administrators from departments with residency programs. (Administrators might become increasingly involved in developmental efforts because of their key role in program resource allocation.) The GME office sponsors and coordinates the retreat.

The retreat is a half-day event and is a combination of a brief presentation by the designated institutional official and the associate/assistant deans for GME, followed by small-group activities and large-group discussion. Suggested topics for the retreat include:
•    Dissemination of information with respect to the Next Accreditation System (NAS)
•    Development of the oversight process
•    International medical graduates
•    National Resident Matching Program and avoiding match violations
•    Legal issues regarding interviewing
•    Program evaluation

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