Use a SWOT analysis to identify your program's areas for improvement

Residency Program Insider, December 30, 2016

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from The Program Evaluation Committee Handbook: From Annual Program Evaluation to Self-Study.For more information about this book or to order your copy, click here.

The annual program evaluation (APE), the formal process of reviewing residency and fellowship programs, is completed by the program evaluation committee (PEC). The purpose of the APE and PEC is to continually review aspects of the training program and track their progress.

Programs can utilize a Strength-Weakness-Opportunity-Threat (SWOT) analysis to conduct portions of the APE to help identify areas for improvement and determine actions plans to address these areas. Because we are familiar with the systems-based practice core competency, one way to think of SWOT is as program-level systems-based practice. We train residents to be knowledgeable about their role as healthcare providers within the larger hospital and healthcare networks. At the same time, SWOT is a way of looking at your program within the larger institution and the entire spectrum of healthcare. In radiology, for instance, a common question is, “What is the value of radiology in patient care? Are we providing effective and efficient services to the patient and the referring physician?”

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