The role of the program evaluation committee

Residency Program Insider, February 13, 2020

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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 be composed of at least two program faculty members and should include at least one resident (unless there are currently no trainees in the program). The committee must have a written description of its responsibilities, and members should participate actively in:

  • Planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational activities of the program
  • Reviewing and making recommendations for revision of competency-based curriculum goals and objectives
  • Addressing areas of noncompliance with ACGME standards
  • Reviewing the program annually using evaluations of faculty, residents, and others

The program, through the PEC, must document formal, systematic evaluation of the curriculum at least annually and is responsible for rendering a written annual program evaluation. Commercially available residency data management software systems are helpful in organizing the mass of accreditation data. Your institution can create and upload a standard form for all programs to complete as part of the annual program evaluation and upload it into your residency data management system.

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