Review your program's overall educational goals

Residency Program Insider, July 19, 2019

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

The program evaluation committee (PEC) should review the overall educational goals of the program to see if all activities are aligned with the goals. The ACGME does not assign responsibility to formulate these goals to any particular person or committee, allowing each program to design goals as it sees fit. This requirement has been a part of the Common Program Requirements for more than 10 years, so unless your program is new, it should already have these in place for the PEC to review.

The overall educational goals for the program must be accessible to residents and faculty. Residents should know and understand these goals because they describe the program expectations of residents and faculty and what the program intends to achieve. Thinking ahead to the self-study, the overall goals of the program should closely align with the program aims the self-study group is expected to review.

The PEC must a) review the overall goals annually, b) suggest modifications if necessary, and c) ensure that updated goals are distributed to faculty and residents.


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