ACGME to visit SLU's medical school

Residency Program Insider, January 8, 2018

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St. Louis University's (SLU) medical school is expecting a visit later this month by the ACGME to talk with residents about concerns regarding the learning environment and growing resident fear of retaliation. The ACGME is separate from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which put SLU's medical school accreditation on probation last year.

In a letter from the ACGME, two focus areas were identified as problematic: the "oversight of underperforming programs" and the "ability to provide learning and working environments in which residents/fellows have the opportunity to raise concerns and provide feedback without intimidation or retaliation and in a confidential manner." Since being put on probation by the LCME, the school has announced its plan to hire two new quality-control specialists and implemented an anonymous online form for residents to report mistreatment.

During its visit, the ACGME intends to meet with peer-selected residents and fellows from 15 of the 64 accredited programs. All these programs had responses on last year's survey that were below the national average. Approximately a third of these programs were granted accreditation "with warning" in early 2017, according to the ACGME's database. The school itself, remains fully accredited.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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