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  • Self-study made simple: An introduction to the ACGME's self-study

    The self-study is a new accreditation activity program directors and coordinators must complete as part of the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System (NAS). Completing the self-study is a daunting task for many program directors and coordinators, who often do not know where to begin. Not to mention, the self-study carries high stakes. The ACGME reviews program strengths and improvements made as a result of the self-study during the 10-year site visit.

  • ACGME revokes USC cardiovascular fellowship accreditation

    The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has officially informed the University of Southern California that its cardiovascular fellowship program, which is run jointly with L.A. County, will lose its accreditation next year. In an unusual move, the ACGME also placed USC and the L.A. County-USC Medical Center on immediate probation for failing to “demonstrated substantial compliance” with unspecified requirements.

  • Rotation scheduling: Eliminate duplicate rotations

    Program coordinators should look at the minimum number of cases that residents need in each category, and they should monitor residents’ caseloads to determine where residents complete those index cases and how many cases they accrue. If residents accumulate more than required, the program may choose to eliminate duplicate rotations.

  • Benefits of using QR codes and a survey tool to track resident attendance

    Brandon Hamm, MD, MS, consultation liaison psychiatry fellow, and Sharon Ezzo, MS, C-TAGME, coordinator for the adult psychiatry residency program at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, implemented an innovative, technology-based system for tracking resident attendance at didactic lectures. By coupling QR codes and a survey tool to track resident attendance, residency coordinators and residents have seen many benefits.

  • Program director peer review enhances APE effectiveness

    Many institutions have excellent annual program evaluation (APE) processes that include templates, dashboards, and reports that guide programs through the process and yield data to improve their programs. Although effective, there’s another mechanism that can reveal valuable insights to help programs get the most out of their APEs: the graduate medical education committee (GMEC). 

  • AAFP calls for changes to resident education

    Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) are advocating for an expansion of residency training topics, including training on medications used to treat opioid abuse and training on billing and coding. These issues were discussed during the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, held April 25-27.

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  • Heard this week

    “When you are unfamiliar with a topic being discussed on rounds, take the risk and ask about it. Better to sound a bit green and learn something new than to stay silent and not know what to do when you get that 3:00 a.m. call.”

    - Kirk Sidey, MD, discusses overcoming the fears that plague residents.