Celebrating Continuous Quality Improvement in Educational Program Design!

Have you conducted your Annual Program Evaluation (APE) for 2017-2018? Was a laborious affair where it felt like all your warts were exposed and dissected? Did you leave that meeting feeling dejected and frustrated? APEs do not have to be only a review of negative. They can be a celebration of what is going right in your program and in every program there is always something going right. At my ins ...[Read More]

Pam’s Pearl – New Residents and Well-Being

Now is the time to be extra vigilant with new residents and well-being.  Orientation is done and first rotations are completed.  I’ve had three residents this past 10 days needing encouragement and assistance as they transition in to the role of a care provider.  These are good residents.  They have put themselves under pressure as they feel the burden of caring for patients and feel inadequate to ...[Read More]

Financial Literacy in GME

Financial literacy is something that is not routinely taught in medical school or residency.  We are starting to hear more and more about financial literacy in GME; from personal finance all the way to running a hospital.  In order to train our residents to be future leaders, financial literacy is a must.  Resources are plentiful; however how do you know who to trust and what to listen to?  First ...[Read More]

Does the PEC (Program Evaluation Committee) need to meet more often than once a year?

While the requirement in the Common Program Requirements states that the PEC needs to meet a minimum of one time a year to complete the Annual Program Evaluation (APE), the role of the PEC is quite comprehensive. If your program is keen on being in a “continuous improvement mode”, the PEC should be meeting on a regular basis. This can mean as much as monthly throughout the entire acade ...[Read More]

Safety Alerts

Question: To meet the expectation that the sponsoring institution document the residents’ engagement in the safety alert process, we are contemplating requiring residents to submit safety alerts that are not anonymous. Is this a good idea? There are GOOD reasons to require the residents to submit safety alerts that are NOT anonymous: 1)      It’s a requirement that the sponsoring institution docum ...[Read More]

Research in Medical Education Grant Opportunity

Have a great idea or theory surrounding medical education?  The Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME) has a call for proposals that make a substantial contribution to advancing practice, theory or research in medical education.  The grant will cover $4,000 in project monies and $1,000 in travel expenses to present your paper during an SDRME meeting.  Authors will have up to ...[Read More]

Rural Residency Funding Opportunities

Are you a new rural residency program?  Are you thinking of starting a rural residency program? The Rural Health Information Hub provides a list of available grants and awards for rural residency programs.   You can search for funding by state, topic or type.  And if you are not sure where to start, give Partners a call for all of your graduate medical education needs!

Hand-off Infographic

Whether you call it a hand-off, sign-out or care transition, one thing is clear: transferring and communicating information about patients is critical.  Having a structured hand-off can aid in ensuring the information is accurate, pertinent and understandable.  The 5 Benefits from a Structured Handoff infographic, courtesy of e-Handoff, may be downloaded from their website and used to facilitate c ...[Read More]

It’s time to look at your WebADS

It’s coming… Just as the dust is settling on the orientation processes for your new residents and your graduating residents bid their good-byes, July arrives and it’s time to look at your WebADS and plan your update. Tasks include: review and respond to your citations, develop a cohesive response to “Program Changes”, collect data for the scholarly activity productivity of your faculty and residen ...[Read More]

Team Based Learning

You may have heard of team based learning (TBL), a form of instruction that utilizes pre-class preparation, team learning and assimilation and instructor led application exercises.  Medical education is beginning to embrace TBL, particularly as we learn of the various learning styles of our students and residents and begin to move away from the traditional lecture.  An excellent resource for TBL i ...[Read More]

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