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Partners® has worked with countless community hospitals, health systems, consortiums and universities. Whether your goal is to have your institution and programs achieve the best possible outcomes, become an accredited institution, or navigate NAS, Partners® has the experts you need.

Are you an AOA accredited program or institution, looking for Single Accreditation information? We Can Help!

Institutional Accreditation

CLER

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Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Readiness

Partners® can help you assess your institution’s existing processess and identify areas for improvement:

  • Six Focus Areas – Education & Integration
    • Patient Safety
    • Transitions of Care
    • Supervision
    • Duty Hours, Fatigue Management & Mitigation
    • Professionalism
    • Quality Improvement
  • Onsite Interviews
    • CEO
    • Senior Leadership (C-Suite)
    • GME Leadership (DIO, GMEC Chair, Resident Member of GMEC)
    • Core Faculty
    • Program Directors
    • Resident/Fellow Group Meeting
  • Work Plan Development
  • Data Collections
  • Walk-Arounds
  • Hand Offs
  • Education Sessions
  • Assist with development of resident involvement in performance improvement activities

On-Site Educational Sessions

Bring Partners’® experienced consultants on-site for intensive, customized educational sessions tailored to your specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Choose from half-day, one-day or multiple-day educational sessions
  • Consultants come on-site to deliver professional expertise on the GME topic of your choice
  • Power Point presentation provided as a handout prior to training
  • Educational sessions are based on pre-assessment so it’s geared specifically to your organization
  • Use education time to review current protocols, reports, etc. and offer recommendations
  • Interpret the requirements regarding each topic and answer any questions
  • Sample documents and “Best Practices” shared

Establishing an Effective GME Office

  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Establishing an Effective GME Office
  • GME Budgeting & Expense Monitoring Systems
  • GME Policies & Procedures
  • GME Statement of Commitment
  • GMEC Minutes & Tracking
  • GMEC Organization/Structure and Responsibilities
  • House Staff Contracts
  • The Office of the GMEC Chairman and/or DIO
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?

The Office of the GMEC Chairman/DIO

  • Annual Institutional Review
  • Self-Study Visits
  • Site Visits: Focused/Diagnostic
  • CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep
  • Orientation for GMEC Members
  • Program Directors and GMEC
  • Recruiting for Key GME Positions
  • Resident CQI
  • Role of the DIO
  • Six General Competencies
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?
  • Changes in the ACGME site surveys: The CLER Visit

Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs)

As the one person ultimately responsible for oversight and administration over their institution’s many programs, we know about your continuous search for innovative techniques and reliable assistance for your programs while simultaneously dealing with escalating responsibilities and limited resources and support.

Our seasoned consultants will bring useful, outside perspectives, yet become an integral part of your team to help you with:

Institutional Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Institution’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Improving and streamlining GME operations and management
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill

Program Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Program’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill
  • Provide guidance and assist in development of a data collection system

Adding a New Residency Program

  • Assess your Institution’s readiness to start a new residency program
  • Provide assistance in developing a budget
  • Provide professional development programs to prepare new Program Directors and faculty

Become an Accredited Institution

  • Assess your Institution’s resources
  • Evaluating your ability to comply with ACGME accreditation requirements
  • Assist in the development of GMEC

Accreditation

Annual Institutional Review (AIR)

ACGME Institutional Requirements (I.B.5 – Outcome)state the GMEC must demonstrate effective oversight of the Sponsoring Institution’s accreditation through an Annual Institutional Review (AIR).

Partners® will work with you and your GMEC to develop a protocol to use for you Annual Institutional Review that meets the requirements by:

  • Identification of institutional performance indicators
  • Review of resident/faculty surveys
  • Creation of executive summary report

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement an action plan.

Self Study Visits

Self-Study visits are scheduled every 10 years to assess the institution and/or program’s success at self-improvement.

According to ACGME Policies and Procedures, the 10 year Self Study site visit will be a comprehensive self-study that needs to include a description of how the program or sponsoring institution creates an effective learning and working environment, which leads to desired educational outcomes, provides an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, and also includes plans for improvement.

Partners® will work with you and your institution or program to develop a process for your Self Study that meets the requirement through.

  • Review of your Annual Institutional Review or Annual Program Evaluations
  • Review of the improvements that have occurred previously
  • Identification of your strengths and weaknesses, while addressing areas of non-compliance
  • Assistance with the implementation of performance improvement projects related to your area of focus.

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement an action plan for improvements going forward.

Full Site Visit

Partners® will work with you to assess your compliance with all the applicable standards and requirements for your ACGME accredited institution under the Next Accreditation System (NAS) through:

  • Off-site review of documents required by the ACGME
  • On-site work with the institution to:
    • Perform interviews with appropriate personnel
    • Review additional documentation including oversight and tracking systems
    • Provide education and best practice solutions

Our expert GME consultant will identify issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement recommendations to improve your institution’s compliance with all the requirements.

Focused/Diagnostic Site Visit

Partners® will work with you to address areas of the institution identified as needing attention or not being in compliance with all the applicable standards and requirements for ACGME accreditation under the Next Accreditation System through:

  • Off-site review of documents required by the ACGME
  • On-site work with the program to:
    • Perform interviews with appropriate personnel
    • Review additional documentation including oversight and tracking systems
    • Provide education and best practice solutions

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement recommendations to improve your institutions’ compliance with all the requirements.

Policy & Procedure Development

Let Partners® assist you in performing a complete ACGME required policy and procedure review for your institution and/or program.

We will ensure that your policies:

  • Contain the latest ACGME requirements
  • Are current and applicable to your GME accreditation success

Don’t have the policies and procedures you need? We can help with that too!

GMEC Responsibilities

Need help with the structure and responsibilities required of the GMEC in the new institutional requirements?

Partners® will work with you and your GMEC to ensure your GMEC is meeting the responsibilities outlined in the ACGME requirements for your institution by:

  • Development/Review of your policy and procedures
  • Review of your evaluation and improvement processes
    • Annual Institutional Review (AIR)
    • Special Review
    • Annual Program Evaluation (APE)
  • Assessment of the learning/working environment
    • Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER)

Our expert GME consultant will identify issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement recommendations to improve your institution’s compliance with the GMEC responsibilities.

Dashboard Development

In NAS, the continuous accreditation model is based on annual data submitted, other data requests, and aggregated results.  How can you monitor your program’s, and ultimately your institution’s, performance at a glance?  Develop a Dashboard.

Partners® will work with you and your institution or program to develop a Dashboard that will show their performance at-a-glance.  Partners® can help you:

  • Identify your metrics
  • Organize your data and determine your benchmarks
  • Analyze your program’s aggregated data to identify what your institution is doing well.

Our expert GME consultant will partner with you to develop a Dashboard that will provide you with an at-a-glance report of performance, and help you to implement an action plan for improvements going forward.

On-Site Assessment

An on-site assessment conducted by one of our seasoned experts, customized to your institution’s and program’s specific needs. Examples include:

  • NAS Compliance
  • Address Institutional or Program GME concerns
  • Respond to Citations
  • CLER Readiness
  • Other identified areas specific to you

Assessment visits can range from one to multiple days onsite and may include interviews, didactic sessions, action plan development, and written or verbal reports.

Some issues require the addition of off-site document review, phone and/or email correspondence.

On-Site Educational Sessions

Bring Partners’® experienced consultants on-site for intensive, customized educational sessions tailored to your specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Choose from half-day, one-day or multiple-day educational sessions
  • Consultants come on-site to deliver professional expertise on the GME topic of your choice
  • Power Point presentation provided as a handout prior to training
  • Educational sessions are based on pre-assessment so it’s geared specifically to your organization
  • Use education time to review current protocols, reports, etc. and offer recommendations
  • Interpret the requirements regarding each topic and answer any questions
  • Sample documents and “Best Practices” shared

Establishing an Effective GME Office

  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Establishing an Effective GME Office
  • GME Budgeting & Expense Monitoring Systems
  • GME Policies & Procedures
  • GME Statement of Commitment
  • GMEC Minutes & Tracking
  • GMEC Organization/Structure and Responsibilities
  • House Staff Contracts
  • The Office of the GMEC Chairman and/or DIO
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?

The Office of the GMEC Chairman/DIO

  • Annual Institutional Review
  • Self-Study Visits
  • Site Visits: Focused/Diagnostic
  • CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep
  • Orientation for GMEC Members
  • Program Directors and GMEC
  • Recruiting for Key GME Positions
  • Resident CQI
  • Role of the DIO
  • Six General Competencies
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?
  • Changes in the ACGME site surveys: The CLER Visit

Faculty Development

Partners®can help assess and correct problems or improve your already excellent team by providing education and expert guidance. Every Partners’® faculty development activity is facilitated by one of our experienced consultants.

Our custom educational sessions begin with an interactive needs assessment. We then prepare a program tailored to your learning
and strategic objectives.

Target Group — Any combination of staff, including:

  • Program Directors
  • Program Administrators
  • GME Administrators & Office Staff
  • Program Faculty
  • GMEC Members
  • DIO
  • Medical specialty specific or a mix of specialties and professions

Format — Length of program can range from a half-day to two days

Methods — Tailored to your needs and preferences, including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Group discussions and facilitated exercises
  • Workshops with hands-on development of documents
  • Situational role-play with feedback

Location — Training can be provided on-site at your institution. Scheduling is done at the convenience of your staff and our consultant.

Possible Topics — Choose one of our institutional, program, or administrative topics – or suggest one of your own! Some of our most popular development topics include:

  • “The Next Accreditation System (NAS)”
  • “GME Office: Supporting Your Programs & GMEC”
  • “New Institutional Requirements”
  • “Practical Prep for CLER”
  • “Designing Dashboards”

Special Review Process

ACGME Institutional Requirements (I.B.6 -Core) state that the GMEC must demonstrate effective oversight of underperforming programs through a Special Review Process.

Partners® will work with you and your GMEC to develop a protocol to use for your Special Review Process that meets the requirements by:

  • Establishing a criteria for underperformance
  • Creating quality improvement goals
  • Implementing corrective actions
  • Developing a process to monitoring outcomes

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement recommendations to demonstrate effective oversight of underperforming programs through an effective Special Review Process.

Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs)

As the one person ultimately responsible for oversight and administration over their institution’s many programs, we know about your continuous search for innovative techniques and reliable assistance for your programs while simultaneously dealing with escalating responsibilities and limited resources and support.

Our seasoned consultants will bring useful, outside perspectives, yet become an integral part of your team to help you with:

Institutional Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Institution’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Improving and streamlining GME operations and management
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill

Program Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Program’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill
  • Provide guidance and assist in development of a data collection system

Adding a New Residency Program

  • Assess your Institution’s readiness to start a new residency program
  • Provide assistance in developing a budget
  • Provide professional development programs to prepare new Program Directors and faculty

Become an Accredited Institution

  • Assess your Institution’s resources
  • Evaluating your ability to comply with ACGME accreditation requirements
  • Assist in the development of GMEC

Strategic Planning for Programs

We’ll provide a safe environment for your program stakeholders to:

  • Develop Program Aims
  • Conduct SWOT Analysis
  • Incorporate New APE Concepts

According to the ACGME, the Self-Study will be based on:

  • Successive Data-Driven APEs
  • Resident and Faculty Survey Data
  • Stakeholder Input

Didactic Session on the What, Why and How of Strategic Planning, Designed for GME Office, DIO, PDs, and Coordinators. Followed By, Program – Specific Strategic Planning.

Let Partners® develop a custom Strategic Planning Workshop for you!

Institutional Education

Navigating the Next Accreditation System (NAS)

New institutional requirements are now in effect. Although the internal review, as a regular oversight tool, has been eliminated, additional oversight tools have been added. Partners®can assist you with:

  • Educating the GMEC, Program Directors, and Program Coordinators about their role in ensuring compliance with NAS institutional requirements
  • Developing an approach for your Annual Institutional Review (AIR) and Special Reviews
  • Establishing strategies and revising policies to meet the new requirements in NAS
  • Assess your readiness for your CLER visit. Even though there are no forms to complete, it’s very important to assess your readiness for your institution’s CLER visit. Partners® can assist you with:
    • Educating your C-Suite, DIO, GME Leadership, Programs and Residents
    • Organizing your documents
    • Preparing your staff, faculty, and residents in the six CLER focus areas

Education is paramount to your GME success. Register for our Live Webinars and On-Demand Webinars.

Our team of expert GME consultants is poised and prepared to help you navigate what’s coming NEXT as well. We will continue to stay at the forefront of these changes, helping you take the critical steps needed to make your navigation of the next accreditation system smooth and successful.

On-Site Educational Sessions

Bring Partners’® experienced consultants on-site for intensive, customized educational sessions tailored to your specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Choose from half-day, one-day or multiple-day educational sessions
  • Consultants come on-site to deliver professional expertise on the GME topic of your choice
  • Power Point presentation provided as a handout prior to training
  • Educational sessions are based on pre-assessment so it’s geared specifically to your organization
  • Use education time to review current protocols, reports, etc. and offer recommendations
  • Interpret the requirements regarding each topic and answer any questions
  • Sample documents and “Best Practices” shared

Establishing an Effective GME Office

  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Establishing an Effective GME Office
  • GME Budgeting & Expense Monitoring Systems
  • GME Policies & Procedures
  • GME Statement of Commitment
  • GMEC Minutes & Tracking
  • GMEC Organization/Structure and Responsibilities
  • House Staff Contracts
  • The Office of the GMEC Chairman and/or DIO
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?

The Office of the GMEC Chairman/DIO

  • Annual Institutional Review
  • Self-Study Visits
  • Site Visits: Focused/Diagnostic
  • CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep
  • Orientation for GMEC Members
  • Program Directors and GMEC
  • Recruiting for Key GME Positions
  • Resident CQI
  • Role of the DIO
  • Six General Competencies
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?
  • Changes in the ACGME site surveys: The CLER Visit

Faculty Development

Partners®can help assess and correct problems or improve your already excellent team by providing education and expert guidance. Every Partners’® faculty development activity is facilitated by one of our experienced consultants.

Our custom educational sessions begin with an interactive needs assessment. We then prepare a program tailored to your learning
and strategic objectives.

Target Group — Any combination of staff, including:

  • Program Directors
  • Program Administrators
  • GME Administrators & Office Staff
  • Program Faculty
  • GMEC Members
  • DIO
  • Medical specialty specific or a mix of specialties and professions

Format — Length of program can range from a half-day to two days

Methods — Tailored to your needs and preferences, including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Group discussions and facilitated exercises
  • Workshops with hands-on development of documents
  • Situational role-play with feedback

Location — Training can be provided on-site at your institution. Scheduling is done at the convenience of your staff and our consultant.

Possible Topics — Choose one of our institutional, program, or administrative topics – or suggest one of your own! Some of our most popular development topics include:

  • “The Next Accreditation System (NAS)”
  • “GME Office: Supporting Your Programs & GMEC”
  • “New Institutional Requirements”
  • “Practical Prep for CLER”
  • “Designing Dashboards”

Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs) Education

As the one person ultimately responsible for oversight and administration over their institution’s many programs, we know about your continuous search for innovative techniques and reliable assistance for your programs while simultaneously dealing with escalating responsibilities and limited resources and support.

Our seasoned consultants will bring useful, outside perspectives, yet become an integral part of your team to help you with:

Institutional Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Institution’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Improving and streamlining GME operations and management
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill

Program Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Program’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill
  • Provide guidance and assist in development of a data collection system

Adding a New Residency Program

  • Assess your Institution’s readiness to start a new residency program
  • Provide assistance in developing a budget
  • Provide professional development programs to prepare new Program Directors and faculty

Become an Accredited Institution

  • Assess your Institution’s resources
  • Evaluating your ability to comply with ACGME accreditation requirements
  • Assist in the development of GMEC

Institutional Start-Up

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New Teaching Hospital Assessment

Accreditation requirements and reimbursement rules are evolving and there is a growing need for more residency positions! That makes now an excellent time to assess and explore the possibility of adding Graduate Medical Education residency programs to your institution.

Why consider becoming a teaching hospital:

  • Physician workforce development – studies have shown that residents who train in a community tend to stay and work in a community
  • Academic culture – Residency programs help create an environment of learning and continuous improvement
  • Physician satisfaction – Engaging the medical staff physicians as teachers keeps them intellectually stimulated and promotes physician satisfaction
  • Improved access to care through the recruitment of faculty and resident physicians. – The Affordable Care Act allows for persons who were formerly uninsured to establish care. Improved access can reduce overutilization of Urgent Care and the Emergency Department.
  • And the list goes on.

Don’t know where to start? Partners® can provide you with all aspects of preparing to become a new teaching hospital. We will work with you to establish a plan by:

  • Assessing your Institutional resources
  • Evaluating your ability to comply with ACGME accreditation requirements
  • Estimating the start-up and on-going financial commitment
  • Providing recommendations and next steps
  • Establishing a timeline
  • Applying for institutional and program accreditation

From start to finish, Partners® will be by your side to ensure that you are prepared and ready to begin your new adventure with ACGME accredited residency program(s).

Policy & Procedure Development

Let Partners® assist you in performing a complete ACGME required policy and procedure review for your institution and/or program.

We will ensure that your policies:

  • Contain the latest ACGME requirements
  • Are current and applicable to your GME accreditation success

Don’t have the policies and procedures you need? We can help with that too!

On-Site Educational Sessions

Bring Partners’® experienced consultants on-site for intensive, customized educational sessions tailored to your specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Choose from half-day, one-day or multiple-day educational sessions
  • Consultants come on-site to deliver professional expertise on the GME topic of your choice
  • Power Point presentation provided as a handout prior to training
  • Educational sessions are based on pre-assessment so it’s geared specifically to your organization
  • Use education time to review current protocols, reports, etc. and offer recommendations
  • Interpret the requirements regarding each topic and answer any questions
  • Sample documents and “Best Practices” shared

Establishing an Effective GME Office

  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Establishing an Effective GME Office
  • GME Budgeting & Expense Monitoring Systems
  • GME Policies & Procedures
  • GME Statement of Commitment
  • GMEC Minutes & Tracking
  • GMEC Organization/Structure and Responsibilities
  • House Staff Contracts
  • The Office of the GMEC Chairman and/or DIO
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?

The Office of the GMEC Chairman/DIO

  • Annual Institutional Review
  • Self-Study Visits
  • Site Visits: Focused/Diagnostic
  • CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep
  • Orientation for GMEC Members
  • Program Directors and GMEC
  • Recruiting for Key GME Positions
  • Resident CQI
  • Role of the DIO
  • Six General Competencies
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?
  • Changes in the ACGME site surveys: The CLER Visit

Faculty Development

Partners®can help assess and correct problems or improve your already excellent team by providing education and expert guidance. Every Partners’® faculty development activity is facilitated by one of our experienced consultants.

Our custom educational sessions begin with an interactive needs assessment. We then prepare a program tailored to your learning
and strategic objectives.

Target Group — Any combination of staff, including:

  • Program Directors
  • Program Administrators
  • GME Administrators & Office Staff
  • Program Faculty
  • GMEC Members
  • DIO
  • Medical specialty specific or a mix of specialties and professions

Format — Length of program can range from a half-day to two days

Methods — Tailored to your needs and preferences, including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Group discussions and facilitated exercises
  • Workshops with hands-on development of documents
  • Situational role-play with feedback

Location — Training can be provided on-site at your institution. Scheduling is done at the convenience of your staff and our consultant.

Possible Topics — Choose one of our institutional, program, or administrative topics – or suggest one of your own! Some of our most popular development topics include:

  • “The Next Accreditation System (NAS)”
  • “GME Office: Supporting Your Programs & GMEC”
  • “New Institutional Requirements”
  • “Practical Prep for CLER”
  • “Designing Dashboards”

Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs)

As the one person ultimately responsible for oversight and administration over their institution’s many programs, we know about your continuous search for innovative techniques and reliable assistance for your programs while simultaneously dealing with escalating responsibilities and limited resources and support.

Our seasoned consultants will bring useful, outside perspectives, yet become an integral part of your team to help you with:

Institutional Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Institution’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Improving and streamlining GME operations and management
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill

Program Accreditation

  • Enhancing your Program’s ACGME accreditation status
  • Provide education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill
  • Provide guidance and assist in development of a data collection system

Adding a New Residency Program

  • Assess your Institution’s readiness to start a new residency program
  • Provide assistance in developing a budget
  • Provide professional development programs to prepare new Program Directors and faculty

Become an Accredited Institution

  • Assess your Institution’s resources
  • Evaluating your ability to comply with ACGME accreditation requirements
  • Assist in the development of GMEC

On-Site Assessment

An on-site assessment conducted by one of our seasoned experts, customized to your institution’s and program’s specific needs. Examples include:

  • NAS Compliance
  • Address Institutional or Program GME concerns
  • Respond to Citations
  • CLER Readiness
  • Other identified areas specific to you

Assessment visits can range from one to multiple days onsite and may include interviews, didactic sessions, action plan development, and written or verbal reports.

Some issues require the addition of off-site document review, phone and/or email correspondence.

Program Accreditation

Accreditation

Annual Program Evaluation (APE)

ACGME Common Program Requirements (V.C.2 – Core) state the program, through the Program Evaluation Committee (PEC), must document formal, systematic evaluation of the curriculum at least annually, and is responsible for rendering a written and Annual Program Evaluation.

Partners® will work with you and your PEC to develop a process for your Annual Program Evaluation that meets the requirement by:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of your program’s curriculum
  • Addressing areas of non-compliance
  • Assisting with implementation of initiatives to improve performance

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement an action plan.

Self Study Visits

Self-Study visits are scheduled every 10 years to assess the institution and/or program’s success at self-improvement.

According to ACGME Policies and Procedures, the 10 year Self Study site visit will be a comprehensive self-study that needs to include a description of how the program or sponsoring institution creates an effective learning and working environment, which leads to desired educational outcomes, provides an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, and also includes plans for improvement.

Partners® will work with you and your institution or program to develop a process for your Self Study that meets the requirement through.

  • Review of your Annual Institutional Review or Annual Program Evaluations
  • Review of the improvements that have occurred previously
  • Identification of your strengths and weaknesses, while addressing areas of non-compliance
  • Assistance with the implementation of performance improvement projects related to your area of focus.

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement an action plan for improvements going forward.

Full Site Visit

Partners® will work with you to assess your compliance with all the applicable standards and requirements for your ACGME accredited program under the Next Accreditation System (NAS) through:

  • Off-site review of documents required by the ACGME
  • On-site work with the program to:
    • Perform interviews with appropriate personnel
    • Review additional documentation including oversight and tracking systems
    • Provide education and best practice solutions

Our expert GME consultant will identify issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement recommendations to improve your program’s compliance with all the requirements.

Focused/Diagnostic Site Visit

Partners® will work with you to address areas of the program identified as needing attention or not being in compliance with all the applicable standards and requirements for ACGME accreditation under the Next Accreditation System through:

  • Off-site review of documents required by the ACGME
  • On-site work with the program to:
    • Perform interviews with appropriate personnel
    • Review additional documentation including oversight and tracking systems
    • Provide education and best practice solutions

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement recommendations to improve your program’s compliance with all the requirements.

Policy & Procedure Development

Let Partners® assist you in performing a complete ACGME required policy and procedure review for your institution and/or program.

We will ensure that your policies:

  • Contain the latest ACGME requirements
  • Are current and applicable to your GME accreditation success

Don’t have the policies and procedures you need? We can help with that too!

On-Site Assessment

An on-site assessment conducted by one of our seasoned experts, customized to your institution’s and program’s specific needs. Examples include:

  • NAS Compliance
  • Address Institutional or Program GME concerns
  • Respond to Citations
  • CLER Readiness
  • Other identified areas specific to you

Assessment visits can range from one to multiple days onsite and may include interviews, didactic sessions, action plan development, and written or verbal reports.

Some issues require the addition of off-site document review, phone and/or email correspondence.

CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep

Partners® will work with you to develop a process for milestone assessment that works best for your program. A Partners® consultant can assist you onsite through:

  • Didactic presentation(s) such as…
    • Grand Rounds, resident discussion groups
    • Milestone overview sessions for faculty members, residents, and others
    • Focused instruction sessions for CCC members
  • Assist the Program Director to establish the required Clinical Competency Committee policy statements and procedures to ensure meaningful milestone assessments
  • Facilitate a mock CCC meeting
  • Assess applicability of existing formative evaluations to milestone assessments
  • Program Coordinator/Administrator orientation for new tasks needed to support the milestone assessment process

Dashboard Development

In NAS, the continuous accreditation model is based on annual data submitted, other data requests, and aggregated results.  How can you monitor your program’s, and ultimately your institution’s, performance at a glance?  Develop a Dashboard.

Partners® will work with you and your institution or program to develop a Dashboard that will show their performance at-a-glance.  Partners® can help you:

  • Identify your metrics
  • Organize your data and determine your benchmarks
  • Analyze your program’s aggregated data to identify what your institution is doing well.

Our expert GME consultant will partner with you to develop a Dashboard that will provide you with an at-a-glance report of performance, and help you to implement an action plan for improvements going forward.

Special Review Process

ACGME Institutional Requirements (I.B.6 -Core) state that the GMEC must demonstrate effective oversight of underperforming programs through a Special Review Process.

Partners® will work with you and your GMEC to develop a protocol to use for your Special Review Process that meets the requirements by:

  • Establishing a criteria for underperformance
  • Creating quality improvement goals
  • Implementing corrective actions
  • Developing a process to monitoring outcomes

Our expert GME consultant will identify the issues and areas of concern, provide you with a report of findings, and help you to implement recommendations to demonstrate effective oversight of underperforming programs through an effective Special Review Process.

On-Site Educational Sessions

Bring Partners’® experienced consultants on-site for intensive, customized educational sessions tailored to your specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Choose from half-day, one-day or multiple-day educational sessions
  • Consultants come on-site to deliver professional expertise on the GME topic of your choice
  • Power Point presentation provided as a handout prior to training
  • Educational sessions are based on pre-assessment so it’s geared specifically to your organization
  • Use education time to review current protocols, reports, etc. and offer recommendations
  • Interpret the requirements regarding each topic and answer any questions
  • Sample documents and “Best Practices” shared

Establishing an Effective GME Office

  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Establishing an Effective GME Office
  • GME Budgeting & Expense Monitoring Systems
  • GME Policies & Procedures
  • GME Statement of Commitment
  • GMEC Minutes & Tracking
  • GMEC Organization/Structure and Responsibilities
  • House Staff Contracts
  • The Office of the GMEC Chairman and/or DIO
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?

The Office of the GMEC Chairman/DIO

  • Annual Institutional Review
  • Self-Study Visits
  • Site Visits: Focused/Diagnostic
  • CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep
  • Orientation for GMEC Members
  • Program Directors and GMEC
  • Recruiting for Key GME Positions
  • Resident CQI
  • Role of the DIO
  • Six General Competencies
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?
  • Changes in the ACGME site surveys: The CLER Visit

General Competencies Assistance

Are all your residency programs competency based? Does your team have a solid comprehension of all the competencies and milestones? 

One of our seasoned experts will help you and your team:

    • Learn how to define, compare and contrast elements of the general competencies
    • Better understand current expectations for their implementation
    • Identify curriculum needs and performance criteria
    • Understand aggregate data, assessment and external measures
    • Identify current level of development
    • Implement valid and reliable assessment tools
    • Learn how to link educational outcomes with program improvement
    • Assess applicability of existing formative evaluations to milestone assessments

Faculty Development

Partners®can help assess and correct problems or improve your already excellent team by providing education and expert guidance. Every Partners’® faculty development activity is facilitated by one of our experienced consultants.

Our custom educational sessions begin with an interactive needs assessment. We then prepare a program tailored to your learning
and strategic objectives.

Target Group — Any combination of staff, including:

  • Program Directors
  • Program Administrators
  • GME Administrators & Office Staff
  • Program Faculty
  • GMEC Members
  • DIO
  • Medical specialty specific or a mix of specialties and professions

Format — Length of program can range from a half-day to two days

Methods — Tailored to your needs and preferences, including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Group discussions and facilitated exercises
  • Workshops with hands-on development of documents
  • Situational role-play with feedback

Location — Training can be provided on-site at your institution. Scheduling is done at the convenience of your staff and our consultant.

Possible Topics — Choose one of our institutional, program, or administrative topics – or suggest one of your own! Some of our most popular development topics include:

  • “The Next Accreditation System (NAS)”
  • “GME Office: Supporting Your Programs & GMEC”
  • “New Institutional Requirements”
  • “Practical Prep for CLER”
  • “Designing Dashboards”

Program Directors Professional Development

Partners in Medical Education, Inc. provides seasoned experts and educators to help Program Directors and their staff. Our consultants bring proven, outside perspectives, yet become an integral part of your team to help you in three key areas:

  • Enhancing ACGME accreditation status – Skilled, hands-on guidance
  • Improving and streamlining GME operations, management and faculty development
  • Providing education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill

We know that Program Directors and Administrators make up the heart of GME operations. Not only do you have ever-changing ACGME requirements to meet, but you also need to oversee the day-to-day management of your individual programs. And, as NAS evolves and your world becomes more complex, Partners® is here to help!

Program Admin/Coord Professional Development

Consulting and Education services specifically geared toward Program Administrators/Coordinators.

Partners® provides seasoned experts and educators to help Program Administrators/Coordinators.  Our consultants bring proven strategies, best practices, and outside perspectives to help you navigate the Next Accreditation System (NAS) through:

  • On-site educational sessions to address:
    • Basic understanding of GME, the accreditation process and associated terminology
    • Roles, tasks, expectations of Administrator/Coordinator in NAS
    • Establishing organizational tools to improve timeliness and efficiency

Our seasoned expert will work with you to understand the important supportive role you play in NAS, and help you to establish tracking systems, as well as provide you with tools to help manage the various areas of accreditation where you play a key role.

We know that Program Administrators/Coordinators make up the heart of GME operations.  Not only do you have ever-changing ACGME requirements to meet, but you also need to oversee the day-to-day management of your individual programs.  And, as NAS evolves and your world becomes more complex, Partners® is here to help!

Strategic Planning for Programs

We’ll provide a safe environment for your program stakeholders to:

  • Develop Program Aims
  • Conduct SWOT Analysis
  • Incorporate New APE Concepts

According to the ACGME, the Self-Study will be based on:

  • Successive Data-Driven APEs
  • Resident and Faculty Survey Data
  • Stakeholder Input

Didactic Session on the What, Why and How of Strategic Planning, Designed for GME Office, DIO, PDs, and Coordinators. Followed By, Program – Specific Strategic Planning.

Let Partners® develop a custom Strategic Planning Workshop for you!

Program Education

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Navigating the Next Accreditation System (NAS)

Annual electronic data reporting is an essential element to your success in NAS. Partners® can assist your programs with:

  • Data collection and reporting dashboards
  • Analyzing trends in the main data categories
  • Providing education and guidance to program directors and faculty in meeting established benchmarks
  • Forming and implementing the required Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)
  • Forming and implementing the required Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)
  • Implementation of Milestones

Education is paramount to your GME success. Register for our Live Webinars and On-Demand Webinars.

Our team of expert GME consultants is poised and prepared to help you navigate what’s coming NEXT as well. We will continue to stay at the forefront of these changes, helping you take the critical steps needed to make your transition into the next accreditation system smooth and successful.

On-Site Educational Sessions

Bring Partners’® experienced consultants on-site for intensive, customized educational sessions tailored to your specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Choose from half-day, one-day or multiple-day educational sessions
  • Consultants come on-site to deliver professional expertise on the GME topic of your choice
  • Power Point presentation provided as a handout prior to training
  • Educational sessions are based on pre-assessment so it’s geared specifically to your organization
  • Use education time to review current protocols, reports, etc. and offer recommendations
  • Interpret the requirements regarding each topic and answer any questions
  • Sample documents and “Best Practices” shared

Establishing an Effective GME Office

  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Establishing an Effective GME Office
  • GME Budgeting & Expense Monitoring Systems
  • GME Policies & Procedures
  • GME Statement of Commitment
  • GMEC Minutes & Tracking
  • GMEC Organization/Structure and Responsibilities
  • House Staff Contracts
  • The Office of the GMEC Chairman and/or DIO
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?

The Office of the GMEC Chairman/DIO

  • Annual Institutional Review
  • Self-Study Visits
  • Site Visits: Focused/Diagnostic
  • CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep
  • Orientation for GMEC Members
  • Program Directors and GMEC
  • Recruiting for Key GME Positions
  • Resident CQI
  • Role of the DIO
  • Six General Competencies
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?
  • Changes in the ACGME site surveys: The CLER Visit

Faculty Development

Partners®can help assess and correct problems or improve your already excellent team by providing education and expert guidance. Every Partners’® faculty development activity is facilitated by one of our experienced consultants.

Our custom educational sessions begin with an interactive needs assessment. We then prepare a program tailored to your learning
and strategic objectives.

Target Group — Any combination of staff, including:

  • Program Directors
  • Program Administrators
  • GME Administrators & Office Staff
  • Program Faculty
  • GMEC Members
  • DIO
  • Medical specialty specific or a mix of specialties and professions

Format — Length of program can range from a half-day to two days

Methods — Tailored to your needs and preferences, including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Group discussions and facilitated exercises
  • Workshops with hands-on development of documents
  • Situational role-play with feedback

Location — Training can be provided on-site at your institution. Scheduling is done at the convenience of your staff and our consultant.

Possible Topics — Choose one of our institutional, program, or administrative topics – or suggest one of your own! Some of our most popular development topics include:

  • “The Next Accreditation System (NAS)”
  • “GME Office: Supporting Your Programs & GMEC”
  • “New Institutional Requirements”
  • “Practical Prep for CLER”
  • “Designing Dashboards”

Program Directors Professional Development

Partners in Medical Education, Inc. provides seasoned experts and educators to help Program Directors and their staff. Our consultants bring proven, outside perspectives, yet become an integral part of your team to help you in three key areas:

  • Enhancing ACGME accreditation status – Skilled, hands-on guidance
  • Improving and streamlining GME operations, management and faculty development
  • Providing education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill

We know that Program Directors and Administrators make up the heart of GME operations. Not only do you have ever-changing ACGME requirements to meet, but you also need to oversee the day-to-day management of your individual programs. And, as NAS evolves and your world becomes more complex, Partners® is here to help!

Program Admin/Coord Professional Development

Consulting and Education services specifically geared toward Program Administrators/Coordinators.

Partners® provides seasoned experts and educators to help Program Administrators/Coordinators.  Our consultants bring proven strategies, best practices, and outside perspectives to help you navigate the Next Accreditation System (NAS) through:

  • On-site educational sessions to address:
    • Basic understanding of GME, the accreditation process and associated terminology
    • Roles, tasks, expectations of Administrator/Coordinator in NAS
    • Establishing organizational tools to improve timeliness and efficiency

Our seasoned expert will work with you to understand the important supportive role you play in NAS, and help you to establish tracking systems, as well as provide you with tools to help manage the various areas of accreditation where you play a key role.

We know that Program Administrators/Coordinators make up the heart of GME operations.  Not only do you have ever-changing ACGME requirements to meet, but you also need to oversee the day-to-day management of your individual programs.  And, as NAS evolves and your world becomes more complex, Partners® is here to help!

Program Start-Up

New Residency Program Assessment

Many questions arise when you want to start a new program within your institution.

  • When, where, how do we start?
  • Do we have what is required to start a residency program?
  • Will the ACGME approve our program?

Partners® can assist you with all aspects of new program preparation. We will work with you to establish a plan of attack by:

  • Determining what you have and what you need to meet the current ACGME requirements
  • Developing program policies and procedures
  • Creating meaningful evaluation tools
  • Educating you and your faculty along the way to the ACGME accreditation system
  • Reviewing your New Program Application
  • Conducting a mock site visit where we will take you through the entire site visit process

From start to finish, Partners® will be by your side to ensure that you are prepared and ready to begin your new role as a program director of an ACGME accredited residency program.

Policy & Procedure Development

Let Partners® assist you in performing a complete ACGME required policy and procedure review for your institution and/or program.

We will ensure that your policies:

  • Contain the latest ACGME requirements
  • Are current and applicable to your GME accreditation success

Don’t have the policies and procedures you need? We can help with that too!

On-Site Educational Sessions

Bring Partners’® experienced consultants on-site for intensive, customized educational sessions tailored to your specific challenges and opportunities.

  • Choose from half-day, one-day or multiple-day educational sessions
  • Consultants come on-site to deliver professional expertise on the GME topic of your choice
  • Power Point presentation provided as a handout prior to training
  • Educational sessions are based on pre-assessment so it’s geared specifically to your organization
  • Use education time to review current protocols, reports, etc. and offer recommendations
  • Interpret the requirements regarding each topic and answer any questions
  • Sample documents and “Best Practices” shared

Establishing an Effective GME Office

  • Affiliation Agreements
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Establishing an Effective GME Office
  • GME Budgeting & Expense Monitoring Systems
  • GME Policies & Procedures
  • GME Statement of Commitment
  • GMEC Minutes & Tracking
  • GMEC Organization/Structure and Responsibilities
  • House Staff Contracts
  • The Office of the GMEC Chairman and/or DIO
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?

The Office of the GMEC Chairman/DIO

  • Annual Institutional Review
  • Self-Study Visits
  • Site Visits: Focused/Diagnostic
  • CCC Mock Session & Milestone Prep
  • Orientation for GMEC Members
  • Program Directors and GMEC
  • Recruiting for Key GME Positions
  • Resident CQI
  • Role of the DIO
  • Six General Competencies
  • The ACGME’s NAS – What’s it all about?
  • Changes in the ACGME site surveys: The CLER Visit

Faculty Development

Partners®can help assess and correct problems or improve your already excellent team by providing education and expert guidance. Every Partners’® faculty development activity is facilitated by one of our experienced consultants.

Our custom educational sessions begin with an interactive needs assessment. We then prepare a program tailored to your learning
and strategic objectives.

Target Group — Any combination of staff, including:

  • Program Directors
  • Program Administrators
  • GME Administrators & Office Staff
  • Program Faculty
  • GMEC Members
  • DIO
  • Medical specialty specific or a mix of specialties and professions

Format — Length of program can range from a half-day to two days

Methods — Tailored to your needs and preferences, including:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Group discussions and facilitated exercises
  • Workshops with hands-on development of documents
  • Situational role-play with feedback

Location — Training can be provided on-site at your institution. Scheduling is done at the convenience of your staff and our consultant.

Possible Topics — Choose one of our institutional, program, or administrative topics – or suggest one of your own! Some of our most popular development topics include:

  • “The Next Accreditation System (NAS)”
  • “GME Office: Supporting Your Programs & GMEC”
  • “New Institutional Requirements”
  • “Practical Prep for CLER”
  • “Designing Dashboards”

Program Directors Professional Development

Partners in Medical Education, Inc. provides seasoned experts and educators to help Program Directors and their staff. Our consultants bring proven, outside perspectives, yet become an integral part of your team to help you in three key areas:

  • Enhancing ACGME accreditation status – Skilled, hands-on guidance
  • Improving and streamlining GME operations, management and faculty development
  • Providing education to help improve critical GME knowledge and skill

We know that Program Directors and Administrators make up the heart of GME operations. Not only do you have ever-changing ACGME requirements to meet, but you also need to oversee the day-to-day management of your individual programs. And, as NAS evolves and your world becomes more complex, Partners® is here to help!

Program Admin/Coord Professional Development

Consulting and Education services specifically geared toward Program Administrators/Coordinators.

Partners® provides seasoned experts and educators to help Program Administrators/Coordinators.  Our consultants bring proven strategies, best practices, and outside perspectives to help you navigate the Next Accreditation System (NAS) through:

  • On-site educational sessions to address:
    • Basic understanding of GME, the accreditation process and associated terminology
    • Roles, tasks, expectations of Administrator/Coordinator in NAS
    • Establishing organizational tools to improve timeliness and efficiency

Our seasoned expert will work with you to understand the important supportive role you play in NAS, and help you to establish tracking systems, as well as provide you with tools to help manage the various areas of accreditation where you play a key role.

We know that Program Administrators/Coordinators make up the heart of GME operations.  Not only do you have ever-changing ACGME requirements to meet, but you also need to oversee the day-to-day management of your individual programs.  And, as NAS evolves and your world becomes more complex, Partners® is here to help!

On-Site Assessment

An on-site assessment conducted by one of our seasoned experts, customized to your institution’s and program’s specific needs. Examples include:

  • NAS Compliance
  • Address Institutional or Program GME concerns
  • Respond to Citations
  • CLER Readiness
  • Other identified areas specific to you

Assessment visits can range from one to multiple days onsite and may include interviews, didactic sessions, action plan development, and written or verbal reports.

Some issues require the addition of off-site document review, phone and/or email correspondence.

*The above content is provided as an example; the actual scope of work will be customized and determined by mutual agreement between the consultant and client.

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