Use of an institutional template for annual program evaluation and improvement: benefits for program participation and performance.
PURPOSE: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) expects programs to engage in ongoing, meaningful improvement, facilitated in part through an annual process of program assessment and improvement. The Duke University Hospital Office of Graduate Medical Education (OGME) used an institutional practice-based learning and improvement strategy to improve the annual evaluation and improvement of its programs. METHODS: The OGME implemented several strategies including the development and dissemination of a template for the report, program director and coordinator development, a reminder and tracking system, incorporation of the document into internal reviews, and use of incentives to promote program adherence. RESULTS: In the first year of implementation (summer 2005), 27 programs (37%) submitted documentation of their annual program evaluation and improvement to the OGME; this increased to 100% of programs by 2009. A growing number of programs elected to use the template in lieu of written minutes. The number of citations related to required program review and improvement decreased from 12 in a single academic year to 3 over the last 5 years. CONCLUSION: Duke University Hospital's institutional initiative to incorporate practice-based learning and improvement resulted in increased documentation, greater use of a standardized template, fewer ACGME-related citations, and enhanced consistency in preparing for ACGME site visits.
Andolsek, KM; Nagler, A; Weinerth, JL
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