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ACGME Site Review: They're Coming!

It’s that time again…our 5 year accreditation period (that was actually extended to 6 years) is about to end and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is currently scheduled to visit the Department of Medicine in February, 2011.

The ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that was established in 1981 to evaluate and accredit medical training programs in the United States. Their mission is to improve health care by advancing the quality of physician training. Having accreditation from this organization is imperative and vital to our institution. There will be a few restless nights until this process is completed, but as philosopher Piero Ferrucci once said, it is good to “break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure.” The ACGME site visit provides us with that opportunity.           

In order to minimize the stress level this event can cause, leaders of our residency and fellowship programs will start collecting and updating information beginning this month.                      

Importance of a PIF

An important aspect of preparing
for a site visit is the preparation
of the PIF (Program Information Form). A well-prepared PIF describes the residency program accurately, completely and truthfully.

It should be comprehensive, specific and concise, and answer questions completely. An incomplete or inaccurate PIF can be a contributing factor to an unsatisfactory RC review.


As recommended by the ACGME, a well-organized Program Information Form (PIF) makes for a smooth process through the Review Committee and longer accreditation cycles.

We ask that if you are approached by a Program Director for information regarding your CV, or if you are recruited to update any curriculum, please consider the importance of the task and do so in a timely manner. The ACGME “hopes that all accreditation site visits are collegial and educational…” and with your assistance and support, we anticipate a successful visit.

Article by Erich Stabelfeldt, Medical Education Assistant, Medicine
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Page Updated 01/24/2012