PD Handbook

The Program Director’s Handbook is a compilation of resources addressing practical and real-world topics for surgery educators.  It addresses various aspects of effectively leading a General Surgery residency program, mitigating the requirements and expectations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board of Surgery (ABS) and managing common challenges that program directors will face.   The resources are written by educators, for educators.  This section should be viewed as a “living document” that can be updated with new content, additional examples, and emerging topics that impact surgical education.

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A Guide to Resident Quality Improvement Projects

Last Updated: June 10, 2020

A quality improvement project is a focused and structured effort to achieve better outcomes of a given process. Some of the earliest formal quality improvement initiatives originated in the manufacturing industry with the goal of av…

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Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) and Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)

Last Updated: January 27, 2020

By definition, the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) is a “required body comprising three or more members of the active teaching faculty who is advisory to the program director and reviews the progress of all residents in the pr…

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Toolbox

Last Updated: March 2, 2020

Diversity, inclusion, and equity have been highlighted by the ACGME as key elements for training. William A McDade, MD, PhD, who was named the first ACGME diversity and inclusion officer in March 2019, explained “In order…

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Evaluations: Trainees, Faculty, and the Program

Last Updated: January 13, 2020

Evaluations are a crucial part of an education and training program that allows for assessment and self-reflection. Whereas the ACGME requires specific types and evaluations, evaluations should aim to be timely, effective, and form…

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Faculty Development: Tools for Working with Residents

Last Updated: February 25, 2020

Faculty development is required by the ACGME for the teaching faculty for the surgery residency program. The categories of this faculty development are in medical education, quality improvement, wellness and in patient care. How t…

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Flexible Endoscopy Curriculum, Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery, and Robotic Training

Last Updated: January 25, 2020

ACGME Citation:
IV.C.5.d).(4) The program must ensure that residents have required experience with a variety of endoscopic procedures, including esophogastro-duodenoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy as well …

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Fundamentals of an Academic Curriculum

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

The Academic Curriculum serves multiple stakeholders within a General Surgery residency program including the institution, department, program director, patients and surgical resident learners. As adult learners, the three domains o…

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Remediating a Struggling Learner: Due Process, Action Planning

Last Updated: July 1, 2020

The cost of educating a surgeon has been described in terms of societal and economic costs. It can be difficult to quantify due to poorly measurable indirect costs to training in addition to the direct training costs of salary, ben…

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Role and Responsibilities of the Program Administrator

Last Updated: January 18, 2020

A Program Coordinator/Administrator is an invaluable member of the surgical residency and will work closely with the Program leadership. They are responsible for providing direction, leadership, and day-to-day administration and ma…

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Role of the Faculty, Levels of Supervision, and Billing Requirements

Last Updated: February 29, 2020

Residents require appropriate oversight and supervision by a supervising physician at any given time. The supervising physician assumes the responsibility of the decisions being made and the procedures being performed. Supervision i…