Successful training as a physician requires a balance between education and clinical service. You must be given the opportunity to build an appropriate knowledge base, but you must also have the opportunity to apply that knowledge and develop the skills to take care of patients effectively and efficiently.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the body that accredits residencies and fellowships. The ACGME has program requirements that stipulate what must be included in any accredited training program. You can find the requirements for your program on the ACGME website at . Look for your program requirements under “Review Committees” on the menu at the left. Your program here at PCMH/BSOM will have, at a minimum, the requirements of the ACGME. All of our programs are accredited and are reviewed regularly to assure that they are maintaining accreditation standards.
Specialty Boards (such as the American Board of Internal Medicine) stipulate the requirements of physicians who want to be Board certified in that specialty. Our training programs are designed to provide you with the opportunity to meet the specialty Board requirements. However, we can only provide you with the opportunity—you must take that opportunity and turn it into success. If you consider residency and fellowship training as graduate school, and develop a study plan and study habits when you start your training, you will be off to a good start. All specialties are academically challenging, and you will not be able to master the required knowledge base, skills, and attitudes without study and preparation outside your time on duty. We want all of our learners to become Board certified physicians in their specialty of choice. Check with your program leadership, or look for your specialty Board on-line, to learn more about the specific requirements to become Board certified.
Research and the University & Medical Center Institutional Review Board (UMCIRB)
Residents and fellows will often conduct or participate in research during their training. Many projects will require the investigator to receive approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiating the study. Federal regulations require that studies are approved by the IRB, and this assures the safety of research subjects and patients, and protects the interests of the medical center. The following information is a brief overview of the IRB process. Please discuss this process with your faculty research mentor, or contact the IRB if you have additional questions.
March 17, 2009