Consortium Activities

In addition to providing a variety of educational, supervisory, and support services to house staff, the GME Office is responsible for oversight and educational improvement in the residency programs it sponsors. The following represents the major activities of the GME Office in the current academic year:

  1. Annual Report of Consortium Activities: The Dean for Graduate Medical Education provides an annual report to the medical staff and the governing bodies of all major participating hospitals to review GME activities. The Dean brings to the Consortium GME Committee comments voiced by the medical staff or governing bodies related to supervision, resident responsibilities, evaluations, work hours compliance, and the safety and quality of patient care provided by the residents.
  2. Oversight of Residency Programs:
    1. Internal Reviews of ACGME-approved programs are performed at the midpoint between Residency Review Committee (RRC) site surveys. These reviews look at virtually every aspect of the residency program, with a focus on supervision, resident responsibilities, evaluations, work hours compliance, and quality of education. In 2006-2007, the GMEC performed 23 Internal Reviews.
    2. The GME Committee reviews all correspondence between the ACGME and sponsored residency programs. In addition to reviewing, commenting upon, and approving all Internal Review reports for sponsored programs, the Committee monitors actions by all programs to correct reported concerns.
    3. Anonymous surveys completed by house staff are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure appropriate supervision, evaluation, and work hours compliance.
    4. The DIO works with program directors to resolve citations following RRC site surveys and to develop program directors’ responses to the citations, which typically must be sent within three months of receipt of the RRC report.
  3. Enhancement of Residency Education: In the past academic year, the Consortium sponsored the following academic programs for house staff:
    1. A two-day orientation session for first-year residents and fellows that included the following topics:
      • Description of Health Care and Educational Systems
      • Core Competencies
      • Clinical Decision-Making
      • Cross-Cultural Approaches to Health Care
      • Effective Communication in Emergency Medicine
      • Use of Mood-Altering Drugs/Managing the Impaired Physician
      • Acute Care of the Hospitalized Elderly
      • House Staff as Teachers: Resident-Student Interactions
      • HIPAA: What You Need to Know
      • Prescribing Practices
      • Principles of Palliative Care
      • The Medical Record and Restraints: What Not to Do
      • Medical Informatics
      • Levy Library Resources and Services
      • Physician Impairment: Recognizing Depression
      • Emergency Preparedness
      • Recognition of Child Abuse
      • Sleep Deprivation: How to Avoid It
      • The Autopsy: Advise and Consent
      • Harassment
      • Recreational Opportunities
      • Infection Control
    2. A clinical assessment utilizing standardized patients for first-year residents, which included an assessment of residents' ability to identify and address medical errors.
    3. The two-day Chief Residents Retreat, which provided training in the following areas:
      • New Frontiers in Quality and Safety
      • The Qualities of Leadership: The ACGME Core Competencies
      • The Role of the Chief Resident as Manager and Teacher
      • Common Psychiatric Problems Seen in Residency
      • Physician Impairment
      • Risk Management Guidelines for Medical Record Documentation
      • Moot Court
      • Adverse Drug Reactions and Medication Errors
      • Resolution of Cultural Conflicts during Residency Training
      • Clinical Operations of a Medical Center
      • Medical Education and the Pharmaceutical Industry
      • The Physician Workforce and ACGME Duty Hours Standards
    4. The Academic Program in the Medical Specialties for Visiting Physicians, in which foreign physicians complete a brief specialized curriculum in a Mount Sinai program.
    5. The Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine, which places fourth-year U.S. medical students in electives at Consortium hospitals.
  4. Supplementation of Services Provided to House Staff at Affiliated Institutions
    1. Free assessment and triage for house staff having difficulties in adjusting.
    2. A Career Counseling Seminar showing house staff what to look for when joining a practice.
    3. A job website for house staff completing their training.
  5. Expansion of Academic Computer Network: The Consortium has implemented a database for resident tracking and evaluation through web-based software. This system is being implemented to allow a) the collection of demographic data; b) the credentialing of house staff; c) the completion of evaluations; d) the measurement of compliance with New York State and ACGME duty hours standards; and e) the transfer of data to IRIS for Medicare reimbursement.
  6. Enhancement of Faculty Scholarly Activity:
    1. As part of the Institute for Medical Education's "Teach the Teacher" program, a team of Mount Sinai faculty holds workshops for faculty at affiliated institutions to develop and refine teaching skills.
    2. The Institute for Medical Education at Mount Sinai holds faculty development seminars open to faculty at affiliated institutions.
    3. Faculty appointments at Icahn School of Medicine and membership in the Institute for Medical Education are made available to attendings teaching at affiliated institutions.
    4. Outstanding faculty are awarded for their excellence in teaching.