This is the final posting in the series: Consortium Accreditation Standards. The next posts will be exploring Self Studies.
Accreditation Standard 8 -- Trainee Services focuses on ensuring that the trainee is fully embraced and supported as a highly qualified member of the professional healthcare community. All of which got me to thinking about community, belonging, and acceptance… Thinking about the positive impact of being welcomed and valued. Of course, Standard 8 also deals with other issues as well -- providing professional resources (computing, health care, work environment, Human Resources, etc.), grievance processes, and trainee record maintenance.
I'd like to focus on how trainee services fosters a welcoming professional community for trainees. The Cherokee use basket weaving as an analogy for the life cycle, and specifically address the mind/body connection. In several ways it is an apt analogy for how trainee services fosters progression through a training program.