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Lessons Learned from Cleaning Closets and Getting Organized

Self Study Energizes and Informs Your Program

by Candice Rettie

Welcome to the inaugural posting in a new series exploring the purpose of the self study in the accreditation process. I recently read Marie Kondo’s quirky best sellers: “the life-changing magic of tidying up; the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing” and the sequel “spark joy”.  They are fun, easy reads, full of anthropomorphic observations and […]

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Weaving Excellence into Training Programs

Standard 8 -- Trainee Services

by Candice Rettie

This is the final posting in the series: Consortium Accreditation Standards. The next posts will be exploring Self Studies. The 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, […]

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Celebrating Graduating Classes and New Trainees

Saying Good Bye, Saying Hello

by Candice Rettie

This is a time of transitions.  Summer is waning.  Leaves have begun their shift from hues of green to the vibrancy of fall.  Program Directors are welcoming new trainees while celebrating the accomplishments of departing trainees.  New trainees are learning about their local communities; mastering their new EMRs; acclimating to various clinics.  New graduates have […]

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Standard 4 — Eligibility for Accreditation – It’s About Quality and Competence

Passenger ferries and training programs assure safety in practice and quality in service

by Candice Rettie

I’ve been thinking about how to present the topic of eligibility for accreditation.  The answer came when my husband and I made a recent day-trip that included two round-trip ferry rides.  For ferries and for accreditation the determinants of success are quality and competence, not size or longevity. Let me tell you a bit more about […]

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