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Super Bowl: Preparation Results in Nimble Pivots and Overtime Win

SWOT Analysis – Preparing for Nimble Pivots and Success

by Candice Rettie

Mid-winter is a time of end-of-season rivalries and celebrations (or not!), analysis and reflection, planning and implementation. This past weekend, the 51st Super Bowl had a nail-biting, historic overtime win, complete with a half-time sky diving diva, heroic vindication, familial dedication, awkward award moments, and a stolen jersey.  The Patriot’s 4th quarter come-from-behind victory is emblematic of […]

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1980 Hockey Olympic Dream Team — Miracle on Ice

Self Study -- Characteristics of an effective group

by Candice Rettie

As a student at the University of Wisconsin, I had some appreciation of the importance of hockey as a fast, hard-hitting game of endurance and strategy.  But I came to appreciate hockey as an example of disciplined and rigorous team work, resilience, almost psychic communication, and exquisite timing during the 1980 Olympics.   As the US Hockey […]

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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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