The Continuous Residency Improvement Committee (CRIC) – A Novel Twist for Program Evaluation in an Academic Emergency Medicine Residency Program
The continuous residency improvement committee (CRIC) innovation is designed for residency program leadership and residency program coordinators.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires residency-training programs to perform ongoing self-study in order to maintain accreditation status and to engage in continuous program improvement.1 Standard evaluation constructs for self-study often fail to capture input from non-traditional stakeholders and do not always result in actionable recommendations for program improvement. We developed the CRIC process to address the need for a user-friendly evaluation construct that yields actionable recommendations for programmatic improvement from a variety of stakeholders and aligns with the ACGME-prescribed continuous self-study process.
The purpose of this innovation was to develop a novel approach to continuous program evaluation and improvement using a multisource feedback design to improve resident satisfaction with the program’s responsiveness to feedback while addressing the ACGME mandate for self-study.
A committee of rotating reviewers systematically evaluates resident educational rotations over a 12-month period. Reviews focused on obtaining input from both traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in a multisource model in order to document and address deficiencies identified within the rotations.
ACGME self-study, 360-evaluation, program evaluation, program evaluation committee.