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Research Letter
December 6, 2016

Resident Shift Handoff Strategies in US Internal Medicine Residency Programs

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Hospital Medicine, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California
  • 2Office of Academic Affairs, Memorial Healthcare System, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 3Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 5Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 6Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
JAMA. 2016;316(21):2273-2275. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.17786

National organizations such as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Joint Commission have recommended specific strategies to improve resident handoffs, such as dedicated time and space to perform handoffs, standardized templates, and supervision by senior physicians.1,2 How these best-practice recommendations are implemented across programs is unknown.

Program directors are expected to standardize and improve handoffs within their institutions’ residency programs. Their perspective on strategies and satisfaction with this process can provide insight into improving handoffs. We describe implementation of recommended handoff strategies in a US cohort of internal medicine residency programs and association with program director satisfaction.

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