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Wray CM, Chaudhry S, Pincavage A, et al. Resident Shift Handoff Strategies in US Internal Medicine Residency Programs. 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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