Standardized Letters of Concern and Remediation Contracts: Templates for Program Directors

Peter Moffett, Cedric Lefebvre, Kelly Williamson

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Background: Remediation of the struggling resident is a universal phenomenon, and the majority of program directors will remediate at least 1 resident during their tenure. Objective: The goal of this project was to create a standardized template for program directors to use at all stages of remediation. Methods: Between 2017 and 2018, the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD-EM) Remediation Committee searched for best practices in the medical literature and compiled a survey that was e-mailed to the CORD-EM listserv. After reviewing all information, a standardized remediation contract was created, reviewed by legal counsel, and distributed to members. Results: Forty-two percent (110 of 263) of program directors or assistant program directors on the CORD-EM listserv answered the initial survey and provided guidance on current remediation practices. The committee created formal and informal standard remediation contracts as both fillable templates and alterable documents. These were reviewed by CORD-EM general legal counsel and approved by the CORD-EM Board of Directors for distribution. The project took approximately 20 hours to complete over 8 months and involved a cost of $480 for legal fees. Conclusions: With program director input and legal counsel review, the CORD-EM Remediation Committee produced standardized remediation contracts, which can be used by all emergency medicine programs after comparison to local institutional policy and local legal review. This process was feasible and can be replicated by other specialties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)606-610
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of graduate medical education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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