On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) held its Graduate Medical Education (GME) Resident Compact Ceremony in Grady Hospital’s Trauma Auditorium. The ceremony featured several speeches from faculty and chief residents, MSM President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice’s speech “Reflections of Practice,” the Resident Compact and White Coat Ceremony, and the Pinning of Interns Ceremony.
Residency is an integral component of the formal education of physicians. In order to practice medicine independently, physicians must receive a medical degree and complete a supervised period of residency training in a specialty area. To meet their educational goals, resident physicians must participate actively in the care of patients and must assume progressively more responsibility for that care as they advance through their training. In supervising resident education, faculty must ensure that trainees acquire the knowledge and special skills of their respective disciplines while adhering to the highest standards of quality and safety in the delivery of patient care services. In addition, faculty are charged with nurturing those values and behaviors that strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and that sustain the profession of medicine as an ethical enterprise.
The Compact Between Resident Physicians and Their Teachers is a declaration of the fundamental principles of GME and the major commitments of both residents and faculty to the educational process, to each other and to the patients they serve. The Compact’s purpose is to provide institutional GME sponsors, program directors and residents with a model statement that will foster more open communication, clarify expectations and re-energize the commitment to the primary educational mission of training tomorrow’s doctors.
The Compact was originated by the AAMC. For more information about the Compact, go to www.aamc.org/residentcompact