I hope everyone enjoyed a rich and robust experience at the IMSH. It is hard to believe that was a month ago!
We formally rolled out our Fellowship Standards, this is a huge addition to our accreditation process and hope to announce next year the programs who successfully became accredited with their Fellowship Program. Additionally, last week we launched our Accreditation On-Line course. Driven by a team of energetic and efficient members of our reviewers team, led by Alaina Harrington, this program is an outstanding method to get hands on experience in developing your accreditation submission. Last week was full of interactive activities that the course participants from all over were able to work on their mission / vision statements in real time with peer feedback. Everyone was engaged and the course was fully subscribed with a wait list of over fifteen additional people. More courses will be opened up soon.
We are undertaking the enormous task of reviewing and updating the Accreditation standards. Every five years, our Council reviews each and every standard to assure relevance, relatability, and reliability in responses. Our course of action will be driven by this deep dive into the process improvement to assure our accreditation stays relevant. If you have suggestions, updates and / or are interested in participating in this activity, please let us know, we need everyone’s input on this important project.
We are looking to the future to recognize additional programs, reaccredit current programs and help our provisional programs become accredited. Thank you for remaining in our family of accredited programs, we appreciate you!
Subcommittee Update - Reviewer Training
New Reviewer Training and Advanced Reviewer Training
The Accreditation Council members and several other accreditors provided Accreditation Reviewer Training courses at IMSH 2020. On Saturday, the council held a Basic Reviewer Training that focused on reviewers new to the organization and the process. Sunday was the Advanced Reviewer, in which a few “curveballs” were thrown into the “simulated” site review. Each course was 4-hours. The participants were provided materials ahead of time to prepare. Council members and senior reviewers played the roles of the staff of the simulated program.
The value of this training is to improve interrater reliability of our reviewer teams as well as creating a formal onboarding process for new reviewers. During the training, there were many opportunities to ask questions, discuss documentation, and dialog the more challenging situations that may arise during a site review.
The learner feedback was extremely positive especially for the newer reviewers. A few of the comments include:
What reviewers had to say about the training…
The training is invaluable for me as a reviewer. The training allows me to consider different scenarios that I may encounter while preparing me to communicate with sites when there may be questions or I may need more data to make a clear decision.
Looking around the room, there are hundreds of years of experience here to help me be the best reviewer I can be. I feel much more confident in going on site reviews now. Kudos to the council!
The training gave me confidence to speak up if I am concerned about a site and the lead and I may have different opinions.
I appreciate the effort of the team to construct a simulation of an accreditation site visit. Even as an experienced accreditation site visitor, I still learn from the group discussion and Pearls shared by the facilitators.
I want to thank the leaders of the accreditation council for an amazing training session this year at IMSH. It was great to work closely with the accreditation Team Leads simulating a site review. The team provided the group with difficult questions a well as supported opportunities to discuss responses and explore opportunities for learning!
I found the training quite helpful. It is easy, when reviewing the paperwork, to think that everything looks to be in order. It was very clear when we did on "on-site" interview that there were major gaps in the program. Our simulated participants were excellent in both their portrayal of the site leadership, as well as their feedback to each of the trainees.
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