Education | Residency Program | Medical Education Consortium

The policies and procedures established in the WU / B-JH / SLCH Graduate Medical Education Consortium website are intended to provide a governance structure for overseeing the graduate medical education programs by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, hereafter known as "the institutions." These policies will be ratified by the governing bodies of each institution and will serve as the policies for oversight of graduate medical education by each institution unless specific delegatory authority to specific institutions is granted in these policies. Nothing in this document is intended to, nor should it be construed as placing within the Consortium's scope of responsibility and authority, the ability to determine how any party will bill for services provided by individuals who participate in the GME Program, including, but not limited to, billing for services provided under the Medicaid Program, or the Medicare Program, or to impact the reporting of associated costs by any party to Medicare. Effective as of December 3, 1997, the parties mutually agree to operate graduate medical education programs in accordance with the principles outlined below.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) has clarified HR Standard 1.20 to provide that hospitals are now required to screen trainees in the same manner as staff employed by the hospital if the trainees work in the same capacity as staff who provides care, treatment and services. In order to meet this standard and continue to provide safe, quality patient care and excellent educational opportunities, the GME Consortium has implemented additional screening requirements for trainees. These additional requirements are consistent with the requirements imposed on other employed staff.

House staff paid by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine are required to successfully pass all screening requirements including a drug test and criminal background check prior to beginning their training at this institution. All Consortium policies and procedures governing house staff are available on the GME website under the link "About the GME Consortium".

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