Social Accountability


“The nation’s graduate medical education (GME) programs should be required to adhere to social accountability standards to promote the production of a physician workforce that meets the needs of local communities, as well as the country at large.”

You are probably like me in that when you read that you had to read it again and still ask yourself what the hell are they talking about.  Well, a study conducted by researchers at the AAFP’s Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and published in the September Journal of Graduate Medical Education is explained here on the AAFP website:

The study, which was based on interviews with 18 stakeholders from GME training sites, government agencies and health care organizations, identified what GME programs should be providing, how they should be held accountable and what that accountability should entail. 

Sounds eerily like administralian (the language of administrators) to me.  I like the way they use the word accountable multiple times.

“The aim of the study was really to highlight the idea that there should be some accountability, to talk about it and to define it,” said family physician and lead study investigator Anjani Reddy, M.D., a former Larry Green Visiting Scholar at the Graham Center.

Yeah, I think we got that.   It is important to be accountable, Anjani.  Go on.

“We realized before doing the study that there is no real definition of accountability or social accountability within graduate medical education,” said Reddy. 

Ahhh, there you go.  There is no great definition of accountability.   So how do we fix that?

Study participants also noted that educating physicians to provide high-quality care is a key accountability measure. 

Perfect!  We use another term, quality, to explain accountability.  Quality, as you know if you have ever read this blog, is indefinable as well.   So to summarize, a bunch of ivory tower, no nothings, who are not in the trenches, decide to do a study because they are bored and use a few administralian terms like accountability and quality and we end up with a politically correct waste of time.

I am embarrassed that I even blogged about it.  My apologies.

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