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MUSC Graduate Medical Education

Frequently Asked Questions

ACLS Certification

Are pathology fellows required to be ACLS certified?

At present, we do not require Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification of pathology residents. However, they are required to receive Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification prior to their 3rd year and VA rotations.


Resident Housing on Away Rotations


For residents required to rotate at away locations, is there a standard for the housing provided to the residents? Is it really adequate housing if the residents are not provided a private bedroom?

According to the ACGME, sleeping arrangements within its accredited hospitals should be adequate.  If a resident participating in a required outside rotation does not find his/her sleeping arrangements adequate, the resident should relay the concern to the Program Director for investigation. 


Duty Hours

Fellows, in my program, are on call weekends, and most of the time, we spend more than 30 hours (36-40 hours sometimes) on campus on these weekends. Although it happens only 6-7 weeks, is this a violation of ACGME duty hour requirements? Of course, we also work Mondays to Fridays with over 8 hours per day.

Without having the specific amount of time worked in the above scenario, it is difficult to definitively state whether this would be a violation of the ACGME duty hour requirements. For further information, please visit the ACGME's webpage pertaining to duty hour requirements:

Also, all specialty and sub-specialty residents should make sure to log their duty hours as accurately as possible in the E*Value system. The E*Value system will flag any potential duty hour violations and notify the appropriate program administrators (Program Directors and Program Coordinators) via a monthly report. Residency programs are charged with monitoring and investigating any data suggesting non-compliance with duty hour requirements and responding to duty hour requirement violations appropriately.


Social Networking Sites

Does MUSC have a policy regarding social networking sites? If so, where can a copy of the policy be found?


MUSC does have a policy regarding social networking sites.  The Social Media Committee, comprised of representatives from all areas of MUSC, has the responsibility for maintaining and updating a social media policy for the MUSC Enterprise. The committee is a sub-group of the Communications Council.

With input from compliance and legal, the policy was developed to protect individuals and the MUSC enterprise. The current guidelines were approved by the Communications Council, the SGA, the Faculty Senate, and University Leadership.

The guidelines:

  • Do not supersede existing policies (including IT, news media/public communications and security policies)
  • Apply to official MUSC social media channels
  • Guide personal use of social media as an MUSC employee
  • Evaluate official pages and those that violate MUSC policy or guidelines may be removed
  • Allow departments to govern employee usage

The institution looks to managers and supervisors in handling employee situations as it relates to social media: 

  • Productivity – Evaluate improper usage of Internet time at work
  • Professionalism – Monitor and evaluate behaviors to ensure appropriate conduct
  • Privacy – Employees should refrain from discussing patient care information at all times; this includes all social networking sites and other media

 You can access the Guidelines in the CCMO website section of the intranet (horseshoe).


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