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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?

Kerri Glover, Business Development & Marketing Services, Heather Woolwine, Office of Public Relations and Reece Smith, medical center compliance, reviewed concerns relating to the use of social media in the workplace. Marketing Services and Public Relations began evaluating the value of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other products about a year ago as a way to promote good will and enhance MUSC’s reputation and brand with the public and press. Currently, there are about 30 MUSC groups on Facebook. The team explored multiple areas and collaborated with departments and groups to respond to questions about institution-wide usage.
  - MUSC has policies governing IT and news media/public communications, but no specific online communications or social media policy. 
  - Marketing and PR met with OCIO, MUHA and University HR, MUHA and University Compliance, MUHA and University Legal and the Student Facebook Committee regarding social media.
  - Guidelines were developed and approved by Marketing Advisory Council and the President’s Council. These guidelines are similar to other institutions including St. Jude’s, Mayo Clinic and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
  - Social media guidelines will be posted on, and MUSC Intranet.

  - The guidelines:

  • Do not supersede existing policies
  • Represent official MUSC social media
  • 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

  - Three Ps of social media – 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

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