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Resident Transfer Policy

I. Purpose of Policy

  • The institution and its Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) -accredited training programs are at risk for loss of accreditation if non-eligible residents are accepted into our training programs.
  • Per ACGME Common Program requirements, residents who apply for transfer from another Graduate Medical Education (GME) program are subject to all elements in the policies addressing eligibility requirements and the selection process, as well as the additional requirements noted below.

II. Policy Scope

This policy applies to all ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs at Dartmouth- Hitchcock (D-H).

III. Definitions

Resident: Any physician in an accredited graduate medical education program, including interns, residents, and fellows.


CanMEDS: A medical education framework developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada that emphasizes the essential competencies of a physician.


IV. Policy Statement

  • Before accepting a resident transfer from another training program, the D-H program director must obtain:
    • A written or electronic verification of the prior educational experience, and
    • A summative, competency-based performance evaluation of the transferring resident.
    • Verification of the resident’s level of competency in the required clinical field using ACGME or CanMEDS Milestones assessments from the prior training program.

  • For any resident transferring from a D-H training program to another program prior to completion of training, the D-H Program Director must:
    • Provide timely written or electronic verification of residency education, and
    • A summative, competency-based performance evaluation for the resident.

  • For programs with an ACGME-based case log requirement the Program Director must arrange for transfer of ACGME Case Log data after resident acceptance into the program.


D-H Policy ID: 11277

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