METRIC® for Residency Programs
Why METRIC for my residency program?
It's a QI project already structured!
Completing METRIC will meet ACGME requirements for residents and MC-FP Part IV requirement for faculty. Faculty also earn 20 AAFP Prescribed credits.
Program directors can preview METRIC modules by contacting AAFP METRIC staff.
What about cost?
Residents and faculty do not pay a registration fee to participate in METRIC modules. The residency program will incur a nominal administrative charge. See details below.
Customized group reporting is available. AAFP METRIC staff are able to provide a group report listing each member of the practice group and what stage of the METRIC module he or she has completed. This report is available as frequently as needed. Contact the METRIC staff for additional report options.
FAQs for Residency Programs
Yes, you can review the performance measures for each METRIC module chart review. Download the METRIC performance measures(1 page PDF).
Please call AAFP at (800) 274-2237 to get the ID number(s). New accounts can also be created at this time, if needed. Once all IDs are included on the group form, submit to AAFP for processing.
AAFP nonmembers are welcome to participate with the group.
Yes. The AAFP METRIC is an online tool that requires an address for communication with each participant. The program utilizes the address in the AAFP database.
Is it possible to preview METRIC modules to facilitate determination of the most appropriate module for my group?
A METRIC test drive opportunity is available that allows a preview of all AAFP METRIC modules.
Contact AAFP METRIC staff at email@example.com or (800) 274-2237 and request a test drive.
When registering as a group, residents and faculty are not charged a registration fee for their modules.
An annual administrative charge for residency programs will apply:
- $50 for residency programs with three to 19 residents
- $75 for residency programs with 20 or more residents
This covers group registrations and tracking reports.
How can faculty of family medicine residency programs satisfy MC-FP Part IV and still participate as a group?
Faculty members earn 20 AAFP Prescribed credits and satisfy MC-FP Part IV when completing the full number of patient chart reviews and completing the entire module within the appropriate stage of the Maintenance of Certification process. The AAFP automatically updates the physician’s CME record and notifies the ABFM once Step 10.2 is submitted.
How does the program help residents document that they have developed the ACGME competency in practice-based learning and improvement?
Residents can print each step of the METRIC program, including baseline and follow up practice assessment questionnaire responses, performance measure results and their action plan.
The minimum number to form a residency group is three residents.
Options for a group of 15 in multiple modules include, but are not limited to: 1) five people participate in three different modules OR 2) three people participate in five different modules. The group report incorporates all the different modules in which your practice is participating.
Each individual may enter up to 50 patient charts both during the baseline and during the re-assessment phases for up to 100 patient charts per module. Simply note on your group enrollment form the number of charts your group would like to enter.
If entering less than ten charts per resident, is it necessary to know how many charts each resident will be able to enter?
If each group member is not able to enter ten charts, it is essential to determine how many charts can be entered and to indicate that number on the enrollment form. The lowest number of charts per resident must be communicated to METRIC staff on the group enrollment form. For example, if one resident can enter 11 charts, another resident can enter nine charts, and another resident can enter seven charts, it is essential that the minimum chart review number be set to seven charts.
Faculty must enter ten charts to satisfy the program requirements for MC-FP Part IV, regardless of the residency program minimum.
Faculty may elect to have everyone select the same intervention(s), or the individual physician may choose his or her own interventions and remain part of the group.
At this time, it is not possible to electronically download data to the METRIC program from another location.
There are two ways to look at group results: one way is within the program. Groups may also request specific data reports, particularly if they are part of a quality improvement initiative.
Start by contacting METRIC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 271-2237.
The standard METRIC tracking report is a list of all physicians in the group along with a date stamp of each step in the METRIC module they completed. Faculty or quality improvement initiative leaders can easily monitor the progress of the group in accomplishing each step in the program.
The standard METRIC tracking report lists completion or start dates for the following:
- Registration date
- First date that the participant accessed the METRIC module
- Start and end dates of the baseline chart review
- First action plan submission
- Anticipated re-start date (after required 1-month period of the action plan)
- Actual re-start date
- Start and end dates of the follow-up chart review
- Submission of the final plan
- Completion of the METRIC module