It is sometimes difficult to tell how much work a committee is doing until it summarizes its accomplishments. In many hospitals, the functions of the credentials committee go far beyond the review of new appointees to the medical staff. They include reappointments, review of new requests for...

When interviewing new applicants, it is often useful to use a structured interview form. This form should be modified to reflect the issues that are important to your hospital.

This allows the people conducting the interview to do the folloiwng, as well as so much more:

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Although it is important for the committee to review the entire credentials file, having a summary form with key elements can call attention to issues that require additional discussion. Suppose an applicant has had hospital privileges suspended, but he or she fails to note this fact on the...

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