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A New Look at Clinical Privileges for Procedures

EUGENE A. HILDRETH, M.D.
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The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Reading, Pennsylvania


Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(4):585-587. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-107-4-585
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In preparing guidelines for clinical competence in specific medical procedures, the American College of Physicians (ACP) intends to suggest minimum criteria necessary for competent performance of the procedures. It is hoped the guidelines will be useful in education and evaluation, but especially during the course of privilege delineation decisions.

In addressing the questions of why the ACP has begun such action, a number of influencing factors should be recognized. Members of the ACP have asked the College to address the issues of credentialing procedures in order to assist them in their individual institutions. Credentialing is critical to the practice of

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