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ACGME Letter to the Community on Well-Being

June 2, 2017— ACGME CEO Dr. Nasca explores recent statistics on resident deaths reported in an article in Academic Medicine and offers strategies and interventions for residency programs to follow in supporting learner and faculty member well-being year-round.

Dr. Timothy Brigham Talks to ReachMD about Physician Well-Being

May 26, 2017— In a recent radio interview with ReachMD, Dr. Timothy P. Brigham, ACGME chief of staff and senior vice president, Education, explores the topic of physician well-being, including ways to address burnout.

Listen to the interview here.

Competitive Funding Opportunity Available for Medical Residents
ACGME Back to Bedside Initiative Seeks Innovative Ideas to Increase Time Residents Spend with Patients

CHICAGO, IL (May 24, 2017) — The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today announced a groundbreaking initiative to empower medical residents and fellows to generate innovative strategies that will let them spend more time with patients, improving their own and their patients’ well-being.

The Back to Bedside initiative is a competitive funding opportunity created by residents for residents, to inspire new ways to foster greater meaning in their daily work. The ACGME will fund up to five awards of $10,000 per year, for up to a two-year period.

“The goal is to generate actionable recommendations for improving the clinical learning environment to combat resident burnout,” said Dink Jardine, MD, chair of the ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR) and resident member of the ACGME Board of Directors. “We want to build a toolbox of processes, curricula, projects, and other initiatives focused on patients and disseminate them across the graduate medical education community.”

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ACGME Announces Call for Sessions for the 2018 Annual Educational Conference

May 9, 2017— The ACGME is pleased to announce the Call for Sessions for the 2018 ACGME Annual Educational Conference that will be held on March 1-4, 2018 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, June 16, 2017 to be considered. Applicants whose sessions are selected will be notified by e-mail the week of July 24, 2017.

View submission guidelines and access the Call for Sessions Submission Form.

The ACGME also announced a Call for Workshops for the 2018 Annual Coordinator Forum to be held Thursday, March 1, 2018 as part of the preconference to the 2018 Annual Educationl Conference. Learn more and check this page for more updates leading up to the 2018 conference.

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Dr. Stanley J. Hamstra, ACGME Vice President, Milestones Research and Evaluation, Receives Recognition From ABIM Foundation for Scholarly Contribution Addressing Professionalism

April 26, 2017— Today, the ABIM Foundation announced ACGME Vice President, Milestones Research and Evaluation Stanley J. Hamstra, PhD as one of the recipients of the seventh annual John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize.
The award recognizes the importance of scholarly publication to advance the field of medical professionalism. Dr. Hamstra and David M. Irby, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco received the award for “Parting the Clouds: Three Professionalism Frameworks in Medical Education.” The article, published in the April 2016 issue of Academic Medicine, outlines three frameworks that have evolved in medical education to teach professionalism.

“Defining and assessing professionalism in medical students and residents is not an easy task,” said Dr. Hamstra. “Our paper emphasizes the links between three very different approaches. We believe that by understanding the three different perspectives and their historical roots, medical educators can be more confident in teaching their learners, and this will ultimately help patients.”

2017 Award Winners Group

ACGME Presents Seven Awards at Annual Educational Conference

March 10, 2017—23 Individuals and 3 Institutions Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate Medical Education Community.

ACGME Releases Section VI Requirements

March 10, 2017—ACGME announces final revisions to Section VI of the Common Program Requirements, effective July 1, 2017.

Second ACGME Letter to the GME Community on Immigration Policy

February 2, 2017—ACGME CEO Dr. Nasca provides an expanded response to the executive order on immigration as it affects the graduate medical education community. Check back here for more updates on this issue.

ACGME Letter to the GME Community on Immigration Policy

January 30, 2017—ACGME CEO Dr. Nasca addresses the Executive Order on immigration with the graduate medical education community.

ACGME Joins National Academy of Medicine’s 'Action Collaborative' to Promote Physician Well-Being and Combat Burnout, Depression, and Suicide Among Health Care Workers

December 15, 2016—In response to alarming evidence of high rates of depression and suicide among US health care workers, the ACGME joined the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), which today launched a wide-ranging “action collaborative” of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being and resilience. To date, more than 20 professional and educational organizations have committed to the NAM-led initiative, which will identify priorities and collective efforts to advance evidence-based solutions and promote multidisciplinary approaches that will reverse the trends in clinician stress and ultimately improve patient care and outcomes.

December 2016 Issue of Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) Focuses on Well-Being

December 9, 2016—On the heels of the ACGME’s Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being, the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) released its December 2016 issue featuring the latest research and commentary on this important topic. Highlights from the issue include a systematic review of well-being in residency, a case study on developing emotional intelligence in the clinical learning environment, and an overview of the feasibility of a comprehensive wellness and suicide prevention program, among others.

3 leading health organizations aim to reduce suicides by physicians, medical trainees

December 1, 2016—As increasing rates of stress, depression, and fatigue fuel concern about physician well-being, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and Mayo Clinic today launched an initiative to prevent physician and medical trainee suicides.

“We want to be part of a national dialogue that addresses physician well-being and leads to transformational change - to a more humane learning environment for all medical education and a healthier culture for all physicians,” says ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.

At the ACGME’s Second Symposium on Physician Well-Being, the three organizations introduced a library of educational resources on the ACGME website. The resources are intended to help physicians and medical trainees.

Read 10 facts about physician suicide and mental health.

The ACGME and National Patient Safety Foundation Address Themes in Patient Safety

The ACGME presented the second in a series of webinars designed around the findings of CLER Program site visits related to the six CLER Focus Areas. Follow link above to access a recording of the November 29, 2016 webinar by ACGME’s Dr. Kevin Weiss and Dr. Tejal Gandhi of the National Patient Safety Foundation, where they examined the data from the recent CLER National Report of Findings 2016 and engaged the GME community in a dialogue about patient safety.

ACGME Task Force Presents New Residency Training Requirements for Public Comment
Proposed Requirements Focus on Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being

November 4, 2016—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today presented a set of proposed revisions to Section VI of its Common Program Requirements for public comment over the next 45 days. The Common Program Requirements provide uniform standards for all accredited US residency and fellowship programs that train the next generation of physicians to care for the American public.

In summary, the proposed requirements:

  • have an expanded section on patient safety and quality improvement;
  • include a new section on physician well-being;
  • strengthen expectations around team-based care; and,
  • streamline resident clinical and educational work hours to be consistent across the country in a framework that is supported by educators.

ACGME Releases Latest Statistics on Graduate Medical Education Programs and Resident Physicians
September 29, 2016—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) released its newly organized and expanded 2015-2016 Data Resource Book, the most comprehensive and reliable resource of its kind, including data on the size, scope, and distribution of graduate medical education (GME) in the U.S.

Following steady growth in accredited programs over the last decade, the 2015-2016 academic year showed the largest annual increase of programs; up 3% from the previous academic year. These 9,977 accredited programs include 124,409 active residents and fellows in 149 specialties and subspecialties.

See the full Data Resource Book

The ACGME Releases Executive Summary of 2016 National Report of Findings from CLER Visits
The ACGME has released the first in a series of issue briefs relating to the recently released CLER National Report of Findings 2016.

This first release provides an executive summary of the collective observations from the first set of CLER site visits, which portray a community of teaching hospitals, medical centers, and ambulatory care sites that has great capacity to shape the quality of the emerging physician workforce and drive improvements in patient care.

ACGME Announces Institutions Selected for Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative
July 13, 2016—The ACGME is pleased to announce the eight Sponsoring Institutions selected to participate in the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative announced earlier this year. The four-year initiative is aimed at driving improvements within clinical learning environments, where residents and fellows pursue training in their specialties or subspecialties.

The Commonwealth Medical College Bestows Honorary Doctor of Medical Arts Degree to ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
July 5, 2016—The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) recently awarded ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP an honorary Doctor of Medical Arts degree at its commencement ceremony in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Nasca, who served as principal speaker at the ceremony, was chosen to receive the degree for his leadership in American medicine and early involvement in advising the founders of TCMC.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College Renames Award in Honor of ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
June 20, 2016—The first Thomas J. Nasca, M.D. Award for Distinguished Teaching and Dedication to Student Medical Education  was presented June 1 at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Class Day Program, named to honor Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.

ACGME Salutes Orlando Health Care Teams

June 17, 2016—In the wake of the devastating events in Orlando on June 12, the ACGME grieves with the people of Orlando and across the United States. We mourn the injury and loss of life.

As an organization with a mission to “improve health care and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through accreditation,” the ACGME recognizes and deeply values the tremendous responsibility and dedication of the members of the health care community to care for the public and patients in the aftermath of such incidents.

We are incredibly proud of the work of our nation’s teaching hospitals, faculty members, residents, fellows, and the other health care providers across the medical continuum who work tirelessly to care for patients and their families and help repair broken communities.

Initial ACGME Milestone Ratings Published in Annals of Internal Medicine
June 2, 2016—The Annals of Internal Medicine published “The Internal Medicine Reporting Milestones: Cross-sectional Description of Initial Implementation in U.S. Residency Programs” on May 10, 2016. The article, co-authored by the ACGME’s Eric S. Holmboe, MD, senior vice president, Milestones Development and Evaluation and Stanley J. Hamstra, PhD, vice president, Milestones Research and Evaluation, along with other industry professionals, describes initial Milestones ratings for internal medicine residents in all 383 internal medicine programs across the nation.

The ratings are based on data reported at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Read the Annals excerpt. Read more about ACGME Milestones.

ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative Attracts Innovative Proposals
June 1, 2016—In response to the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative, led by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), 47 ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions submitted proposals to help drive improvements within their clinical learning environments, where residents and fellows pursue training in their specialties or subspecialties. The applicants range from academic medical centers to community hospitals across the United States.

Eric Holmboe, MD, Selected by NBME® for 2016 John P. Hubbard Award
April 19, 2016—The ACGME is pleased to announce that Eric Holmboe, MD, board-certified internist and Senior Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation, has received the 2016 John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®).

ACGME Presents Six Awards, Including New DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award in Partnership with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Feb. 26, 2016—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) presented awards to 23 recipients at its Annual Educational Conference, including the inaugural DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award presented in partnership with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

ACGME Commits Funding for Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments
Feb. 16, 2016—The ACGME announced Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments, a four-year initiative designed to promote transformative improvement within the clinical learning environments of ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions in which resident and fellow physicians pursue their formal clinical training in a specialty or subspecialty.

ACGME in the News

Doctor depression, suicide slowly coming out of shadows
June 6, 2017—Chicago Tribune

ACGME sees largest annual increase of accredited programs
October 7, 2016—HC Pro

ACGME’s plan for physician well-being laid out by Timothy Brigham, PhD, MDiv
October 4, 2016—AMA Wire

Our Lady of the Lake chosen for medical education initiative
July 20, 2016—The Advocate

Dell Medical School and Dell Seton Medical Center win $300,000 grant
July 19, 2016—Silicon Hills technology news

Partnership to transform clinical training selects hospital/medical school participants
July 14, 2016—AHA News

UCSF to Train Residents in Lean Management and Process Improvement
July 13, 2016—UCSF News

Resident burnout: Unearthing the bigger picture
July 7, 2016—AMA Wire

Residency Training Environments Primed for Transformation
March 15, 2016—AMA Wire

Community-based Initiative Looks to Innovate the Clinical Learning Environment
February 19, 2016—Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN)

ACGME continues to develop leadership initiative
February 16, 2016—Becker’s Hospital Review

Providing the best training opportunities for future physician leaders
February 16, 2016—AHA Stat

AACOM Joins 20 Other Partners in ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments
February 16, 2016—AACOM News

ACGME rolls out new teaching initiative
January 29, 2016—Becker’s Hospital Review

ACGME Videos

Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments (Video size 303.4MB)

Recent Open Letters to the GME Community

Physician Well-Being August 23, 2016
The ACGME provides an update on recent efforts related to the Physician Well-Being initiative.

Update on Common Program Requirements May 17, 2016
The ACGME provides an update on the comprehensive review and revision of the Common Program Requirements.

Common Program Requirements Revisions January 7, 2016
The ACGME is embarking on a full review of its Common Program Requirements in two phases over the next 18 months.

Update on Two Multicenter Trials December 7, 2015
The FIRST trial and the iCOMPARE trial will provide much-needed data on the effects of duty hour regulations.

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