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Recent ACGME News

NEJM Resident360 discussion focuses on physician wellness

May 9, 2019 — Dink Jardine, MD, chair of the ACGME’s Back to Bedside  Advisory Work Group, recently participated in an engaging discussion on NEJM Resident360 about physician well-being and wellness with a focus on the resident and fellow experience and system-level interventions. Experts representing health care administrators, program directors, faculty members, residents/fellows, and recent graduates participated in the discussion

In a summary post, Dr. Jardine highlights the following ways for residents and fellows to influence system-level change to improve their own and their colleagues’ environment:

  • Connecting to combat burnout
  • Recognizing struggle in yourself and others (and getting help when needed)
  • Engaging with leadership to implement innovation
  • Focusing on developing opportunities for meaningful and purposeful work

See the NEJM Resident360 post here.


NAM Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being holds public meeting

May 8, 2019 — The ACGME recently participated in the third meeting of the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience in Washington, DC. The meeting provided an opportunity for the public to engage with the Action Collaborative and experts on diversity, inclusion, and loneliness, with a session on workflow redesign to improve clinician well-being and enhance joy in practice.

The morning of the meeting, NAM launched Expressions of Clinician Well-Being, a collection of 100 pieces of art that express how clinicians, their loved ones, patients, and organizations experience clinician burnout and well-being. The display comes on the heels of a nationwide call from NAM for artists of all skills and abilities to submit artwork that represents what clinician well-being looks, feels, and sounds like to them.

ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP serves as co-chair for the Collaborative, along with Darrell Kirch, MD, CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and Victor Dzau, MD, CEO of NAM. Through formation of the Collaborative, these leaders are working with a network of 150 organizations to help doctors develop lifelong skills to improve their well-being across all career stages and specialties.


ACGME President and CEO featured in “Addressing Clinician Well-Being” Video

April 16, 2018 — The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released the video “Addressing Clinician Well-Being,” featuring ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, and National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau, MD. The video captures an in-depth discussion on the steps national health organizations are taking to make an impact on clinician mental health and physician well-being to address high rates of stress, depression, and burnout.


ACGME Launches New Tools and Resources Web Page Dedicated to Physician Well-Being
Resources Compiled to Support Local Efforts to Improve Resident, Fellow, and Faculty Member Well-Being, Help Physicians in Distress

March 27, 2018 — The ACGME recently launched a new, comprehensive Tools and Resources page for institutions, programs, residents/fellows, and faculty members to support and promote well-being in the clinical learning environment.

“We have written requirements around this important dimension of the learning environment, but we have now taken the important step of providing our program directors, residents, faculty members, and institutional leaders with a range of tools and practices that can assist them in going beyond meeting minimum standards,” said ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.

Read the full press release.


ACGME Response to Initial iCOMPARE Study Findings

March 21, 2018 — The ACGME is pleased that the first phase of the results of the iCOMPARE trial have been released. We thank the iCOMPARE researchers for their contributions. We look forward to reviewing these initial findings, and studying the complete results, including the outcomes related to patient safety and sleep data, when they become available. It will be important to evaluate all aspects of the results.

The ACGME is committed to supporting all Sponsoring Institutions and programs in meeting our requirements and prioritizing the well-being of their residents, fellows, and faculty members.

Read our well-being requirements and their context. In addition, a web page with well-being tools and resources for GME institutions and programs can be found on our website.


2018 Award Winners Group

ACGME Honors Graduate Medical Education Community with Annual Awards, including John C. Gienapp Distinguished Service Award
25 Individuals and Two Institutions Recognized for Innovation at Annual Educational Conference

March 2, 2018 — The ACGME presented awards to 27 recipients at its Annual Educational Conference, one of the largest gatherings of graduate medical educators in the world.

For the first time in six years, the ACGME selected a recipient for the John C. Gienapp Distinguished Service Award: Timothy C. Flynn, MD, FACS, University of Florida College of Medicine

The John C. Gienapp Distinguished Service Award was established in 1999 in recognition of John C. Gienapp, PhD who served as Executive Director of the ACGME for 19 years. The award honors individuals who, like him, have dedicated themselves to graduate medical education and have made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of residency education and ACGME accreditation activities.

Read the full press release.


New Tools and Resources to Support Resident and Faculty Member Well-Being Now Available

February 14, 2018 — The ACGME has launched a comprehensive Tools and Resources page for institutions, programs, residents/fellows, and faculty members to support and promote well-being and wellness in the clinical learning environment. The Task Force on Physician Well-Being assembled this list to help programs and institutions identify solutions that best meet local needs. The new resources also support the elements of Section VI of the ACGME Common Program Requirements, which emphasize psychological, emotional, and physical well-being as critical to the development of practicing physicians.

See the tools and resources here


New ACGME Video Spotlights the Importance of Innovation in Health Care

January 22, 2018— The ACGME has created informational videos as part of a national commercial spot for CNN Headline News (HLN). The videos spotlight the ACGME’s focus on improving resident education and confronting the changing health care landscape. In addition to the HLN spot, the videos will air continuously on public television throughout the US until the fall of 2018, and be available on the ACGME website for internal and external stakeholders to share in support of the ACGME’s mission of advancing health care through graduate medical education.


JGME Publishes Article Highlighting New ACGME Work Hour Standards

November 29, 2017 — The Journal for Graduate Medical Education (JGME) published a new article around the examination and revisions of the 2017 Common Program Requirements, highlighting the emphasis on improving physician and patient well-being, assertion of the 80-hour work week limit to ensure manageable workloads for physician learners, and the continual evolution and review of the Requirements based on external and field-specific changes affecting graduate medical education.


ACGME Announces Funding Recipients for Resident-led Back to Bedside Initiative
30 Proposals Selected to Enhance Resident-Patient Connection, Foster Joy and Meaning in Work

October 26, 2017—The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today announced the selection of funding recipients for Back to Bedside, a resident-led initiative to empower medical residents and fellows to create innovative strategies for increasing time with patients, improving physician and patient well-being.

The ACGME selected 30 proposals from 223 submissions, up from the original number of five proposals announced in May. Institutions will receive a total of $130,000 at different funding levels, renewable for up to two years. Visit www.acgme.org/backtobedside for the list of Back to Bedside recipients, projects and resident and fellow team leaders.


ACGME Releases 2016-2017 Statistics on Graduate Medical Education Programs and Resident Physicians
Residents in ACGME pipeline programs increased 20 percent over the last 10 years

September 28, 2017—Today the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) released its 2016-2017 Data Resource Book, the most comprehensive and reliable resource of its kind, including data on the size, scope, and distribution of graduate medical education in the US.


ACGME Chooses Pathway Leaders for Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Initiative

September 13, 2017— The ACGME announced the selection of nine Pathway Leaders, institutions that will form a Patient Safety Collaborative focused on creating and testing a framework for residents and fellows to engage with their learning environments in promoting a culture of safety.

The Patient Safety Collaborative is the first in a series of collaboratives that will focus on optimizing the engagement of residents and fellows among the six Focus Areas of the ACGME’s Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program: patient safety, health care quality, care transitions, supervision, fatigue management (well-being), and professionalism.


First Public Meeting of Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

June 26, 2017— The ACGME has partnered with the National Academy of Medicine to launch a new Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience. The group’s first public meeting will be held July 14 to explore promising approaches to promoting physician well-being and highlight current research. Registration is free and open until July 11 at http://bit.ly/2rjfLoG.


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

May 24, 2017— The 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.”

Read the full press release.
Learn more at www.acgme.org/backtobedside.


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.

E-mail any questions to ACGMEConference@acgme.org.


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 2017 Annual Educational Conference
23 Individuals and 3 Institutions Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate Medical Education Community

March 10, 2017— Today the ACGME presented 26 honorees at its Annual Educational Conference with awards, including the DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award presented in partnership with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and the Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship presented in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine.


ACGME Releases Revised Common Program Requirements, Section VI, The Learning and Working Environment
Standards Reinforce Culture of Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being

March 10, 2017— The ACGME today released a final set of revisions to the professional standards all accredited US residency and fellowship programs follow in preparing today’s physicians for a lifetime of practice. The new requirements, effective July 1, 2017, reinforce a culture of patient safety and physician well-being in residency training programs by strengthening the focus on patient-centered, team-based care.


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 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.


Three 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 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

November 29, 2016— 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 Program Requirements for Public Comment
Proposed Requirements Focus on Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being

November 4, 2016— The 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 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 in the US.

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 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 Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program 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 Dr. Thomas J. Nasca 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, MD 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 ACGME CEO 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 the 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 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 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 Videos

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



Open Letters to the GME Community


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.


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.


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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