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Clinical Experience and Education (formerly Duty Hours)

The ACGME continually monitors the published research regarding patient safety, supervision, resident and fellow education, and competency development as it relates to working hours, to ensure that the Common Program Requirements reflect the best available evidence.

By conducting a thorough review of the Common Program Requirements in conjunction with the graduate medical education community and other key stakeholders, the ACGME intends to meet both the responsibility of the profession to educate and train the next generation of physicians, and to ensure the safety of patients and residents and fellows involved in the educational process. If any changes or modifications to the accreditation requirements are proposed, the ACGME invites comments during a 45-day public comment period.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the ACGME undertook a full review of the Common Program Requirements as part of a five-year scheduled review. The review will be completed in two phases. To date for the first phase of this review process, the ACGME has solicited (1) comments from the public on Section VI of the Common Program Requirements, and (2) formal position statements from its member organizations, constituent organizations, and others who have standing in this discussion, including impact analyses, recommendations, and supporting evidence.

Resources

Below are a series of resources to provide additional information and background on the Common Program Requirements, and on duty hours in particular.

Whenever significant decisions or changes are made that impact the graduate medical education community, the ACGME communicates that information in a letter to the community from Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.


Resources Related to Current Revision Process

Update on Common Program Requirements  (May 17, 2016)
Common Program Requirements Revisions  (January 7, 2016)
Update on Two Multicenter Trials (December 7, 2015)
Two Multicenter Trials (March 13, 2014)

Resources Related to 2011 Common Program Requirements (Currently in effect)

Second Update on the Progress of the Task Force)  (May 4, 2010)
Update on the Progress of the Task Force  (October 28, 2009)
ACGME Board Approves Review of Resident Duty Hours (February 2009)

The ACGME currently invites comments on proposed revisions to Section VI of the Common Program Requirements, The Learning and Working Environment (formerly, Resident Duty Hours in The Learning and Working Environment). Comments must be submitted electronically, using the form below, by December 19, 2016. Any responses that do not address the requested information, or which are submitted in a format other than indicated, may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the Common Program Requirements Task Force.

Specialty  Type of Revision Requirements /
Impact Statement
Comment Submission Deadline for Comments Status
Common Program Requirements
Type of Revision
Major
Requirements /
Impact Statement
Background and Intent
Program Requirements
Impact Statement
Comment Submission
Comment period has ended.
Deadline for Comments
Dec 19, 2016
Status
Closed for Comment/Awaiting Board Approval

Process

The ACGME continually monitors the published research regarding patient safety, supervision, resident and fellow education, and competency development as it relates to working hours, to ensure that the Common Program Requirements reflect the best available evidence.

By conducting a thorough review of the Common Program Requirements in conjunction with the graduate medical education community and other key stakeholders, the ACGME intends to meet both the responsibility of the profession to educate and train the next generation of physicians, and to ensure the safety of patients and residents and fellows involved in the educational process. If any changes or modifications to the accreditation requirements are proposed, the ACGME invites comments during a 45-day public comment period.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the ACGME undertook a full review of the Common Program Requirements as part of a five-year scheduled review. The review will be completed in two phases. To date for the first phase of this review process, the ACGME has solicited (1) comments from the public on Section VI of the Common Program Requirements, and (2) formal position statements from its member organizations, constituent organizations, and others who have standing in this discussion, including impact analyses, recommendations, and supporting evidence.


Public Input to the development of Section VI of the Common Program Requirements   (March 2016)
   Position Statements on Duty Hours and the Learning and Working Environment  January/February 2016)

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