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.