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Common Program Requirements

The Common Program Requirements (which include the General Competencies) set by the ACGME are in place to ensure that ACGME-accredited programs follow a basic set of standards (requirements) in training and preparing resident and fellow physicians in all specialties and subspecialties.

These requirements set the context within clinical learning environments for residents and fellows to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to take personal responsibility for the individual care of patients. In addition, they facilitate an environment where residents and fellows can interact with patients under the guidance and supervision of faculty members who give value, context, and meaning to those interactions.

The ACGME began a complete review of the Common Program Requirements in the fall of 2015, with the establishment of a Phase 1 Task Force focused on Section VI, Resident Duty Hours in the Learning and Working Environment. The implementation of new or revised requirements in Section VI is targeted for the 2017-2018 academic year. Prior to submitting any recommended changes to the ACGME Board of Directors for consideration and approval, the Task Force will collect public comments on proposed modifications during a 45-day public comment period.

In addition, a Common Program Requirements Phase 2 Task Force is being convened to assess and propose revisions to Sections I-V of the ACGME Common Program Requirements.

The Common Program Requirements provide direction on areas ranging from Program Personnel and Resources to Professionalism to Duty Hours.

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