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Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER)

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recognizes the public's need for a physician workforce capable of meeting the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care environment.

The ACGME has responded to this need by implementing the CLER program as a part of its Next Accreditation System. The CLER program is designed to provide US teaching hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and other clinical settings affiliated with ACGME-accredited institutions with periodic feedback that addresses the following six focus areas: patient safety; health care quality; care transitions; supervision; fatigue management and mitigation; and professionalism.

The feedback provided by the CLER program is designed to improve how clinical sites engage resident and fellow physicians in learning to provide safe, high quality patient care.

The only accreditation requirement associated with this new program is that each SI must undergo a CLER visit every 24 to 36 months to maintain accreditation.

News and Announcements

Webinar – Pursuing Excellence  Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative

July 19, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Central - This is an informational webinar about the Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative. Guests will hear a 30-minute presentation about the Collaborative and have the opportunity to ask questions in real time.

The Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments-Pathways Leaders Collaborative will focus on optimizing resident/fellow engagement in the six focus areas of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program: patient safety, health care quality, care transitions, supervision, fatigue management (well-being), and professionalism.

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Call for Applications - Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative

June 15, 2017 - The ACGME seeks up to 10 ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions to participate in the first in a series of the next component of the Pursuing Excellence Initiative, the Pathways Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative.

The Pathway Leaders collaboratives will focus on optimizing resident engagement in the six CLER focus areas: patient safety, health care quality, care transitions, supervision, fatigue management (well-being), and professionalism.

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Webinar – CLER Fatigue Issue Brief: Themes in Fatigue from the CLER National Report

June 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central - The ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program will host the seventh webinar in a series of presentations designed around the six CLER Focus areas.

In collaboration with Douglas E. Paull, MD, MS, FACS, FCCP, CHSE, senior medical officer / deputy director of the National Center for Patient Safety representing the VA National Center for Patient Safety, Dr. Kevin Weiss will share the data specific to fatigue from the recent CLER National Report of Findings 2016 and engage the collaborator and the community in a robust discussion about the challenges and opportunities presented in the findings.

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CLER Pathways to Excellence Version 1.1

May 15, 2017- Reflective of the ACGME’s prioritization of and focus on physician well-being, the CLER Program is pleased to announce the release of the CLER Pathways to Excellence Version 1.1. In this latest version, the focus area of Duty Hours, Fatigue Management, and Mitigation has evolved into Well-Being, addressing four interrelated topics: work/life balance; fatigue; burnout; and support of those at risk of or demonstrating self-harm. This new focus area recognizes the important role of clinical learning environments in designing and implementing systems that monitor and support physician well-being.

Webinar – CLER Pathways to Excellence Version 1.1

May 15, 2017- Drs. James Bagian and Kevin Weiss, co-chairs of the CLER Evaluation Committee, present an overview of this latest version of the CLER Pathways to Excellence.

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Contact CLER Staff:
Vice President, Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER)
Robin Wagner, RN, MHSA
312.755.5054
Director, CLER Site Visit Operations
Betsy Kimball, MA
312.755.7133
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