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; clinical experience and education (formerly duty hours) and 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.