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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; 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.

News and Announcements

National Report of Findings 2016 Issue Brief No. 5: Care Transitions

March, 22, 2017- The ACGME has released the fifth in a series of issue briefs relating to the CLER National Report of Findings 2016.

This fifth report highlights findings in four major areas relating to care transitions: alignment of priorities; inpatient transition processes; change-of-duty transitions; and resident and fellow engagement in developing and implementing strategies to improve care transitions.

Webinar – Themes in Care Transitions from the CLER National Report

March 22, 2017 - In collaboration with the Dr. Ana McKee, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at The Joint Commission, Dr. Kevin Weiss will share the data specific to care transitions from the recent CLER National Report of Findings 2016 and engage Dr. McKee and the community in a robust discussion about the challenges and opportunities presented in the findings.

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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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