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Programs must be committed to and responsible for promoting patient safety and resident well-being in a supportive educational environment.
     ACGME Common Program Requirements VI.A.2

Accreditation

The ACGME is responsible for setting standards for residency and fellowship programs to create a safe learning environment that serves the best interests of patients and residents.

ACGME requirements specify that programs must be committed to and responsible for promoting patient safety and resident well-being in a supportive educational environment. The intent of these requirements is to foster a humanistic learning environment that serves the best interests of patients, residents, and fellows while in training, as well as in their future practice. Institutions that sponsor ACGME-accredited programs must: provide residents/fellows with access to health services, such as confidential counseling and behavioral health resources; educate residents and faculty members about wellness, including adequate rest; and have systems in place for monitoring and identifying any form of resident/fellow mistreatment.

A comprehensive review to update the Common Program Requirements began in the fall of 2015. A Task Force was established to assess new research and consider input from the profession and the public related to the learning and working environment, including resident/fellow well-being, patient safety, transitions of care, supervision, teamwork, and clinical experience and education hours.


Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program

The ACGME’s CLER Program provides Sponsoring Institutions with periodic feedback from site visits that addresses the following six focus areas:

  • patient safety
  • health care quality
  • care transitions
  • supervision
  • fatigue management, mitigation, and clinical experience and education (formerly duty hours)
  • professionalism

CLER Program staff members have visited nearly 500 institutions over three years and are working toward identifying resources in place for residents, fellows, and faculty members to support optimal patient care and to improve the educational experience.



The Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME)

JGME, which is provided to all ACGME-accredited programs as part of their accreditation fees, as well as to a range of other subscribers, publishes research and articles on innovative approaches to graduate medical education, including on topics related to enhancing physician well-being, combating physician burnout, and finding meaning in medicine.

JGME encourages authors to submit articles on innovative approaches in GME programs related to resident/fellow resilience, well-being, and other related topics. For more information on submitting a manuscript with Instructions for Authors please click here.

To view articles published in the Journal on the topic of physician well-being, click here.

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Visit the JGME website for the latest research in graduate medical education.

For articles concerning physician well-being, click here.

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