The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is an independent, not-for-profit, physician-led organization that sets and monitors the professional educational standards essential in preparing physicians to deliver safe, high-quality medical care to all Americans.
The mission of the ACGME is to improve health care and population health by assessing and enhancing the quality of resident and fellow physicians' education through advancements in accreditation and education.ACGME MISSION, VISION, and VALUES
In Academic Year 2020-2021, there were approximately 12,420 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs in 182 specialties and subspecialties at
approximately 862 Sponsoring Institutions.
There were approximately 149,000 active full- and part-time
residents and fellows.
1 out of 7 active physicians in the US is a resident or fellow.
Graduate medical education refers to the period of training in a particular specialty (residency) or subspecialty (fellowship) following medical school.
Residency and fellowship programs provide the clinical experience and education for residents to:
The ACGME sets standards for effective training programs, and monitors compliance with those standards (the Institutional and Program Requirements).
|Requirements are set, and compliance with those requirements is assessed, by specialty-specific Review Committees made up of volunteer physician experts in the field, including residents/fellows, as well as public representatives. There are 28 of these specialty-specific Review Committees, including one for Transitional Year programs. The Institutional Review Committee reviews and accredits institutions that sponsor graduate medical education programs. Each Review Committee receives data on all accredited or applicant programs or institutions within its purview, and makes an accreditation status decision on each, annually.|
Learn more about the Committees and Members Selection Process
The ACGME and the graduate medical education community have made significant advances over recent years to transition to an accreditation model that encourages excellence and innovation.