ACGME Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Courses
In Person in Chicago, Illinois

  • Fall 2024
    • September 11-13 and December 4-6
  • Spring 2025
    • March 30-April 4
  • Summer 2025
    • July 23-25 and October 15-17
  • Fall 2025
    • September 10-12 and December 3-5

The ACGME has returned to offering its longstanding Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment course in person. This course uses a series of theory bursts and interactive small group activities designed to help participants design and make improvements in their own assessment programs and strive toward achieving the goals of competency-based medical education (CBME).

Outcomes and competency-based medical education practices, as well as the ACGME's accreditation model that includes the Milestones, have created a growing and important need for effective assessment in graduate medical education (GME) programs across all competencies. The COVID-19 pandemic only reinforced the need for robust assessment programs to ensure the effective professional development of medical students, residents, and fellows.

To help build a community of learning, educational materials will continue to be available to all participants after they complete the course through the ACGME's online learning portal, Learn at ACGME. Note: a free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.


A Systems Approach to Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment

The course is designed to help participants build effective assessment programs for their residency or fellowship. Sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including simulation practice, peer consultations, and application exercises, to provide participants with methods and tools for effective assessment. The course also provides a roadmap for developing an assessment system to assist participants in implementing changes within their own institution.

This course is ideal for:

  • Program directors
  • Associate program directors
  • Chairs and members of Clinical Competency Committees (CCCs)
  • Designated institutional officials
  • Faculty members with major responsibility for the assessment of residents/fellows

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply key principles of outcomes-based education in GME
  • Optimize the use of developmental assessment based on goals and principles of CBME
  • Understand and apply key issues in rater cognition, as well as understand their implications for effective assessment
  • Build an effective assessment program by choosing and applying appropriate tools
  • Develop effective group process for assessment in their CCC
  • Improve approaches to use of multi-faceted longitudinal assessment data for professional development
  • Employ effective practices in work-based assessment
  • Develop a personal action plan and a program-specific improvement project for change in their own program


The course will be delivered in interactive workshops that include theory bursts covering essential assessment content mixed with small group application exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to practice direct observation and feedback skills in a simulation center. This course will be led by ACGME senior staff members and selected expert instructors from other teaching institutions. Educational materials will be available in Learn at ACGME, where they will remain available to participants after completing the course. Note: a free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.

Regional Faculty Development Assessment Courses

Regional Faculty Development Hub courses are presented by leading GME institutions that have collaborated with the ACGME to develop a curriculum focusing on building assessment skills of individual faculty members or others at the front lines of resident and fellow education. These highly interactive courses are taught by expert faculty members, including individuals who previously attended the ACGME course. Many of these courses transitioned to a virtual format during the COVID-19 pandemic; some continue to be offered virtually, while others have returned to an in-person format. Review specific course listings below for more detail.

Course Dates

  • Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
    • Course Name: MAHEC – ACGME Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment
    • Course Location: Asheville, North Carolina
    • Fall Course Date(s): September 18-20, 2024
    • Course Format: In-person
    • Course Registration Contact: Stephanie Call, MD, MSHPH - 804.347.5322;
    • Fall Course Registration Link: MAHEC
  • Yale School of Medicine
    • Course Name: Yale School of Medicine ACGME - Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment
    • Course Location: New Haven, Connecticut
    • Course Date(s): September 11, 18, 25, and 26, 2024
    • Course Format: Hybrid
    • Course Registration Contact: Dana Dunne, MD, MHS -
    • Course Registration Link: Yale School of Medicine

Regional Faculty Development Hubs
Cathay General Hospital
Chang Gung Medical Foundation
China Medical University Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Ohio)
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Karolinska Institute Stockholm
Maine Medical Center
Mountain Area Health Education Center
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
National Health Group Singapore
Oman Medical Specialty Board
Pacific-Northwest Consortium
Philadelphia Consortium: Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson, Penn State Hershey, and Geisinger Commonwealth
Southeast Hub
Stanford University
Taipei Medical University Hospital
Taiwan Society of Emergency Medicine
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Texas Health San Antonio and Dell School of Medicine Consortium
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
Yale University

Additional Faculty Development Resources

In addition to the above courses, the ACGME has developed a wide range of resources to provide educators with tools to assist them in their efforts to improve GME outcomes through assessment, including:

  • The Direct Observation of Clinical Care (DOCC) app assists faculty members and other evaluators in completing on-the-spot or scheduled direct observation assessments of residents and fellows caring for patients and performing other clinical activities. To access the content, program faculty members should first create an account on the website, and then can use the app to do direct observation assessments from their smartphone.
  • Teamwork Effectiveness Assessment Module is a web-based tool for collecting multisource feedback on residents' and fellows' competency development in the areas of professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, competence in interprofessional teamwork, and aspects of systems-based practice.
  • The ACGME’s Milestones Resources web page, which features several guidebooks to assist with a range of assessment implementation situations.
  • The ACGME's Improving Assessment Using Direct Observation Toolkit offers faculty development curricula for institutions that can be adapted to local needs and provides individual faculty members with techniques that will help them become better educators.

Additional online assessment training for GME educators is also available in the ACGME’s online learning portal, Learn at ACGME. Note: a free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.