The ACGME Commits to Improving Diagnostic Quality and Safety

July 8, 2019

The ACGME has recently joined the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, a collaboration with of more than 50 leading health care organizations, focused on ensuring that diagnoses are accurate, communicated, and timely. Convened by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), the coalition brings members together to find solutions that enhance diagnostic quality and safety, reduce harm, and ensure better health outcomes for patients.

As part of its dedication to safety and quality in medicine, the ACGME implemented the Milestones in 2013 as a way to help residency and fellowship programs improve curriculum and assessment in six Core Competencies, and has begun work on Milestones 2.0 for all specialties, which will occur from 2019 to 2022. The ACGME is using SIDM competency framework in diagnostic reasoning to guide all Milestones 2.0 Work Groups in their development of revised Medical Knowledge and Patient Care competencies.

Additionally, the ACGME provides ongoing faculty development in assessment for graduate medical education programs in the United States and in other countries. The assessment of clinical and diagnostic reasoning is a core workshop in the Chicago-based six-day course. The workshop also covers the new SIDM competencies in diagnostic reasoning and the Assessment of Reasoning Tool. ACGME faculty members have partnered with Dr. Andrew Olson, one of the leaders in the development of the SIDM competency framework, to help teach the clinical reasoning workshop. The ACGME is also pursuing research in how developmental assessment like the Milestones and SIDM competencies can facilitate professional development in clinical and diagnostic reasoning.

Read a news release about the ACGME joining the coalition here.