The Coalition for Physician Accountability released updated recommendations on away rotations for the 2021-2022 academic year as the pandemic persists. The new January 25 recommendations supplement those released in May 2020. The ACGME is a member of the Coalition for Physician Accountability, which is comprised of national medical education organizations.
In addition to the updated recommendations listed below, the Coalition for Physician Accountability wants to make clear through its guiding principles that “[l]earners add value and contribute to patient care in the clinical learning environment; therefore, we advocate that they be given the opportunity to serve in a manner that promotes continuity of their education while safely meeting the needs of patients and the health care delivery system.”
Recommendation 1 (From May 2020): The work group recommends that for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year (ending June 30, 2021), away rotations should be discouraged, except under the following circumstances:
Recommendation 2 (NEW, January 2021): The work group recommends that for the 2021-2022 academic year, away rotations resume no earlier than August 1, 2021, with the following guidance:
The recommendations listed are intended to add to, but not supersede, the independent judgement of a medical school, sponsoring institution, or residency program regarding the immediate needs of its patients and the preparation of its learners. Moving forward, the Coalition for Physician Accountability will closely monitor COVID-19 mutations, PPE shortages, vaccine distribution, clinical environments, equity, and agency.
The Coalition work groups’ other statements, reports, and recommendations are available here.