April 18, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - April 18, 2022

NEW! Transitions in Medical Education Toolkits

The ACGME, in collaboration with several other medical education organizations, has released three toolkits to aid programs and learners as they progress through the medical education continuum from medical school to practice. The toolkits are not requirements and are meant to help guide programs and learners as they deal with disrupted years of education due to the pandemic.

View the toolkits on the Transitions in Medical Education page on the ACGME website.


NEW! Thank You ACGME Volunteers

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, ACGME President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP has written a letter to the community expressing his gratitude to the 700+ ACGME volunteers who have given their time, energy, and expertise to improving graduate medical education, and who continued that work despite numerous challenges during the two-year pandemic.

The ACGME offices are reopening this spring and the ACGME looks forward to welcoming volunteers and employees back into the building to convene in person after a long hiatus.

Read the Letter to the Community


NEW! Upcoming Webinar: ACGME Rural Track Program Designation: Type 2

The ACGME will soon offer an additional Rural Track Program designation to coincide with an update to rural tracks in federal law and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy. This new designation will be available in May 2022 for already-accredited programs seeking to add a new rural track. More information about this new designation option will be available in the coming weeks on the Rural Tracks web page of the ACGME website.

An informational webinar about the ACGME Rural Track Program Designation: Type 2 will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Central, including a Q and A.

Register Now


NEW! Revised Milestones Available

Updated versions of more than 20 Milestones are now available. Programs will officially start using the new Milestones in July 2022, with the first reporting in January 2023. A list of the revised Milestones can be found on the Milestones page of the ACGME website. 
 
Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Milestones Year-End Reporting

The Milestones reporting window opens today and closes Friday, June 24, 2022. Milestones assessments can be submitted via the Accreditation Data System during this period. Email technical assistance questions to ADS@acgme.org. Email content questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Submit CLER Blackout Weeks by April 26 - Deadline Next Week!

The window for submitting CLER visit blackout weeks is now open through April 26, 2022 for blocking off dates in the period highlighted below. Sponsoring Institutions can submit up to four blackout weeks during this period.

Upcoming Windows for Entering Blackout Weeks

  • April 1-26: Submit requests for July-September 2022
  • July 1-26: Submit requests for October-December 2022
  • October 1-26: Submit requests for January-March 2023
  • January 1-26: Submit requests for April-June 2023

To enter blackout dates in ADS, click here. Review more information and common questions/answers regarding CLER blackout weeks here.

Email questions to CLER@acgme.org.


ACGME Seeks Members for MUA/P Advisory Group

The ACGME is forming an Advisory Group that will provide consultation concerning implementation of the ACGME’s framework for medically underserved areas/populations (MUA/P) and GME. Nominations are open now until June 1, 2022 for individuals representing diverse perspectives with expertise in GME, MUA/P, and/or health care policy/governance. Members (designated institutional officials, program directors, and senior clinical executive leaders) and public members will serve up to three-year initial terms with the option of renewing for an additional three-year term. Resident/fellow members will serve two-year terms. Self-nominations are accepted.

Details: Additional information is available on the MUA/P Advisory Group web page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Laney McDougal
Deadline: June 1, 2022


Office Hours with the Institutional Review Committee Executive Director -Session Added!

Institutional Accreditation staff members recognize that designated institutional officials (DIOs) and institutional coordinators are currently preparing for changes related to institutional accreditation and recognition. Institutional Review Committee Executive Director Paul Foster Johnson will host office hours to provide an informal opportunity for members of the GME community to get answers to questions on the following topics:

  • Recognition of Sponsoring Institutions with Non-Standard Training Programs for Physicians with J-1 Visas
    April 22: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 967 0389 1282 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 033428

  • Institutional Requirements Concerning Medical, Parental, and Caregiver Leaves of Absence
    May 10: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central 
    Zoom meeting ID: 938 0158 8522  (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 822717

  • Sponsoring Institution-Based Fellowship: Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management
    May 13: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 915 7558 7907 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 620957

No advance registration or RSVP is required. Email questions to irc@acgme.org.


Clinician Educator Milestones Feedback Survey

The Clinician Educator Milestones are a joint effort of the ACGME, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. This series of subcompetencies is designed to aid in the development and improvement of teaching and learning skills across the continuum of medical education.

The Clinician Educator Milestones are currently in a pilot phase. The Clinician Educator Milestones are not an ACGME accreditation requirement and are not intended to become one in the future.

Respond to this survey with feedback by April 30, 2022.

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Revised Milestones Available

Updated versions of more than 20 Milestones are now available. Programs will officially start using these new Milestones in July 2022, with the first reporting in January 2023. A list of the revised Milestones can be found on the Milestones page.

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Journal of Graduate Medical Education's Hot Topics in Med Ed Podcast New Episode Available

Publishing in the "On Teaching" Category: Powerful Creative Writing

Creative writing in the On Teaching category is an important feature in JGME. It allows people in the GME community to tell their stories and connect. In this episode, three members of the Editorial Board, Drs. Gail Sullivan, Lainie Yarris, and Rachel Gottlieb-Smith, share advice for compelling writing, getting published, and On Teaching papers that have stuck with them over the years.

Read the accompanying article: Publishing in the "On Teaching" Category: Powerful Creative Writing


Register Now for Spring 2022 Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Course

Registration for the spring 2022 ACGME faculty development course is open! Led by ACGME senior staff members and selected expert instructors from around the country, Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment helps participants build effective assessment programs for their residency or fellowship programs. Offered virtually, sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including virtual simulations, to provide participants with approaches and tools for effective assessment.

The six-day intensive, virtual course will be held May 15-20, 2022, from 1:00-5:30 p.m. Central each day. For details and to register, visit the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment page on the ACGME website.


ACGME Seeks Public Member

The following Review Committee is seeking its next public member for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2023. these members share the perspective of the public, foster public accountability, enrich the work of the Committee through outside expertise, and create transparency. While nominees cannot be physicians, other health care professionals are permitted if they are not employed by an organization with ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship programs.

Thoracic Surgery
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Thoracic Surgery specialty page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: June 30, 2022


ACGME Seeks Resident Members

The following Review Committees seeks nomination for their next resident member positions. Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of that residency or fellowship. After review and consideration of all nominees, the Review Committee will forward its selection to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval. Terms begin July 1, 2023 and end June 30, 2025.

Thoracic Surgery
Details: Applicants must be a current PGY-2-5 during the 2023-2024 academic year. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Thoracic Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: June 15, 2022


Dermatopathology Program Requirements: 10-Year Major Revision

As part of the 10-year major revision process to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Dermatopathology , the ACGME is soliciting feedback from the community.

The process starts with general feedback on the current set of Requirements, which can be accessed from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website. During this 30-day review process comments must be limited to the subspecialty-specific requirement language (regular text), as the Common Program Requirements (bold text) are not up for revision; any comments relating to the Common Program Requirements will not be considered in the process.

Send comments in a Word document to Dermpathreviews@acgme.org by Friday, May 18, 2022.


Updated Resource: Dedicated Time across Program Requirements

Due to the large number of changes to dedicated time that will become effective July 1, 2022, the Selected Topics Across Program Requirements documents for Coordinator Dedicated Time, Core Faculty Dedicated Time, and Program Leadership Dedicated Time have been updated early to allow Sponsoring Institutions to view the approved and proposed dedicated time requirements for all specialties/subspecialties they sponsor. Note that many specialties/subspecialties are scheduled for review at the ACGME Board of Directors' June 2022 meeting, and those revisions have not yet been approved. These specialties are noted as "Proposed" in the documents and are still subject to change. These documents will be updated immediately following the June ACGME Board meeting with the finalized dedicated time language for all specialties/subspecialties.

The documents can be found on the Institutional Applications and Requirements page of the Designated Institutional Officials section of the website, under the "Selected Topics Across Program Requirements" heading.


Block Diagram Template for Neurological Surgery Available

The Review Committee developed a specialty-specific block diagram template to highlight the necessary components of a program’s curriculum and organization. The new block diagram template is posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Neurological Surgery section of the ACGME website and in the Specialty Instructions link in the ADS "Sites" tab.

Programs are encouraged to use the Neurological Surgery Block Diagram template for the Annual ADS Update, as well as all complement increase and participating site change requests submitted as of April 8, 2022.

Email questions to Accreditation Administrator Citlali Meza, MPA.


Meeting and Agenda Closing Dates Posted

Meeting dates are listed on the overview page of each specialty section on the ACGME website. While many specialties have already updated their information, updates may continue until July 1, 2022. Meeting dates and associated agenda closing dates for the Osteopathic Recognition Committee are posted on the Osteopathic Recognition page.


Career Opportunities

The ACGME is always interested in finding talented, dedicated individuals to join the organization and support its mission 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.

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