As the pandemic has stretched to two years, interruptions and disruptions to the learning environment have affected the medical community from undergraduate medical education all the way through to practice. In an effort to combat these potential gaps in education, the ACGME has released three toolkits to aid programs and learners as they progress through the medical education continuum. In collaboration with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the ACGME has published two new toolkits supporting the transition from residency to fellowship and from residency and fellowship to practice. The 2021 toolkit issuing guidance for undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education has also been updated.
To protect patients as well as the learners, it is imperative their level of expertise be assessed and addressed accordingly, identifying where physicians may need more oversight, assistance, coaching, or mentorship, depending on the level to which their clinical setting was disrupted over the last two years. The goal is not to address gaps in knowledge to point out deficiencies, but to provide the full breadth of knowledge they were due as part of their education and training. It is also likely, due to the pandemic, trainees acquired unforeseen new areas of strength. The toolkits will help identify and foster those strengths
The toolkits are not requirements and are meant to help guide programs and learners. They include review questions, recommended activities, and resources and cover topics such as well-being, assessment, future planning and much more.
View the toolkits on the Transitions in Medical Education page on the ACGME website.