ACGME e-Communication - October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020

NEW! Statement on the Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping
ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP issued a statement condemning the Presidential Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.

Read the Statement in the ACGME Newsroom

Guidance Statement on Resident and Fellow Assessment Available
Due to the disruption in the educational components of some graduate medical education (GME) programs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, competency-based medical education (CBME) is even more crucial in assessing the clinical competence of residents and fellows. The ACGME partnered with the certifying Boards to develop recommendations grounded in core CBME principles for programs, program directors, and Clinical Competency Committees to follow while facing COVID-19.

Read the Full Guidance Statement with Recommendations

FAQs related to this new guidance have been updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page in the COVID-19 section of the ACGME website.

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Call for Abstracts Deadline Thursday!

Learn More and Submit an Abstract
Proposals due this Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:59 p.m. Central

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Exhibitor, Sponsor, and Job Recruiter Registration Open
Apply today for virtual booth space in the Exhibit Hall, or for one of several exciting sponsorship opportunities at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference February 24-26, 2021. The ACGME is also offering a space for institutions to post open positions in the Career Center. Recruiters can post up to 10 job postings, which will be uploaded into a searchable database that attendees can access up to three months after the conference.

Learn More about Exhibits and Sponsorships

Reserve a Booth or Sponsorship

Apply by January 22, 2021

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NEW! ACGME Approves Board of Director Officers
At its September 2020 annual Board meeting, the ACGME Board of Directors approved the following slate of officers.

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS is the new Chair of the ACGME Board. In this role, she oversees the implementation of the organization's strategic plan and all committees that have activities in accreditation or education and training; is an ex-officio member of each ACGME committee and council; and chairs the three major Board meetings each year. She will serve a two-year term.

Claudia J. Wyatt-Johnson, MA is the new Vice Chair. In this role, she will assume the Chair’s duties if the Chair is absent or unable to perform those duties. She will serve a one-year term.

H. Hunt Batjer, MD, FACS is the new Treasurer of the ACGME Board. In this role, he chairs the Finance Committee. He will serve a one-year term.

Read more about the newly elected officers in the ACGME Newsroom.

NEW! ACGME Data Resource Book
The ACGME released its 2019-2020 Data Resource Book, the most comprehensive and reliable resource of its kind, including data on the size, scope, and distribution of graduate medical education in the US.

This book covers the time period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The data tables and figures provided include: Program Accreditation, Program Characteristics, Resident Characteristics, Graduating Residents and Residents Leaving Prior to Completion, Sponsoring Institutions, Participating Sites, Program Directors and Faculty, and Program Activities.

Access the Data Resource Book

Read the News Release

NEW! 2019-2020 ACGME Annual Report
In a year of unexpected challenges, the ACGME and graduate medical education rose to the occasion, implementing innovative solutions and achieving success. These efforts have positioned the ACGME to lead the profession and prepare exceptional physicians to care for the American public now and into the future.

Read the Annual Report

NEW! Multi-Year Survey Reports
Additional ACGME Resident/Fellow and Faculty Survey reports have been posted in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) for programs that participated in the 2019-2020 surveys but had too few respondents scheduled to participate. The Multi-Year Reports summarize data across several reporting years and are available only to those programs with a qualifying number of participants over the last four years that consistently met the required response rate.

This year, 2,758 programs will receive the Resident/Fellow Multi-Year Report, and 285 programs will receive the Faculty Multi-Year Report.

To access these reports, log into ADS and click the Surveys tab. Choose View Reports in the Survey Reference menu on the right, and then select the desired academic year and program. If the program qualifies for a Multi-Year Report, a listing for "Aggregated by Program (Multi-Year)" will be visible.

NEW! Milestones Assessment Resources Available
The ACGME has created two new evidence-based tools to help the graduate medical education (GME) community assess resident and fellow clinical performance in a variety of clinical settings.

Direct Observation of Clinical Care (DOCC) App
The DOCC app is a tool for faculty members and other evaluators to do on-the-spot or scheduled direct observation assessments of residents and fellows performing five clinical activities in which they are expected to achieve competence: performing a history and physical exam; effective clinical reasoning; informed decision making; breaking bad news; and safe hand-offs. The DOCC app is designed as an open-access tool that Sponsoring Institutions and programs can implement locally through integration with a program’s database, as well as download from the App Store for iPhone and GooglePlay for Android.

Teamwork Effectiveness Assessment Module (TEAM)
TEAM is a vehicle for collecting multisource feedback on residents' and fellows' professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, and competence in interprofessional teamwork and aspects of systems-based practice. Originally developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the ACGME has adapted its use for individual residents/fellows to gather and interpret feedback from the interprofessional patient care teams with which they work.

Data entered into TEAM is kept secure and confidential, and is accessible only to individual residents, fellows, faculty members, and program users. None of the information entered is used for accreditation purposes.

Learn more about these resources and access them here. Additional resources for the Milestones, including a series of recently updated guidebooks, are available here.

Participate in Milestones 2.0 Focus Group for Quality Assurance
The ACGME has established a quality assurance program as a part of the Milestones 2.0 implementation process and is looking for 20 volunteers in each of the following specialties and subspecialties to participate in this process:

Allergy and Immunology
Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Biochemical Genetics
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Family Medicine
Interventional Radiology – Independent
Interventional Radiology – Integrated
Laboratory Genetics and Genomics
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Radiology – Diagnostic
Sleep Medicine

Volunteers should be actively involved in program leadership or a member of the Clinical Competency Committee. Over the next few years, the ACGME will collect feedback about the new Milestones through a combination of focus groups and surveys. Focus groups will be held at annual program director meetings, and surveys will be completed electronically or by phone. Surveys will be brief and should take less than five minutes to complete.

Fill Out the Volunteer Form

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JGME Annual Call for New Ideas
JGME’s annual call for New Ideas is seeking novel GME interventions or assessments that have been implemented at least once and appear successful in preliminary evaluations. These interventions can be an innovation in curricula, teaching, assessment, quality and safety, program evaluation, supervision, faculty development, or other topics relevant to GME.

Selected papers will be published in the June 2021 issue of JGME.

This is an opportunity to turn everyday work into a publication in a quick, simple process—all that is needed is a brief abstract (see below for details). Examples include a new process of assessing key resident competencies, new curricula to meet an important deficiency, or an innovative response to the COVID-19 pandemic that appears successful.

New Ideas Criteria:

  • New Ideas must describe an intervention that is novel—not just locally but to GME broadly.
  • The intervention must have been implemented at least once; longer implementation is preferable. While outcomes data may be preliminary, feasibility (effort, costs) and acceptability (to subjects) must be discussed.
  • Preliminary evidence should suggest the intervention is successful.
    The intervention potentially could be replicated in other specialties.

New Ideas manuscripts:

  • Must be no more than 600 words, including one reference.
  • Must be organized into three parts: Setting and Problem; Intervention (the “New Idea”); and Outcomes to Date.
  • May include one figure or table.
  • May include one reference but should not include a literature review.
  • Must be submitted via the online editorial management system by Monday, November 2, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Central.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated by Friday, January 29, 2021. NOTE: Due to the brevity of these submissions, manuscripts that are not accepted will not receive editor comments. Manuscripts not following the required submission format and/or submission deadline will not be considered.

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REMINDER! Update Contacts in ADS
Review information in ADS to ensure the appropriate individuals in your institution and/or program receive these e-Communication messages. This includes removing contact information for those no longer working in the institution/program (e.g., those who have retired).

Verify that email addresses for the designated institutional official, institutional coordinator, program director, and program coordinator(s) are current in ADS.

Add and to your address book or safe sender list so important notifications, including Annual Update or Resident and Faculty Survey announcements, as well as these e-Communication messages are not marked as spam or junk by Internet service providers (ISPs). Messages may need to be opened and marked as "not spam."

Contact the local (e.g., institution's) ISP or spam filter application support for assistance.

Program Requirements for Review and Comment - Deadline Friday!
The following Program Requirements and accompanying Impact Statements are posted for review and comment, here.

Comment Deadline: October 9, 2020

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Career Opportunities
The ACGME currently has the following open positions:

Executive Director, Surgical Accreditation
Medical Writer, Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program

Click on the position linked above for details and to complete an application.