The ACGME Urges Presidential Nominees to Commit to Accelerating PPE Production
In response to the recent resurgence of COVID-19, the ACGME sent a letter to both presidential nominees, urging them to commit to accelerating the production of PPE to protect frontline health care workers, who include many members of the graduate medical education community.
Coming Soon: CLER COVID-19 Site Visits
For the past several months, the CLER Program has been developing a special site visit to identify and understand areas where the experience with COVID-19 may have a sustained impact on the clinical learning environment. The goal is to inform executive clinical learning environment and graduate medical education (GME) leaders as they examine and adapt their systems to optimize learning and patient care. The visits will also provide the ACGME with timely information on new needs of Sponsoring Institutions and their clinical learning environments resulting from these adaptations. On October 19, 2020 the CLER team will begin field testing the visits in preparation for launch in January 2021. Importantly, the CLER Program will avoid reaching out to any Sponsoring Institution while it has "Emergency Category" status.
A brief overview of this new CLER site visit was presented as part of the ACGME's weekly national DIO calls. A webinar with more detail is being planned for late November/early December 2020. Continue to read ACGME communications for details.
For information on scheduling notices and blackout weeks, email CLER@acgme.org.
Access the ACGME's COVID-19 Section
Visit the COVID-19 section of the ACGME website for access to a range of materials, including ACGME Guidance Statements, Frequently Asked Questions, Letters to the Specialty Communities, institutional and well-being resources, and more.
Conference Registration is Open!
Join the ACGME for the 2021 Annual Educational Conference taking place virtually February 24-26, 2021. The conference theme, Meaning in Medicine: Mastering the Moment, highlights how the graduate medical education (GME) community is rising to meet the challenge of a truly unprecedented time for the health of the world. At the ACGME’s biggest learning and networking event, attendees will spend three days uniting with new and old colleagues, discovering and exchanging ideas, and discussing academic medicine’s biggest challenges and greatest achievements.
Engage with more than 250 speakers presenting more than 100 thought-provoking sessions, including half-day pre-conferences. Topics include: ACGME accreditation and initiatives; well-being; innovations in the clinical learning environment; diversity, equity, and inclusion; faculty and professional development; COVID-19; crisis management; and many others.
View the full conference schedule and learn more about #ACGME2021!
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.
Reserve a Booth or Sponsorship
Apply by January 22, 2021
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NEW! ABMS Faculty Certification Data and Faculty Roster Update
The ACGME will now obtain faculty certification data for all physicians from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and, if available, will display the data in each faculty member’s profile on the Faculty Roster in the Accreditation Data System (ADS). The ABMS-provided data are read-only and cannot be edited by the program or the ACGME. The ACGME is working with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to obtain the faculty certification data for their certifying Boards.
Programs should continue to manually enter ABMS faculty certification data into ADS, and use ABMS-provided data to confirm or update manual entries. In ADS, physician faculty members will be matched to the ABMS dataset based on NPI number as well as name, date of birth, and medical school graduation year. ABMS certification information will be updated in ADS once a month. The date of the most recent file obtained from the ABMS will be displayed in ADS. Faculty members newly added to ADS will have certification information populated within 24 hours if they are certified by an ABMS board. The ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the amount of certification information entered manually. At this time, ABMS-provided certification information will not be included in the materials used for accreditation site visits.
Send general questions to ADS@acgme.org; for specialty-specific questions contact the staff of the relevant Review Committee, contact information for whom can be found on the specialty’s section of the ACGME website.
NEW! Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative Report Now Available
The ACGME and its Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program is pleased to announce the release of a summary report of the Pursuing Excellence Pathway Leaders Patient Safety Collaborative. The report describes how teams from nine Sponsoring Institutions worked with the leaders of their clinical learning environments to improve resident and fellow engagement in addressing patient safety. The report highlights key concepts and lessons learned.
2021 ACGME Award Recipients
The ACGME is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 ACGME Awards. The awardees will be formally recognized during the 2021 Annual Educational Conference. Congratulations to all of these outstanding honorees!
John C. Gienapp Award ,/span>(awarded to a notable individual for exemplary contributions to GME)
Henry J. Schultz, MD, MACP; Mayo Clinic; Rochester, Minnesota
Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award (awarded to designated institutional officials)
Deborah M. DeMarco, MD, FACP; University of Massachusetts Medical School; Worcester, Massachusetts; Rheumatology
Meghan Walsh, MD, MPH; Hennepin Health System; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Internal Medicine
Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award (awarded to program directors)
David K. Barnes, MD, FACEP; University of California Davis Health; Sacramento, California; Emergency Medicine
Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; Dermatopathology
Steven R. Brown, MD, FAAFP; University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Family Medicine Residency; Phoenix, Arizona; Family Medicine
Julie B. McCausland, MD, MS, FACEP; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Transitional Year
John F. McConville, MD; The University of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois; Internal Medicine
Ann C. Schwartz, MD; Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, Georgia; Psychiatry
Daniel I. Steinberg; MD, SFHM, FACP; Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; New York, New York; Internal Medicine
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet, MD; University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine; Tampa, Florida; Rheumatology
David A. Wininger, MD, FACP; The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Columbus; Ohio; Internal Medicine
Stacey Quintero Wolfe, MD, FAANS; Wake Forest Baptist Health; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Neurological Surgery
David C. Leach Award (awarded to residents, fellows, or resident/fellow teams)
Heather K. Buxton, MSEd, MD; Oregon Health & Science University; Portland, Oregon; Psychiatry
Thomas R. Greenwood, DO; Central Washington Family Medicine Residency; Yakima, Washington; Family Medicine
Team Members: Shpetim Gina; Joshua Johnson, DO
Guenola Hunt, MD, LT MC USN; National Capital Consortium; Bethesda, Maryland; Internal Medicine
Team Members: Melanie Wiseman, MD; Jeffery Gray, MD; Paul Happel, MD; Kimberly Fabyan, MD; Brian Neubauer, MD; Erika Walker, MD; Adam Barelski, MD; Andrew Wieher, RN-BSN; Alainna Crotty, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, NE-BC
Amanda Lezanski-Gujda, DO; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Bethesda, Maryland; Dermatology
Matthew Robert Martin, MD; Saint Joseph Hospital Family Medicine Residency; Denver, Colorado; Family Medicine
Bryce Edward Montané, MD; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; Internal Medicine
Team Members: Omar Gutierrez, MD; David Savage, MD, PhD; Joseph Sleiman, MD
GME Institutional Coordinator Excellence Award
Lowell Virginia (Jennie) Craft, MPPM, C-TAGME; University of Alabama Hospital – Birmingham; Birmingham, Alabama
Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award
Sharon M. Ashley; Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, Georgia; Emergency Medicine
Adam Finney; University of Colorado School of Medicine; Aurora, Colorado; Child Neurology
Dawn M. Fountain; University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita; Wichita, Kansas; Surgery
Jodi Leonard, C-TAGME; Oregon Health & Science University; Portland, Oregon; Pediatrics
Debra K. Stevens; The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center; Greenville, North Carolina; Internal Medicine
Jennifer L. Wilson, BA, C-TAGME; University of Vermont Medical Center; Milton, Vermont; Family Medicine
Coordinator Timelines Available
The ACGME's Coordinator Advisory Group developed three timelines that summarize the types of tasks, events, and deadlines coordinators manage in a typical academic year. The timelines are designed to help new and veteran coordinators organize and prioritize their daily, weekly, and monthly projects.
The three customizable versions (for residency, fellowship, and institutional coordinators) can be found on the Additional Resources page under the Program Directors and Coordinators tab on the ACGME website.
The Advisory Group thanks the many coordinators who have contributed decades of collective knowledge and experience that aided in the creation of these materials.
Email feedback, suggestions, or questions about the timelines to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milestones 2.0 Volunteers Needed - One Week Left!
The ACGME is assembling Work Groups to review the current Milestones and determine what, if any, changes need to be made, by specialty. Members of the GME community are invited to serve on these Work Groups.
Nominees must be proficient in one or more of the Competencies and be familiar with the Milestones and need not be physicians. Work Group members will be selected based on multiple criteria, including level of expertise, specialty and regional diversity, and need.
Milestones Mid-Year Reporting Open Until January 14
The reporting window will be open until Thursday, January 14, 2021. Milestones assessments can be submitted via the ACGME's Accreditation Data System (ADS) at any point during this time. A list of specialties that have transitioned to Milestones 2.0 can be found on the Milestones page.
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
Clinical Biochemical Genetics
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Interventional Radiology – Independent
Interventional Radiology – Integrated
Laboratory Genetics and Genomics
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Radiology – Diagnostic
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.
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Review Committee News and Notices: Allergy and Immunology
The Review Committee will host an educational webinar for program directors, coordinators, and faculty members on Monday, November 2 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central.
Participants will learn about:
The webinar will be recorded and available in Learn at ACGME within a week of the live presentation.
Review Committee News and Notices: Dermatology
An “Update to Association of Professors of Dermatology 2020” has been added to the Documents and Resources page in the Dermatology section of the ACGME website.
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Review Committee News and Notices: Radiology - Required Procedure Counts in Interventional Radiology Update
Currently in interventional radiology, one procedure per patient encounter is allowed to count toward the 1,000 required procedures in interventional radiology (PR IV.B.1.b).(2).(f).(i)). At its recent meeting, the Review Committee determined there are scenarios when exceptions to this interpretation are acceptable, and it will adopt the following modification:
NEW! Review Committee News and Notices: Orthopaedic Surgery
The Case Log System has been updated to reflect new required minimums in hand surgery for a set of 18 defined case categories, which are now in effect. Expectations for recording CPT codes for each case were also revised.
These changes are described in the Hand Surgery Case Log Coding Guidelines document available on the Documents and Resources page in the Orthopaedic Surgery section of the ACGME website. Included in this document is a list of the defined case categories, the required minimum numbers and CPT codes included in each category.
Email questions to Executive Director Pamela Derstine, PhD, MHPE.
Review Committee News and Notices: Radiology - New Case Log Model Coming Soon
A new Case Log model for diagnostic and interventional radiology is being developed. The new format will allow for better tracking of cases, as well as opportunities to track procedures and CPT codes not currently required. The release is planned for early January 2021.
More information and tutorials will be coming soon.
Review Committee News and Notices: Radiology - ESIR Application Guidelines Updated
Updates for early specialization in interventional radiology (ESIR) require a more specific description of the ESIR resident selection process. The guidelines can be found on the Documents and Resources page of the Radiology section of the ACGME website.
Review Committee News and Notices: Urology
There are several updates to the Case Log System for urology residents.
ACGME Case Log information now reflects the new urology minimums for the index categories. These new minimums will be used beginning with the 2021 graduates. A document with these updates is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Urology section of the ACGME website.
Additionally, residents should now record the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) fusion as part of a prostate biopsy. When MRI fusion is used, residents should choose the version of CPT code 55700 that indicates “TRUS/prostate biopsy with fusion.” Fusion biopsy numbers will be tracked, but there is not a set minimum.
Soon, robotic cases will be recorded by checking a "Robotic" checkbox on the individual CPT code rather than the case entry page, which will give residents credit towards the robotic index category minimum. This change will improve the accuracy of the resident robotic experience documented in the Case Log System. The “Logging Robotic Procedures” section has been updated to reflect this change.
Email questions to Executive Director Kathleen Quinn-Leering.
The ACGME currently has the following open positions:
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