June 1, 2020

ACGME e-Communication - June 1, 2020

Access the COVID-19 Web 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.

NEW! Calls for Sessions Open for 2021 Annual Educational Conference and Pre-Conferences
During and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the well-being and safety of the graduate medical education community and the public is the ACGME's top priority. Right now, the ACGME is moving ahead with the 2021 Annual Educational Conference in Nashville as planned. Recognizing that the pandemic may continue to impact in-person events, the ACGME will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. Updated information, including any changes to format or timing, will be posted on the ACGME website, in the weekly e-Communication, and on Twitter and LinkedIn.

The Calls for Sessions for the 2021 Annual Educational Conference is now open! Session proposals are being accepted for both the Educational Conference and the Coordinator Forum Pre-Conference. And new this year is a third Call for Sessions--for the ACGME/AOGME Osteopathic Recognition Pre-Conference!

Learn more and submit a proposal for the Educational Conference and Coordinator Forum by clicking here.

Learn more and submit a proposal for the ACGME/AOGME Osteopathic Recognition Pre-Conference by clicking here.

Proposals Due: Friday, June 26, 2020 11:59 p.m. Central

Questions?
Annual Educational Conference: acgmeconference@acgme.org
Coordinator Forum Pre-Conference: coordinatorforum@acgme.org
ACGME/AOGME Osteopathic Recognition Pre-Coference: SingleGME@acgme.org


NEW! Basics of Accreditation for New Program Coordinators Workshop
Now an Online Experience!

Register Today!

The 2020 Basics of Accreditation for New Program Coordinators will be held virtually for the first time. This two-part workshop will help coordinators with less than two years’ experience take a deep dive into the ACGME accreditation process. Participants will learn from Review Committee and other ACGME staff members, and an experienced program coordinator will discuss the yearly calendar.

Due to the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACGME is offering this workshop for free--this year only--to coordinators with less than two years' experience. Attendance is limited and available and on a first come, first served basis.

Register Today!


Program Requirements and Recognition Requirements for Review and Comment

The following Program Requirements and Recognition Requirements and accompanying Impact Statements are posted for review and comment, here:

Diagnostic Radiology
Interventional Radiology
Neuroradiology
Nuclear Medicine
Comment Deadline: July 1, 2020


Webinars for Program Directors and Coordinators on ADS Changes
Update: Changes to the Accreditation Data System (ADS) and COVID-19 Pandemic Questions

The ACGME will conduct educational webinars to provide an overview of ADS changes and newly added questions to assess the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on programs.

  • Program Coordinators: Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central – Register here
  • Program Directors: Thursday, June 4, 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central – Register here

Participants will learn about upcoming changes to the ADS Annual Update, including questions related to the new Common Program Requirements, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on programs’ clinical and didactic activities and the health of residents, fellows, and faculty members. These are identical presentations and participants should join the webinar appropriate to their role.

The webinars are designed to help program coordinators and program directors understand the rationale behind the ADS changes and the COVID-19 pandemic questions to better prepare for and effectively complete the 2020 Annual Update.

The webinars will be recorded and available in Learn at ACGME within a week of the live presentation.

Additional information about the ADS Annual Update is available in the ADS Help Center.


Remote Accreditation Site Visits
The ACGME is preparing to return to conducting accreditation site visits, but will be doing so via remote technology only at the present time. A small number of accreditation site visits for applications will be conducted remotely in June, with an expansion of remote accreditation site visits planned for the ensuing months. Interviews for these visits will be conducted through online video sessions using Zoom. The ACGME Field Activities staff will contact programs directly to collect blackout dates prior to scheduling a remote accreditation site visit. Once the visit is scheduled, the Accreditation Field Representative(s) who will conduct the remote visit will send a letter of instruction to the programs with more details for the day. Additional information on remote accreditation site visits as well as FAQs will be developed and shared in a future edition of this e-Communication.

Email any questions to fieldrepresentatives@acgme.org.


ACGME Announces Diversity and Inclusion Award for 2021

The ACGME is proud to announce the Diversity and Inclusion Award, a new award to support efforts to achieve diversity and inclusion in graduate medical education (GME).

The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced data showing that underrepresented minorities are the victims of systemic inequality. Eliminating disparities in health care requires a commitment from all-even, and especially, during times of crisis. This annual award will highlight the most innovative and exemplary initiatives that drive diversity in GME.

Read more about the award, including instructions for submitting a nomination

Nominations are due Friday, July 17, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Central.


NEW! Distance Learning News

Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Mini-Course
Developed based on the ACGME’s Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment course, the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Mini-Course is a series of two online mini-courses that provides an introduction to assessment and the Milestones.

CME Information
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ACGME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2020 ACGME Annual Educational Conference Sessions Available
Log into Learn at ACGME to access these sessions from the 2020 ACGME Annual Educational Conference:

Institutional Accreditation Update
Institutional Review Committee members and staff offer information about the committee's recent work, including its annual accreditation review of Sponsoring Institutions, its focused revision of ACGME Institutional Requirements, and the Institutional Self-Study.

Special Topics in Institutional Accreditation
Participants learn how to improve Graduate Medical Education Committee oversight of Annual Institutional Reviews and special reviews. Participants explore approaches to substantial compliance with relevant ACGME Institutional Requirements. This session features mock Review Committee reviews to illustrate the institutional accreditation process.


Institutional Review Committee News
Name Changes and Sponsorship Transfers
Requests to change the name of a Sponsoring Institution or residency/fellowship program, or to transfer the sponsorship of a program between Sponsoring Institutions, should be directed to the Institutional Accreditation team at irc@acgme.org.


NEW! ACGME Seeks Public Members
The following Review Committees are seeking their next public member for terms beginning July 1, 2021. A public member serves on the Review Committee to share the perspective of the public, foster accountability to the needs of the public, enrich the work of the Committee through outside expertise, and create transparency in the work of the Review Committee. Nominees must not be physicians. Other health care professionals are permitted, provided they are not employed by an organization with ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship programs. The term of appointment is six years.

Anesthesiology
Contact: Cheryl Gross
Deadline: July 1, 2020

Medical Genetics and Genomics
Details: Read the full solicitation
Contact: Kate Hatlak
Deadline: July 31, 2020

Radiation Oncology
Contact: Cheryl Gross
Deadline: July 1, 2020


ACGME Seeks Resident Members
The following Review Committees are seeking their next resident member for terms beginning July 1, 2021. The Review Committee's selected nominee will be presented for approval by the ACGME Board of Directors at its September 2020 meeting. The new resident member's term will be from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Pathology
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited pathology program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Nomination instructions available upon request.
Contact: Katherine McCue
Deadline: July 31, 2020

Preventive Medicine
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited preventive medicine program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Nomination instructions available upon request.
Contact: Katherine McCue
Deadline: July 31, 2020