August 10, 2020

ACGME e-Communication - August 10, 2020

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SAVE THE DATE! 2021 Annual Educational Conference Dates Announced!
At an extraordinary time in the history of health care and GME, the ACGME Annual Educational Conference will be held virtually for the first time on February 24-26, 2021. At the ACGME's biggest learning and networking event, attendees will spend three days uniting with new and old colleagues, discovering and exchanging innovative ideas, and discussing academic medicine's biggest challenges and greatest achievements.


PPE Resources in Learn at ACGME
The ACGME created a section in Learn at ACGME dedicated to PPE resources to assist Sponsoring Institutions, programs, and their participating sites. The section includes the ACGME's April 5, 2020 statement on PPE, the ACGME requirements surrounding resident/fellow physical safety, links to selected governmental and organizational resources, and an annotated list of articles about PPE and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access those resources here.

The ACGME is not endorsing the use of any specific resources.


Frequently Asked Questions Updated
The ACGME updated the Frequently Asked Questions in the COVID-19 web section, including changes to reflect the turnover to the new academic year.

Access those questions here.

Changes in the Annual Update were highlighted during webinars for coordinators and program directors held in early June. The webinars can be viewed in the ACGME's online learning portal, Learn at ACGME. Read the Annual Update FAQs in the ADS Help Center.

The ACGME is committed to providing a wealth of content that applies to those in GME who strive to continue their learning and understanding of current and future health care issues. More information will be available in the coming months. Join the ACGME, colleagues, and new friends and contacts from the GME community and explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


NEW! AWARE Well-Being Course Available
Designed for individual physicians, particularly junior residents, the AWARE well-being course provides an array of concepts from cognitive behavior therapy to help identify opportunities to improve well-being. The course helps users identify their personal cognitive habits and directs them toward practices and resources they may find useful for improving resilience and overall well-being.

Access the Course


NEW! JGME Call for Papers on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
JGME seeks submissions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in graduate medical education (GME). These manuscripts, submitted in any JGME category, will be expedited by the editors. Topics can include recruitment, selection, onboarding, curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment, clinical learning environment, and faculty development, etc.

Why this call? Research supports the notion that socially diverse groups have more innovation and healthier cultures than homogenous groups. As the ACGME and the GME community strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, there are many unanswered questions, such as:

  1. How can the community increase the diversity of GME learning environments?
  2. Do GME environments foster inclusiveness, respect, and a culture of safety?
  3. Is there health equity in GME?
  4. What organizational systems are in place to address diversity/equity/inclusion and are members of the organization aware of these systems?
  5. Which interventions are successful in creating more diversity in GME?
  6. How have organizations successfully retained their diverse residents/fellows? Faculty members?

Authors should submit work via the editorial management system: https://www.editorialmanager.com/jgme. Indicate in the cover letter that the submission is in response to the diversity, equity, and inclusion call. Papers on this topic will be reviewed preferentially at any time, and considered for publication in the next 12 months.

Email questions to jgme@acgme.org.


NEW! 2020 Annual Educational Conference Sessions Available
Log into Learn at ACGME to access the following sessions from the DIO Pre-Conferences at the 2020 ACGME Annual Educational Conference

Lessons from the Pathway Leaders of Pursuing Excellence
Presenters from two different Collaboratives discuss insights gained from participating in the Pursuing Excellence initiative and implementing changes at both the program and institutional level.

Developing Strategies for Well-Being in Your Sponsoring Institution
This presentation explores the factors that impact physician well-being, the components of an institutional well-being program, and tips to evaluating a Sponsoring Institution's approach to well-being.

Integrating GME and the Clinical Learning Environment
This presentation reviews the evolution of graduate medical education and the clinical learning environment, how they are currently integrated, and areas where that integration can be improved.


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

Comment Deadline: August 26, 2020
Institutional Requirements
Pediatrics
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Clinical Neurophysiology
Epilepsy
Vascular Neurology

Comment Deadline: September 4, 2020
Internal Medicine


Review Committee News / Notices: Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Review Committee has updated FAQs for obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic oncology, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. They can be found on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website.


Review Committee News / Notices: Ophthalmology
The Review Committee has updated the Ophthalmology FAQs, including new guidance regarding online education and quality metrics. The FAQs can be found on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Ophthalmology section of the ACGME website.


Review Committee News / Notices: Pathology
The Review Committee has provided guidelines for how resident/fellow status in the anatomic pathology/neuropathology track should be reported, and how that affects Case Log reporting for the anatomic pathology/clinical pathology program. Access the document on the Documents and Resources page of the Pathology section of the ACGME website.

Email questions to Associate Executive Director Kristen Kennedy.


Review Committee News / Notices: Urology
The urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery FAQ documents have been updated and can be found on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Urology section of the ACGME website.

Programs are reminded that the Review Committee established new Case Log minimums for the index categories required for resident education in urology. The new minimums are effective with the 2021 graduates. The Case Log System will be updated in September to reflect the changes. See "Urology Case Log: New Minimums Effective 2021 Graduates," available on the Documents and Resources page of the Urology section of the ACGME website.


NEW! ACGME Seeks Two Institutional Review Committee Members
The Institutional Review Committee is seeking two new members whose six-year term will begin July 1, 2021. Members do not have to be physicians. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the committee's current needs, with emphasis on nominees' professional qualifications, geographic distribution, and gender diversity. Nominees will be presented for approval by the ACGME Board of Directors.

Details: Read the full solicitation
Contact: irc@acgme.org
Deadline: September 7, 2020


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.

Institutional
Details: Read the full solicitation
Contact: irc@acgme.org
Deadline: September 7, 2020

Nuclear Medicine
Details: Read the full solicitation
Contact: Jenny Campbell
Deadline: October 1, 2020

Radiology
Details: Read the full solicitation
Contact: Jenny Campbell
Deadline: October 1, 2020


Deadlines This Week! ACGME Seeks Resident Members
The following Review Committees are seeking their next resident member for terms beginning July 1, 2021. A resident member serves on the Review Committee to share the perspective of the resident, foster accountability to the needs of the resident, enrich the work of the committee through outside expertise, and create transparency in the work of the Review Committee. The Review Committee's selected nominee will be presented for approval by the ACGME Board of Directors at its September 2020 meeting. Terms will be from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Dermatology - Deadline Friday!
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited dermatology program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Read the full solicitation.
Contact: Sandra Benitez
Deadline: August 14, 2020

Emergency Medicine
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Read the full solicitation.
Contact: Bianca Andino
Deadline: October 1, 2020

Institutional
Details: Read the full solicitation
Contact: irc@acgme.org
Deadline: September 7, 2020

Radiology
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited radiology program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Read the full solicitation.
Contact: Bianca Andino
Deadline: October 1, 2020

Orthopaedic Surgery
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic surgery program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Read the full solicitation.
Contact: Jennifer Luna
Deadline: August 31, 2020

Surgery - Deadline Friday!
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited surgery program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Applicants must be in the PGY-2, -3, or -4 during the 2021-2022 academic year. Nomination instructions available upon request.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: August 14, 2020

Thoracic Surgery - Deadline Friday!
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled in an ACGME-accredited thoracic surgery program when appointed and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the program. Applicants must be in the PGY-2, -3, or -4 during the 2021-2022 academic year. Nomination instructions available upon request.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: August 14, 2020

Urology - Deadline TODAY!
Details: Nominees must be a resident in an ACGME-accredited urology program, or a fellow in an ACGME-accredited pediatric urology or female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery program. A nominee must be able to serve a two-year term. Read the full solicitation.
Contact: Tina Espina
Deadline: August 10, 2020