August 17, 2020

ACGME e-Communication - August 17, 2020

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.


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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.


NEW! Connecting with Coordinators –
An ACGME Interactive Update

 

Program coordinators are invited to join a one-hour Zoom meeting specifically for coordinators and led by ACGME Chief Accreditation Officer Dr. Lynne Kirk. The call will include brief updates on accreditation and the Coordinator Advisory Group. Participants will be able to connect with peers in breakout rooms to discuss best practices around current issues. Calls are limited to 500 participants and registration is free. Register today by clicking the link below related to the relevant professional area; registration for more than one call is acceptable if applicable. Two identical meetings are scheduled for the medical specialties due to the volume of programs in these specialties.

Medical Specialties: Thursday, August 27, 2020, 11:00 a.m. Central
Medical Specialties: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Central
Surgical Specialties: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12:00 p.m. Central
Hospital-based Specialties: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 1:00 p.m. Central

Email questions to: coordinatorworkshops@acgme.org


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 2020 ACGME Annual Educational Conference:

Program Coordinator Professional Development - Collaborate, Develop, Succeed
Learn about tools and offerings Cleveland Clinic uses and how its inter-professional GME Program Advisory Council collaborates on developing and disseminating professional development actions.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Coordinators
Learn about the foundational ideas of Stephen Covey's popular The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and how to apply the concept of a paradigm shift to facilitate change in GME.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and Well-Being - Unique Issues and Challenges
This presentation shares findings from a well-being survey administered by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in late 2019, outlines key assimilation challenges for non-US citizen IMGs, and includes a discussion of resources needed to improve IMG well-being.

Stimulating a Culture of Well-Being in the Clinical Learning Environment
Leaders from two participating institutions of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers-sponsored National Initiatives describe a learning framework and how they engaged teams to address well-being and burnout.


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 - Two Weeks Left!
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.

Programs are encouraged to review the revised Faculty Instructions under the Faculty > Roster tab in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) prior to updating the Faculty Roster during the ADS Annual Update.


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.

Programs are encouraged to review the revised Faculty Instructions under the Faculty > Roster tab in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) prior to updating the Faculty Roster during the ADS Annual Update.


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 encouraged to review the revised Faculty Instructions under the Faculty > Roster tab in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) prior to updating the Faculty Roster during the ADS Annual Update.

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.


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


Deadline Extended! 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.

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

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

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

Thoracic Surgery - Deadline Extended!
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