March 29, 2021

ACGME e-Communication - March 29, 2021

NEW! AACOM, AAMC, ACGME, and ECFMG Release Transition to Residency Toolkit
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Association of American Medical Colleges, the ACGME, and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates | Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research created a toolkit to help learners transition from medical school to residency during the time of COVID-19. The toolkit is designed to aid programs prepare for incoming interns, as well as help students entering residency after a challenging and potentially disrupted final year of medical school.

Created by a work group that included medical students and residents, the toolkit is divided into three main sections, questions to review, a matrix of possible activities, and a comprehensive list of additional resources. The toolkit’s recommendations should not be viewed as requirements.

The toolkit includes key topics and questions program leaders should consider to meet the needs of incoming residents; resources and recommendations for program curricula, assessing and advising residents, and guidance to eliminate bias and inequity; and an extensive collection of resources from the partnering organizations on a variety of related and relevant topics. Access the toolkit from the Transition to Residency web page on the ACGME website. Email questions and comments to umegmetoolkit@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, institutional and well-being resources, and more.


Register for On-Demand Conference Content
Register now to watch Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD deliver the Closing Plenary from the 2021 ACGME Annual Educational Conference.

In her talk, "Action as Antidote: Resisting the Seductive Somnolence of Racism Denial," Jones focused on four key messages: 1) Racism exists; 2) Racism is a system; 3) Racism saps the strength of the whole society; and, 4) We can act to dismantle racism. Jones is a senior fellow and adjunct associate professor at Morehouse School of Medicine.

On-demand content from the conference is still available in the virtual conference platform through June 1, 2021. For those who were unable to attend the live event, registration is still available

Those who attended with standard registration can upgrade for extended access: email registration@acgme.org.


Save the Date!
2022 Annual Educational Conference
February 24-27, 2022
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida
Registration for the 2022 Annual Educational Conference will open late fall.


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

Comment Deadline: March 31, 2021 - Deadline Wednesday!
Common Program Requirements (Residency)
Common Program Requirements (Fellowship)
Common Program Requirements (One-Year Fellowship)
Common Program Requirements (Post-Doctoral Education Program)

Comment Deadline: April 7, 2021

Pediatric Hospital Medicine


NEW! Award Renamed to Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
The ACGME is proud to announce its Diversity and Inclusion Award will now be known as the Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award in honor of Dr. Ross-Lee’s illustrious career, contributions to graduate medical education (GME), and expertise in health policy.

In 1993, Dr. Ross-Lee became the first African American female dean of a United States medical school when she accepted the position at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is currently the President Elect of the American Osteopathic Foundation. Read more about Dr. Ross-Lee.

The award recognizes ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions, programs, or specialty organizations working to diversify the underrepresented physician workforce and create inclusive workplaces that foster humane, civil, and equitable environments.

Apply for the 2022 Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.


Updated Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training (VGMET) Form Now Available
The ACGME, National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS), American Hospital Association (AHA), Organization of Program Director Associations (OPDA), and others created the VGMET form to standardize the training verification process and alleviate the burdens placed on hospitals, medical services professionals, and program directors. The form has recently been updated and the current version is now available. A valuable resource designed to streamline and standardize the residency verification process and meet hospital credentialing needs, the template letter and form provide the necessary information to meet credentialing needs while reducing the need for programs to complete multiple requests for information.

Access the form.


2022 ACGME Awards Nominations Open - Deadline Extended to April 28!
Now accepting nominations for the 2022 ACGME Awards!

The ACGME recognizes notable designated institutional officials, program directors, residents and fellows, and institutional and program coordinators for their outstanding work and contributions to graduate medical education through its Awards Program.

Nomination materials are available in the Awards section of the ACGME website.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Central.


NEW! Revised Milestones Available
An updated version of Milestones is now available for Pediatrics.

Programs will officially start using the new milestones in July 2021, with the first reporting in January 2022. A Supplemental Guide has also be created as a companion tool for most specialties and is available in both a Word and PDF format on the Pediatrics Milestones page. The Supplemental Guide includes a mapping of Milestones 1.0 to 2.0.

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Review and Comment on Milestones 2.0
New drafts of the Milestones listed below are available for review and comment. The Milestones reporting data, along with other survey results and comments, informed the changes. The Work Groups also created Supplemental Guides to enhance understanding of the Milestones.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - Deadline Wednesday!
Orthopaedic Surgery

Deadline: Sunday, April 4, 2021- Deadline Sunday!
Neuroradiology
Nuclear Radiology

Deadline: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Deadline: Sunday, April 11, 2021
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


ACGME Seeks Resident Members
The following Review Committees are seeking their next resident members for terms beginning July 1, 2022. 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 ACGME Board of Directors approval. The term is from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024.

ANESTHESIOLOGY
Details: The resident member must have a minimum of one year of residency education remaining after July 1, 2023. Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: July 1, 2021

RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Details: The resident member must have a minimum of one year of residency education remaining after July 1, 2023. Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: July 1, 2021

TRANSITIONAL YEAR
Details: The resident member must have a minimum of one year of residency education remaining after July 1, 2023. Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: July 1, 2021


NEW! ACGME Seeks Public Members
The following Review Committees are seeking their next public member for terms beginning July 1, 2022. 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
Details: Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: July 1, 2021

NEW! EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Details: Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Bianca Andino
Deadline: August 2, 2021

TRANSITIONAL YEAR
Details: Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: July 1, 2021


Transitional Year Review Committee Seeks New Member
The Committee seeks anew member for a position that will become available July 1, 2022. The candidate should be currently certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine or the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. The new committee member's term will begin July 1, 2022 and end June 30, 2028.

Additional information, along with the nomination form, is available upon request from Senior Accreditation Administrator Aimee Morales.

Nominations due July 1, 2021.


UPDATED! Meeting and Agenda Closing Dates Posted
Meeting dates are listed on the overview page for each specialty's section on the ACGME website. Most specialties have already updated their information.

Meeting dates and associated agenda closing dates for Osteopathic Recognition are posted on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website.

This process will continue through July 1, 2021.


Review and Recognition Committee News / Notices: Emergency Medicine
For all emergency medical services programs, the grace period for faculty emergency medical services board certification has ended. The Review Committee previously allowed several alternate criteria to satisfy the faculty qualifications requirements for the program director and other required faculty. Since the five-year transition period has passed,the Review Committee expects all required faculty members to hold emergency medical services board certification.

The Emergency Medical Services FAQs on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page in the Emergency Medicine section of the ACGME website provide additional details.

The Review Committee will perform an assessment of all emergency medical services programs this summer to determine individual program compliance with the faculty certification requirements.


Review and Recognition Committee News / Notices: Family Medicine Call for Comments
Every 10 years, Review Committees are required to review their specialty Program Requirements to determine necessary revisions. The ACGME Board of Directors has approved a new process for all such major revisions going forward.

This new process, scenario-based strategic planning, involved the Review Committee for Family Medicine, along with members of the family medicine community, leaders from other specialties (surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology), as well as advanced practice providers, public safety experts, and government agencies (Health Resources and Services Administration), rigorously and creatively thinking about what the specialty of family medicine will look like in the future (recognizing that the future is marked with significant uncertainty). From this process, the Review Committee will propose revisions to the requirements that will prepare the learners for current practice and generations to come.

The Review Committee requests feedback. Review The Summary Themes and Insights document located in the Family Medicine section of the ACGME website, and reply as instructed.


NEW! Osteopathic Recognition-Specific Question Document Updated
The Osteopathic Recognition-Specific Question Document has been updated and is available on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website. Programs that submit an application for Osteopathic Recognition on or after July 1, 2021 will be required to complete and submit the updated version of the document. Programs that submit an application prior to July 1, 2021 may choose to use the updated version or the version from August of 2018.


Career Opportunities
The ACGME currently has the following open position:

ACGME International President and Chief Executive Officer 
Medical Writer 
Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator/Project Manager 
Senior Project Manager

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