May 17, 2021

ACGME e-Communication - May 17, 2021

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.


Two Weeks Left to Access On-Demand Content! REGISTER NOW! 

There’s still time to access the on-demand content from the 2021 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, which includes a variety of thought-provoking educational sessions, information from our poster presenters, and wellness sessions and activities. Register now and gain access through June 1, 2021.

Learn more about the conference and register. Email questions to 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 in late fall 2021.


NEW! ACGME 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: June 30, 2021
Vascular Surgery (Integrated)
Vascular Surgery (Independent)


Register for June Workshops! The Basics of Accreditation Workshops
The May workshops have filled, but there are still spots left for those whose specialties are covered in the June workshops. The Basics of Accreditation for New Program Coordinators workshops will be held virtually in May and June. Participation is available on a first come, first served basis. This two-part, specialty-specific workshop series helps new program coordinators understand ACGME accreditation practices and processes..

For details, visit the Basics of Accreditation page on the ACGME website.


Register Now for Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment
Registration for ACGME faculty development courses is open! Led by ACGME senior staff members and selected expert instructors from around the country, Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment helps participants build effective assessment programs for their residency or fellowship program. Offered virtually, sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including virtual simulations, to provide participants with approaches and tools for effective assessment.

Two virtual, six-day courses are available, beginning October 10 and October 31, 2021. For details and to register, visit the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment page on the ACGME website.


NEW! Self-Study and 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit Update
In support of its mission, the ACGME remains committed to achieving a balance between assurance (regulatory) and improvement (continuous improvement) of educational programs and graduates’ outcomes.

Previously, the review of the program Self-Study was incorporated into the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit process. Due to postponements of Self-Study dates, as well as deferrals of 10-Year Accreditation Site Visits resulting from the ACGME’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is no longer the case. The program Self-Study will not be reviewed during an accreditation site visit and the Self-Study will not correlate with the date of the next accreditation site visit.

For programs that have already completed and submitted their Self-Study, the ACGME is developing a process for reviewing and providing feedback.

Programs with postponed Self-Studies will not be required to complete a Self-Study until further notice (at least through July 2022). This deferral period will allow the ACGME to develop a sustainable model for improvement and assurance for its nearly 13,000 accredited programs and allow programs to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

No other programs will be scheduled for a Self-Study until further notice. Institutional Self-Studies will proceed according to the Institutional Review Committee’s announced plan.

Email questions to self-study@acgme.org.

 

 


 

NEW! Webcast for Program Directors and Coordinators on ADS Changes
Update: Changes to the Accreditation Data System (ADS) and COVID-19 Pandemic Questions
The webcast will provide information about the ADS annual update information and the COVID-19 pandemic questions to help designated institutional officials, program directors, and institutional and program coordinators better prepare for and effectively complete the 2021 Annual Update.

Register Here
Thursday, May 27, 2021
12:00-1:15 p.m. Central 

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

 


 

 

NEW! ACGME Addresses Medically Underserved Areas and Populations
In support of its mission to improve health care and population health, the ACGME is working to enhance physician workforce development in communities that face physician shortages in various specialties. As part of this effort, the ACGME has developed an accreditation framework for Medically Underserved Areas and Populations.

Learn more about this work and the development of an ACGME Rural Track Program designation.

Email questions about this designation process to muap@acgme.org.



NEW! JGME Articles for the Week

Improving Diversity in Pediatric Residency Selection: Using an Equity Framework to Implement Holistic Review
Jyothi Marbin, MD; Glenn Rosenbluth, MD; Rachel Brim, MD; Edward Cruz, MD, MPH; Alma Martinez, MD, MPH;  Margaret McNamara, MD
Between 2017 and 2020, University of California San Francisco Pediatrics Department identified structural, interpersonal, and individual biases in existing selection processes and developed mitigation strategies in each area, which led to an increased number of matched underrepresented in medicine (UiM) residents. Interventions included creating a shared mental model of desirable qualities in residents, employing a new scoring rubric, intentional inclusion of UiM faculty members and learners in the selection process, and requiring anti-bias training for everyone involved with recruitment and selection.

Analysis of Supervisors' Feedback to Residents on Communicator, Collaborator, and Professional Roles During Case Discussions
Alexandre Lafleur, MD, MHPE; Luc Côté, MSW, PhD; Holly O. Witteman, PhD
By recording clinical case discussions in radiology and internal medicine, this study quantified how much of the supervisors’ feedback time targeted residents’ intrinsic roles of communicator, collaborator, and professional. Knowing the opportunities that case discussions represent, supervisors could improve by aligning their feedback on intrinsic roles with residents' needs, and by using more questions to establish a dialogue with residents on how to embody those roles.


Revised Milestones Available
Updated versions of Milestones are now available for the following specialties and subspecialties. Programs will officially start using the new Milestones documents in July 2021, with the first reporting in January 2022. Supplemental Guides have also be created as a companion tool for most specialties, and are available in both a Word and PDF format on the specialty Milestones pages.

Nuclear Radiology

View all the specialties and subspecialties with completed revised Milestones and their effective dates in the document at the top of the Milestones Overview page on the ACGME website.

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Milestones 2.0 Review and Comment
New drafts of the Milestones for the specialties/subspecialties 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.

THIS WEEK! Deadline: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Volunteers Needed for Milestones Work Groups
Volunteer for a Work Group reviewing 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, be familiar with the Milestones, and need not be physicians. Participants will be selected based on multiple criteria, including level of expertise, specialty and regional diversity, and need.

Deadline: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Critical Care Anesthesiology
Neurotology
Obstetric Anesthesiology
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


 

Milestones Year-End Reporting Open through June 25
The reporting window closes Friday, June 25, 2021. Milestones assessments can be submitted in ADS at any point before that date. A list of specialties that have or soon will transition to Milestones 2.0 can be found on the Milestones section of the ACGME website.

Email technical questions to ADS@acgme.org.
Email content questions to milestones@acgme.org.


SPECIALTY ADDED! Calls for Resident Members
The following Review Committees are seeking their next resident member for terms beginning July 1, 2022. A resident member serves on the Review Committee to share the resident/fellow perspective, foster accountability to the needs of residents and fellows, enrich the work of the committee through outside expertise, and create transparency in the work of the Review Committee. Selected nominees will be presented to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval. The membership term is July 1, 2022-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 

FAMILY MEDICINE
Details: The resident member must be currently enrolled at the PGY-2 level in a three-year ACGME-accredited family medicine program as of July 1, 2022. Details and nomination instructions are available in the Family Medicine section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Sandra Benitez
Deadline: August 20, 2021 

MEDICAL GENETICS AND GENOMICS
Details: The resident member must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited medical genetics and genomics program or an approved combined program and must have at least one year of the educational program left at the time of appointment. Details and nomination instructions available upon request.
Contact: Natochia Lewis
Deadline: July 31, 2021 

NEW! NUCLEAR MEDICINE
Details: The resident member must have a minimum of one year of nuclear medicine residency education remaining after July 1, 2022. Details and nomination instructions are available in the Nuclear Medicine section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Bianca Andino
Deadline: August 2, 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 


Calls for 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 

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

PATHOLOGY
Details: Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Natochia Lewis
Deadline: July 31, 2021 

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
Details: Additional information and nomination form available upon request.
Contact: Natochia Lewis
Deadline: July 31, 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 a new 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 member's term will begin July 1, 2022 and end June 30, 2028.

Additional information and the nomination form are available upon request from Senior Accreditation Administrator Aimee Morales.

Nominations due by July 1, 2021.

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 the Osteopathic Principles Committee are posted on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website.

This process will continue through July 1, 2021.


 

NEW! Review and Recognition Committee News / Family Medicine: Comments on Sports Medicine Program Requirements Sought
As part of the 10-year major revision process to the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Sports Medicine, the ACGME is soliciting feedback from the GME community on the current set of requirements, available in the Family Medicine section of the ACGME website. The community has 30 days to provide feedback on the specialty-specific requirement language; comments on Common Program Requirements will not be considered in the process.

Send comments in a Word document to sportsmedicineprs@acgme.org by Friday, June 18, 2021.


Institutional Updates Webcast Available
The Institutional Updates webcast is now available for on-demand viewing. Access the recording and presentation in Learn at ACGME. Access is free; registration is required.
 
This April 26 presentation focuses on the Institutional Review Committee’s 2020-2021 accreditation review of Sponsoring Institutions, the focused revision of the ACGME Institutional Requirements, and the work of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program. It highlights ACGME actions to assist and support Sponsoring Institutions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, key findings from the CLER National Reports of Findings, and updates on the CLER site visit designed to assess the impact of COVID-19.
 
Access Recording and Presentation


Osteopathic Recognition: Temporary Waiver for Board Certification Qualifications
Since eligible physicians have experienced delays in becoming board certified due to COVID-19-related issues, the Osteopathic Principles Committee will permit programs to apply for a temporary waiver to the following Osteopathic Recognition Requirements (effective July 1, 2018) related to board certification: I.A.1.a).(2); I.B.2.; and I.C.2.a). This decision was made to ensure that otherwise qualified new Directors of Osteopathic Education, core osteopathic faculty members, and osteopathic faculty members can fulfill the responsibilities for which they were hired.

Read details regarding temporary waiver requests in the memo under Announcements on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website.

 


The ACGME currently has the following open positions:

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