The COVID-19 section of the ACGME website contains information to support the GME community in light of the evolving pandemic. This includes Letters to the Community, a Guidance Statement on competency-based medical education and educational program disruptions, FAQs, and the request forms for Sponsoring Institution Emergency Categorization.
Access the ACGME's COVID-19 web pages.
Attendees can network and meet with ACGME staff members from the following ACGME departments, divisions, and initiatives during each day of the live conference from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Central:
ACGME Field Activities
ACGME Global Services
Accreditation Data System
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations and GME
Other networking opportunities include daily morning attendee meet-ups, topic-specific chatrooms, Q and A text chat sessions with speakers, the Poster Hall, and much more!
Institutions are invited to post job openings in the conference's virtual Career Center. Attendees can access this searchable database for up to one month after the conference. The Career Center will be viewed by thousands of individuals from all roles in GME. Recruiters who purchase 10 or more job postings also receive one complimentary Premium registration.
New drafts of the Milestones below are available for review and comment. The Milestones reporting data, along with other survey results and comments, informed the changes. Some Work Groups also created Supplemental Guides to enhance understanding of the Milestones.
Comment Deadline: February 28, 2022
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
This course uses scenario-based videos to introduce a variety of strategies for managing a Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). These include planning meetings, identifying issues with and best practices for collecting resident/fellow performance data, and developing a shared mindset among CCC members to maximize the review process and discussion. The course illustrates some common pitfalls around CCC processes and provides guidelines and resources to assist programs in preparing their CCCs for success.
Log into or create an account in Learn at ACGME to access this course and other resources.
The ACGME recognizes notable designated institutional officials, program directors, residents and fellows, institutional and program coordinators, programs, institutions, and specialty organizations for their outstanding work and contributions to graduate medical education through its Awards Program, which includes:
John C. Gienapp Award
Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
David C. Leach Award
Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award
GME Institutional Coordinator Excellence Award
Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award
Nomination materials are available on each award's page in the Awards section of the ACGME website.
Submit nominations by 5:00 p.m. Central on April 6, 2022.
Graphic Medicine in Graduate Medical Education
Theresa Maatman, MD, FACP (@TCMaatman); Michael J. Green, MD, MS, FACP (@mjg15); Matthew N. Noe, MSLS (@NoetheMatt)
Graphic medicine, a field at the intersection of comics and health care, can help faculty members and learners explore the triumphs and struggles of the residency experience. Comics allow the reader—and author—to reconceptualize their experiences and thus may support a more affirming residency climate. This article explains how to incorporate opportunities for self-expression, creativity, and community building into residency education.
Reframing the O-SCORE as a Retrospective Supervision Scale Using Validity Theory
Walter Tavares, PhD; Wade Gofton, MD, MEd; Farhan Bhanji, MD, MSc(Ed);
Nancy Dudek, MD, MEd
In this Perspectives article, authors discuss the distinction between retrospective and prospective assessment, using assessment validity the O-SCORE as a framework and example respectively. They aim to reframe the O-SCORE's rating scale anchors as point-in-time retrospective assessments of the faculty's experience with a learner, not as prospective indicators of readiness for independent practice or as an immediate claim about entrustability. They also elaborate on how and why retrospective and prospective distinctions can serve as a meaningful correction to potential misunderstandings about the O-SCORE anchors in GME.
The following Program Requirements (specialties in bold; followed by subspecialties) and accompanying Impact Statements are posted for review and comment, here:
Comment Deadline: March 3, 2022 - Deadline Thursday!
Surgical Critical Care
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Clinical Informatics (multidisciplinary)
Geriatric Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Hospice and Palliative Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Sleep Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Thoracic Surgery (Integrated)
Thoracic Surgery (Independent)
Vascular Surgery (Integrated)
Vascular Surgery (Independent)
Comment Deadline: March 9, 2022 - Deadline Next Week!
Comment Deadline: March 16, 2022
Craniofacial Plastic Surgery
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Clinical Biochemical Genetics
Laboratory Genetics and Genomics
Medical Biochemical Genetics
Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
Molecular Genetic Pathology
Comment Deadline: March 23, 2022
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
Comment Deadline: March 30, 2022
Pediatric Emergency Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Preventive Medicine (now as individual specialties)
> Aerospace Medicine
> Occupational and Environmental Medicine
> Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
The dates and locations for the ACGME’s Annual Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents are changing due to the shifting landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and related local public health laws and regulations. The ACGME regrets any inconvenience these changes cause. More information will be provided as soon as it is available via this weekly e-Communication and on the ACGME's social media accounts.
About the Program
The Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents is designed to provide a transitional experience into the leadership role of chief resident by enhancing each participant's self-awareness and understanding of their personal leadership styles, strengths, and weaknesses as leaders, developing knowledge and appreciation of group and interpersonal behavior, and learning additional skills critical to success and satisfaction as both a clinician and leader.
Email questions to Ann Riley.
Registration for the spring 2022 ACGME faculty development course 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 programs. Offered virtually, sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including virtual simulations, to provide participants with approaches and tools for effective assessment.
The six-day intensive, virtual course will be held May 15-20, 2022, from 1:00-5:30 p.m. Central each day. For details and to register, visit the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment page on the ACGME website.
The following Review Committees seeks nomination for their next resident member positions. Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of that residency or fellowship. After review and consideration of all nominees, the Review Committee will forward its selection to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval. Terms begin July 1, 2023 and end June 30, 2025.
Details: Applicants must be enrolled in a residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of the residency or fellowship. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Psychiatry section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Larisa Cassie
Deadline: March 7, 2022
SURGERY- Deadline Next Week!
Details: Applicants must be a current PGY-2-4 during the 2023-2024 academic year. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: March 7, 2022
Details: Applicants must be a current PGY-2-5 during the 2023-2024 academic year. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Thoracic Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: April 1, 2022
The Review Committee has updated the ACGME Case Log System to improve documentation of resident experiences. The oculoplastic and orbit area was re-organized to better reflect the subspecialty’s accepted procedural categories. In addition, more than 240 additional CPT codes are now being tracked in the Case Log, with approximately 50 giving credit towards a minimum. A new area “examination/clinical procedures/testing” was also created. It includes such activities as ultrasounds; logging these experiences is optional.
Review the “Case Log Information: Ophthalmology” document, which includes details about the update in the Questions section including information related to logging minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. The document can be found on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website.
Email questions to Executive Director Kathleen Quinn-Leering.
The Review Committee for Internal Medicine is preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for each of the subspecialties below and invites comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Requirements are developed.
• Adult Congenital Heart Disease
• Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
• Critical Care Medicine
• Clinical Informatics
• Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolic
• Hematology and Medical Oncology
• Infectious Disease
• Interventional Cardiology
• Medical Oncology
• Pulmonary Disease
• Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care
• Sleep Medicine
• Transplant Hepatology
Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership, program coordinators, and core faulty members should not be submitted. The Review Committee received feedback on proposed revisions related to that subject for all the internal medicine subspecialities in the fall of 2021. Proposed revisions related to administrative support are under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements that are currently in effect and posted online. For the multidisciplinary subspecialties of sleep medicine and clinical informatics, the Review Committee will proceed with a focused revision for FTE support soon.
Submit written comments no later than March 3, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Review Committee for Pathology is preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for each of the subspecialties below and invites comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Requirements are developed. Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership and program coordinators should not be submitted; proposed revisions related to those subjects for all the pathology subspecialities are currently under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements that are currently in effect and posted online.
Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine
As a reminder, the Review Committee conducted substantial revisions to all pathology subspecialty Program Requirements, especially in the ACGME Competencies and Curriculum Organization sections, which went into effect on July 1, 2020.
Submit written comments no later than Wednesday, March 23, 2022 to email@example.com.
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 Pediatrics, along with members of the pediatrics community, leaders from other specialties (internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology), and related fields rigorously and creatively thinking about what the specialty of pediatrics 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 Program Requirements that will prepare the learners for current practice and generations to come.
The Review Committee requests feedback. The scenario-based planning summary of themes and insights is posted for review and comment here. Submit your feedback by March 16, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Review Committees for Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry are preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for Brain Injury Medicine and invite comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised requirements are developed. Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership and program coordinators should not be submitted; proposed revisions related to those subjects are currently under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements currently in effect and posted online.
Submit written comments no later than March 30, 2022, to PhysicalMedicineandRehabilitation@acgme.org.
The ACGME Board of Directors recently approved an exception to the usual process for the designation of new specialties. This exception was granted for the process to designate aerospace medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine as individual specialties separately accredited by the ACGME. These three specialties currently exist under the umbrella designation of preventive medicine; however, this designation would create three separate specialties with three separate specialty codes. The Review Committee for Preventive Medicine would still review all three specialties, as it does now.
Since there would be three distinct specialties, there would be three sets of Program Requirements, which have been created by separating the requirements relevant to each specialty from the current version that encompasses all three. While they are designated as new Program Requirements, the content remains essentially the same for each specialty as it exists now in the comprehensive Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Preventive Medicine. Aside from separating into three versions and making minor wording changes to align with the new specialty designations, there were two notable revisions: one related to the dedicated time requirements for program leadership (see II.A.2.a) and II.A.2.a).(1)); and one to clarify that residents appointed at the PM-2 level must still complete 10 months of direct patient care (see III.A.2.c).(1).(a).(i)).
The three sets of Program Requirements are posted for public review and comment, and feedback can be provided through March 30, 2022. The review and comment form also includes a field to comment on the specialty designation change. Only comments and feedback submitted to email@example.com using the form provided will be accepted.
Email questions to Executive Director Kate Hatlak.
Meeting dates are listed on the overview page of each specialty section on the ACGME website. While many specialties have already updated their information, updates may continue until July 1, 2022. Meeting dates and associated agenda closing dates for the Osteopathic Recognition Committee are posted on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website.
The ACGME is always interested in finding talented, dedicated individuals to join the organization and support its mission to improve health care and population health by assessing and enhancing the quality of resident and fellow physicians' education through advancements in accreditation and education.