January 18, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - January 18, 2022

NEW! Responding to Community Concerns

ACGME President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP has issued a letter to the GME community to share how the ACGME is responding to the feedback from listening sessions held earlier this month to guide modifications to the accreditation processes during the COVID-19 crisis.

The letter addresses updates, changes, and responses to:

  • Accreditation, Recognition, and CLER Site Visits
  • Mid-Year Milestones Reporting Deadline Extension
  • Resident/Fellow and Faculty Survey Timing
  • Questions Regarding Supplemental Pay to Residents and Fellows
  • Emergency Categorization

Read the complete letter now in the ACGME Newsroom.

***Access the ACGME COVID-19 web pages***


Annual Educational Conference

Why register for the Annual Educational Conference?

  • Budget-Friendly
  • Professional Development and CME Opportunities
  • Building Connections
  • Invaluable Content for All Roles in GME
  • Flexible Learning

Explore the full conference schedule, conference activities, and more

Post a Job in the Conference Career Center

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. 

Sponsorships Still Available - Opportunities Selling Out!

Sponsorships are open to businesses and organizations with products and services that positively impact the GME community. All sponsorships include the option to rent the conference opt-in attendee list (available only during the conference), as well as one registration fee waiver for each sponsorship purchased.

View Career Center and Sponsorship Information


NEW! CMS Distributing 1,000 New Residency Positions; Fiscal Year 2023 Applications Due March 31

For the first time since 1997, the CMS is distributing 1,000 additional residency positions. Up to 200 positions will be distributed per year until 1,000 positions have been distributed, with priority given to hospitals meeting four statutorily based categories. (See 86 FR 73416, 73419-46.) Qualifying hospitals can apply for up to five spots per year, based on the length of the applicable program. Applications for Fiscal Year 2023 positions are due by March 31, 2022.

For more information and a link to the online application, see the "Section 126" information on the CMS Direct GME website.


NEW! Now Accepting Nominations for the 2023 ACGME Awards!

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 awardÃs page in the Awards section of the ACGME website.

Submit nominations by April 6, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Central.


NEW! Review and Comment on Milestones 2.0

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 10, 2022

Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery
Musculoskeletal Oncology
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine 

Comment Deadline: February 20, 2022

Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Informatics
Emergency Medical Services
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Gynecologic Oncology
Hand Surgery
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Trauma
Osteopathic Neuromusculoskelatal Medicine
Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility


Deadline to Submit CLER Blackout Weeks is January 26, 2022

The window for submitting CLER visit blackout weeks is now open through January 26, 2022 for blocking off dates in the period highlighted below. Sponsoring Institutions can submit up to four blackout weeks during this period.

Upcoming Windows for Entering Blackout Weeks

  • January 1-26: Submit requests for April-June 2022
  • April 1-26: Submit requests for July-September 2022
  • July 1-26: Submit requests for October-December 2022
  • October 1-26: Submit requests for January-March 2023

To enter blackout dates in ADS, click here.

Review more information and common questions/answers regarding CLER blackout weeks here.

Email questions to CLER@acgme.org.


Milestones Mid-Year Reporting Window Open Until February 11

In response to the recent COVID-19 surge and its impact on Sponsoring Institutions and programs, the reporting window has been extended by one month until Friday, February 11, 2022. This change is reflected in the Accreditation Data System (ADS). Milestones assessments can be submitted via ADS at any point before this date. 

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


Back to Bedside: Funding Available for Resident and Fellow-Driven Projects!

The ACGME's Back to Bedside initiative is designed to empower residents and fellows to develop transformative projects that foster meaning and joy in work and allow them to engage on a deeper level with what is at the heart of medicine: their patients.

  • This initiative supports resident- and fellow-directed innovations.
  • Awardees participate in Learning Collaboratives throughout the funding period to workshop and refine their projects.
  • Work is shared on a national platform.

Proposals are due February 21, 2022.

Learn More and help spread the word! Email or post this flyer to share with residents and fellows.


NEW! JGME Articles for the Week

Analysis of the Interprofessional Clinical Learning Environment for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety From Perspectives of Interprofessional Teams

Mike K.W. Cheng, MD; Sally Collins, MA, MSc; Robert B. Baron, MD, MS; Christy K. Boscardin, PhD

This study found there are several facilitators and barriers to successful integration of residents into interprofessional quality improvement and patient safety activities.

Transformative Learning in Graduate Medical Education: A Scoping Review
Benjamin Vipler, MD, MEd; Amy Knehans, MLIS; Daniel Rausa, DO; Paul Haidet, MD, MPH; Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, MD, MSc

This scoping review of the literature on transformative learning within GME identifies areas where learners currently experience or have potential to experience transformative learning and explores areas where fostering transformative learning has been used as a pedagogical tool.


NEW! ACGME Program Requirements for Review and Comment

The following Program Requirements (specialties in bold; followed by subspecialties) and accompanying Impact Statements are posted for review and comment, here:

NEW! Comment Deadline: March 3, 2022

General Surgery
Surgical Critical Care
Pediatric Surgery
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Multidisciplinary
Clinical Informatics
Geriatric Medicine
Sleep Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Plastic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery (Integrated)
Thoracic Surgery (Independent)
Vascular Surgery (Integrated)
Vascular Surgery (Independent)

Comment Deadline: January 21, 2022

Anesthesiology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Dermatology
Dermatopathology
Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology
Pediatric Dermatology
Neurological Surgery
Ophthalmology
Orthopaedic Surgery

Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery
Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery
Musculoskeletal Oncology
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Trauma
Hand Surgery
Otolaryngology
Neurotology
Pediatric Otolaryngology
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Brain Injury Medicine
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Comment Deadline: January 28, 2022

Family Medicine

Comment Deadline: February 4, 2022

Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine
Pediatric Cardiology
Child Abuse Pediatrics
Pediatrics Critical Care
Developmental - Behavioral Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatric Rheumatology
Pediatric Transplant Hepatology


Chief Residents Dates and Locations Announced

The ACGME is hosting the Annual Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents in person in 2022, pending local public health laws and regulations regarding COVID-19. The program 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.

Online registration and a brochure with complete details will be available through the ACGME website soon. The program will be offered on the following dates and locations:

  • April 4-6, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • April 19-21, Hollywood, Florida
  • May 2-4, Hollywood, Florida
  • May 16-18, Chicago, Illinois
  • May 19-21, Chicago, Illinois
  • June 6-8, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dermatology Faculty Development Resource Available

To assist programs with faculty development, the Association of Professors of Dermatology, under the coordination of Erik Stratman, MD, the immediate past chair of the Review Committee for Dermatology, offers a national faculty development program. A link to this program has been added to the Documents and Resources page of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website.


NEW! Institutional Review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Updated

The updated FAQ document is accessible from the Institutional Application and Requirements page of the Institutional Review Committee section of the ACGME website.


NEW! Give Input for Revision of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Requirements

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 
   Cardiology

•  Cardiovascular Disease

•  Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

•  Critical Care Medicine

•  Clinical Informatics

•  Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolic
   Disease

•  Gastroenterology

•  Hematology

•  Hematology and Medical Oncology

•  Infectious Disease

•  Interventional Cardiology

•  Medical Oncology

•  Nephrology

•  Pulmonary Disease

•  Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care
   Medicine

•  Rheumatology

•  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 commentsimpr@acgme.org.


Gynecologic Oncology Case Log Update

The Gynecologic Oncology Case Log Instructions have been updated. Programs are encouraged to review the Common Questions section where additional guidance has been provided regarding proper logging of fellow experiences. 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.


Career Opportunities

The ACGME currently has the following open positions:

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