January 24, 2022

January 24, 2022
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***

NEW! Annual Educational Conference

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Attend a Role-Specific Pre-Conference!

A select number of these pre-conferences will be presented live through Zoom, while others will be presented semi-live with pre-recorded presentations and live chats with the speakers.

Explore the full conference schedule, conference activities, and more

Recruiters: 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.

Secure a Sponsorship - Pricing Adjusted on Select Opportunities!

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! Enhanced Physician Well-Being Section Now Available

The ACGME is proud to unveil an updated and more robust Well-Being Tools and Resources page for institutions, programs, residents/fellows, and faculty members to support and promote well-being in the clinical learning environment.

Originally created by a subcommittee of the ACGME's Task Force on Physician Well-Being, these materials and references for residents, fellows, and faculty members was compiled to assist with improving well-being and wellness, and to help identify solutions that best meet local needs.

The revamped compendium can be found in Learn at ACGME and features a searchable list of content and resources from the ACGME and other organizations in several different media.

Read More in the ACGME Newsroom
Access Well-Being Tools and Resources

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.

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

Submit CLER Blackout Weeks: Deadline is Wednesday! 

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

A Document Analysis of Nationally Available Faculty Assessment Forms of Resident Performance
Judith C. French, PhD; Lily C. Pien, MD, MHPE 
In this study, the authors analyzed prompts used in forms for faculty assessment of resident performance, guided by best practices in survey research methodology, self-regulation theory, and competency-based assessment to see if prompts included components based on assessment for learning. The document analysis of assessment forms revealed they do not always follow best practices in survey design for narrative sections, nor do they universally address elements deemed important for promotion of self-regulation and competency-based assessment.

Introduction to the JGME Literature Review Series
Anna MacLeod, PhD; Robin Parker, MLIS; Lara Varpio, PhD
In this series, JGME will provide an overview of eight influential approaches to knowledge synthesis: systematic reviews, realist reviews, narrative reviews, scoping reviews, state-of-the-art, critical reviews, meta-ethnographic reviews, and integrative reviews. Two articles will be provided for each literature review type: 1) an overview of the review type with background information on philosophical foundations, purposes, and expected products for readers and researchers, and 2) a short article with steps that outline the “nuts and bolts” of this type of review.

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 9, 2022
Sports Medicine

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Comment Deadline: February 11, 2022
Family Medicine

Comment Deadline: February 4, 2022
    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

Comment Deadline: March 3, 2022
General Surgery
    Surgical Critical Care
    Pediatric Surgery
    Complex General Surgical Oncology

    Clinical Informatics
    Geriatric Medicine
    Sleep Medicine
    Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Plastic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery (Integrated)
    Thoracic Surgery (Independent)

Vascular Surgery (Integrated)
    Vascular Surgery (Independent)

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

NEW! Comment Period Extended for Program requirements for family medicine

In response to feedback from the community, the Review Committee for ACGME Program Requirements for Family Medicine has granted a two-week extension to the original due date for comments on the proposed major revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine.

The proposed Program Requirements and accompanying Impact Statement, as well as the form to be used for submitting comments, can be found here.

Comments are now due by Friday, February 11, 2022.

Note that comments must be submitted electronically, using the form provided. Any responses that do not address the requested information, or which are submitted in a format other than indicated, may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the Review Committee.

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.

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 

•  Cardiovascular Disease

•  Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

•  Critical Care Medicine

•  Clinical Informatics

•  Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolic

•  Gastroenterology

•  Hematology

•  Hematology and Medical Oncology

•  Infectious Disease

•  Interventional Cardiology

•  Medical Oncology

•  Nephrology

•  Pulmonary Disease

•  Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care

•  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.

Career Opportunities

The ACGME currently has the following open positions:

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