April 26, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - April 25, 2022

Submit CLER Blackout Weeks by April 26 - Deadline Next Week!

The window for submitting CLER visit blackout weeks is now open through April 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

  • 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
  • January 1-26: Submit requests for April-June 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.


Clinician Educator Milestones Feedback Survey - Deadline Saturday

The Clinician Educator Milestones are a joint effort of the ACGME, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. This series of subcompetencies is designed to aid in the development and improvement of teaching and learning skills across the continuum of medical education.

The Clinician Educator Milestones are currently in a pilot phase. The Clinician Educator Milestones are not an ACGME accreditation requirement and are not intended to become one in the future.

Respond to this survey with feedback by April 30, 2022.

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


NEW! Webcast For Program Directors and Coordinators On The 2022-2023 Annual Update Changes

This webcast will provide information about the Accreditation Data System (ADS) Annual Update timelines and changes for Academic Year 2022-2023 to help designated institutional officials, program directors, and coordinators better prepare for and effectively complete the Annual Update.

Register Here
Thursday, May 26, 2022
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Central

The recorded webcast will be available in Learn at ACGME within a week of the live presentation. (A free account is required to access materials in Learn at ACGME.)


Transitions in Medical Education Toolkits

The ACGME, in collaboration with several other medical education organizations, has released three toolkits to aid programs and learners as they progress through the medical education continuum from medical school to practice. The toolkits are not requirements and are meant to help guide programs and learners as they deal with disrupted years of education due to the pandemic.

View the toolkits on the Transitions in Medical Education page on the ACGME website.


Upcoming Webinar: ACGME Rural Track Program Designation: Type 2

The ACGME will soon offer an additional Rural Track Program designation to coincide with an update to rural tracks in federal law and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy. This new designation will be available in May 2022 for already-accredited programs seeking to add a new rural track. More information about this new designation option will be available in the coming weeks on the Rural Tracks web page of the ACGME website.

An informational webinar about the ACGME Rural Track Program Designation: Type 2 will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Central, including a Q and A.

Register Now


Office Hours with the Institutional Review Committee Executive Director 

Institutional Accreditation staff members recognize that designated institutional officials (DIOs) and institutional coordinators are currently preparing for changes related to institutional accreditation and recognition. Institutional Review Committee Executive Director Paul Foster Johnson will host office hours to provide an informal opportunity for members of the GME community to get answers to questions on the following topics:

  • Institutional Requirements Concerning Medical, Parental, and Caregiver Leaves of Absence
    May 10: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central 
    Zoom meeting ID: 938 0158 8522  (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 822717

  • Sponsoring Institution-Based Fellowship: Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management
    May 13: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 915 7558 7907 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 620957

No advance registration or RSVP is required. Email questions to irc@acgme.org.


ACGME Seeks Members for MUA/P Advisory Group

The ACGME is forming an Advisory Group that will provide consultation concerning implementation of the ACGME’s framework for medically underserved areas/populations (MUA/P) and GME. Nominations are open now until June 1, 2022 for individuals representing diverse perspectives with expertise in GME, MUA/P, and/or health care policy/governance. Members (designated institutional officials, program directors, and senior clinical executive leaders) and public members will serve up to three-year initial terms with the option of renewing for an additional three-year term. Resident/fellow members will serve two-year terms. Self-nominations are accepted.

Details: Additional information is available on the MUA/P Advisory Group web page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Laney McDougal
Deadline: June 1, 2022


Milestones Year-End Reporting

The Milestones reporting window opens today and closes Friday, June 24, 2022. Milestones assessments can be submitted via the Accreditation Data System during this period. Email technical assistance questions to ADS@acgme.org. Email content questions to milestones@acgme.org.


NEW! JGME Articles Of The Week

Innovation—Defining Key Features for Medical Education Manuscripts
Arianne “Cuff” Baker, MD; Halah Ibrahim, MD, MEHP; Deborah Simpson, PhD

What makes an idea sufficiently novel or innovative for publication? While the terms "innovation," "novel," and "new" are used often in medical education, clarifying their meaning could help authors seeking to publish their work and journal reviewers evaluating manuscripts. This editorial aims first to define the term "innovation" in the hopes of working toward a shared understanding, then proposes six common features to be considered in the writing and reviewing of medical education-related innovation manuscripts.

A Systematic Review of Pain Management Education in Graduate Medical Education
Zayir Malik, MD; James Ahn, MD, MHPE; Kathryn Thompson, BS; Alejandro Palma, MD

Despite the importance of effective pain management, as well as potential risks, such as Opioid Use Disorder, many residents report feeling uncomfortable and unprepared to manage patients' pain due to undereducation. This systematic review appraises the literature on acute and chronic non-cancer pain management education in graduate medical education programs analyzes the educational methods and outcomes of these educational interventions across several specialties.


NEW! Basics Of Accreditation Workshops For New Coordinators

Registration is open for the 2022 Basics of Accreditation Workshops! They will be held virtually in May and June; space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

The two-part, specialty-specific workshop series is designed for coordinators with fewer than two years’ experience in the coordinator role and will assist them in understanding the basics of ACGME accreditation of residency and fellowship programs.

Visit the Basics of Accreditation web page for details.


Register Now for Spring 2022 Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Course

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.


ACGME Seeks Public Member

The following Review Committee is seeking its next public member for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2023. these members share the perspective of the public, foster public accountability, enrich the work of the Committee through outside expertise, and create transparency. While nominees cannot be physicians, other health care professionals are permitted if they are not employed by an organization with ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship programs.

Thoracic Surgery
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Thoracic Surgery specialty page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: June 30, 2022


ACGME Seeks Resident Members

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.

Thoracic Surgery
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: June 15, 2022


Dermatopathology Program Requirements: 10-Year Major Revision

As part of the 10-year major revision process to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Dermatopathology , the ACGME is soliciting feedback from the community.

The process starts with general feedback on the current set of Requirements, which can be accessed from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website. During this 30-day review process comments must be limited to the subspecialty-specific requirement language (regular text), as the Common Program Requirements (bold text) are not up for revision; any comments relating to the Common Program Requirements will not be considered in the process.

Send comments in a Word document to Dermpathreviews@acgme.org by Friday, May 18, 2022.


Meeting and Agenda Closing Dates Posted

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.


Career Opportunities

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.

View Open Positions