ACGME e-Communication - April 11, 2022

ACGME Annual Educational Conference

Save the Date! 2023 Annual Educational Conference
February 23-26, 2023
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Nashville, Tennessee

The 2022 ACGME Annual Educational Conference has concluded with more than 5,100 attendees! Learn more about conference, view session summaries, read interviews, and more on the ACGME Blog.


NEW! 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


NEW! Revised Milestones Available

Updated versions of more than 20 Milestones are now available. Programs will officially start using these new Milestones in July 2022, with the first reporting in January 2023. A list of the revised Milestones can be found on the Milestones page.
 
Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.


Deadline to Submit CLER Blackout Weeks is April 26, 2022

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.


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:

  • Sponsoring Institution-Based Fellowship: Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management
    April 15: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting ID: 979 8743 8347
    Zoom meeting passcode: 841369

    May 13: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 915 7558 7907 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 620957

  • Recognition of Sponsoring Institutions with Non-Standard Training Programs for Physicians with J-1 Visas
    April 22: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 967 0389 1282 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 033428


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


Milestones Review and Comment

Drafts of the Milestones below are available for review and comment. For Milestones 2.0, 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.

Comment Deadline: April 17, 2022 - Deadline Next Sunday!
Critical Care Anesthesiology
Neurocritical Care
Neurotology
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Obstetric Anesthesiology


Clinician Educator Milestones Feedback Survey

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.


Milestones Year-End Reporting

The Milestones reporting window will open Monday, April 18, 2022 and close 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

Pediatric Residents' Experiences With High-Value Care at an Academic Children's Hospital
L. Barry Seltz, MD; Emma Nathaniel, MD; Alexis Ball, MD; Sheilah Jimenez; Michael Tchou, MD, MSc
Delivering high-value care--“the right care to the right patient at the right time,”--is one strategy to address overdiagnosis and overtreatment contributing to both higher costs and potential harm to patients. Considering that the ACGME mandates residents incorporate consideration of cost awareness into patient care, this qualitative study of pediatric residents, conducted through focus groups and interviews, attempts to gain a deeper understanding of what factors influence resident experiences with their own practice of high-value care.

Literature Reviews: Key Considerations and Tips From Knowledge Synthesis Librarians 
Robin Parker, MLIS; Lindsey Sikora, MISt
In JGME’s upcoming Review Series, each issue will feature two articles focusing on one type of literature review: one in-depth article for those writing reviews along with a shorter article for readers. This special article kicks off the series by exploring how to approach a literature review, from planning to identifying resources, to evaluating evidence, to collecting data and summarizing findings.

“Don't Ask Me How I Know This…”
Gretchen C. Edwards, MD, MPH; Christina Bailey, MD, MSCI; Kyla P. Terhune, MD, MBA, FACS
The title of this article is from a phrase used often by Major John P. Pryor of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania when teaching from his own experience. In 2008, students at Vanderbilt University created an annual session with this same name, not only to honor Dr. Pryor, who was killed in Iraq late that year, but to carry on his example of humility and vulnerability to create a culture of safety and resiliency. This article describes the session, in which senior residents share stories of loss, grief, error, and shame, as well as providing guidance for those interested in creating similar sessions.


Registration is Open for the 2022 Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents

View Brochure and Register

The Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents will be held in person in Philadelphia May 2-4; May 16-18; May 19-21; and June 6-8.

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.


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


NEW! 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.


NEW! Updated Resource: Dedicated Time across Program Requirements

Due to the large number of changes to dedicated time that will become effective July 1, 2022, the Selected Topics Across Program Requirements documents for Coordinator Dedicated Time, Core Faculty Dedicated Time, and Program Leadership Dedicated Time have been updated early to allow Sponsoring Institutions to view the approved and proposed dedicated time requirements for all specialties/subspecialties they sponsor. Note that many specialties/subspecialties are scheduled for review at the ACGME Board of Directors' June 2022 meeting, and those revisions have not yet been approved. These specialties are noted as "Proposed" in the documents and are still subject to change. These documents will be updated immediately following the June ACGME Board meeting with the finalized dedicated time language for all specialties/subspecialties.

The documents can be found on the Institutional Applications and Requirements page of the Designated Institutional Officials section of the website, under the "Selected Topics Across Program Requirements" heading.


NEW! Block Diagram Template for Neurological Surgery Available

The Review Committee developed a specialty-specific block diagram template to highlight the necessary components of a program’s curriculum and organization. The new block diagram template is posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Neurological Surgery section of the ACGME website and in the Specialty Instructions link in the ADS "Sites" tab.

Programs are encouraged to use the Neurological Surgery Block Diagram template for the Annual ADS Update, as well as all complement increase and participating site change requests submitted as of April 8, 2022.


Email questions to Accreditation Administrator Citlali Meza, MPA.


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