July 18, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - July 18, 2022

NEW! Register for Discussion Forums on Revising Foundational Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Education

The ACGME, Association of American Medical Colleges, and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine are launching an initiative to create a common set of foundational competencies for use in undergraduate medical education programs in the US. This initiative aligns with recommendations outlined in the Undergraduate Medical Education-Graduate Medical Education Review Committee and is part of a comprehensive effort by all three organizations to improve the transition to residency.

The initiative will engage educators, students, residents, faculty members, and the public, beginning with a series of discussion forums from across medical education to collect input for the project team. The sessions will begin with a project overview and ask participants to explore questions related to the evolution of competency-based education in undergraduate medical education, such as:

  • What will we expect all future physicians to be able to do, know and value regardless of their specialty? What will we need to teach and assess to ensure an ideal future workforce?
  • For those working in medical education, what frameworks for competency-based education are currently being used and what does "use" mean at the local school level?
  • What are implications to adopting a common set of competencies across undergraduate medical education that align with graduate medical education?

The first two discussion forums will take place August 17 and 23; future sessions will be scheduled later in 2022. Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited.

Foundational Competencies Discussion Forum 1
August 17, 1:00 p.m. Eastern

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Foundational Competencies Discussion Forum 2
August 23, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
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Call for Sessions for the 2023 ACGME Annual Educational Conference

All accepted sessions will be presented on site at the conference, taking place February 23-25, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Session proposals are being accepted for:

Concurrent Sessions
Coordinator Forum Full-Day Course

Proposals are due Friday, August 5

ACGME/AOGME Osteopathic Recognition Full-Day Course
Proposals are due Monday, August 1

Learn More and Submit a Proposal

Questions?
Annual Educational Conference: acgmeconference@acgme.org
Coordinator Forum Full-Day Course: coordinatorforum@acgme.org
ACGME/AOGME Osteopathic Recognition Full-Day Course: SingleGME@acgme.org


Requirements for Review and Comment

The following Program Requirements and Recognition Requirements and accompanying Impact Statements are posted for review and comment, here:

Interim Revision following the June 24, 2022 Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health
Comment Deadline: August 8, 2022

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Note: The Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology will not cite any residency program for non-compliance with current program requirements relating to induced abortion if compliance would result in any resident, physician educator, or residency program violating the law.


NEW EPISODE! Hot Topics in MedEd Podcast

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Drs. Joey Fisher and Barbara Trautner, authors of the paper "Maximizing the Academic Conference Experience: Tips for Your Career Toolkit," offer a roadmap to academic conference success with a three-phase framework, including pre-conference preparation, active engagement during the meeting, and post-meeting action steps. They share personal stories about how they handle networking, juggling sessions, making an impact, and balancing rest amid conference excitement.

Read the accompanying article: Maximizing the Academic Conference Experience: Tips for Your Career Toolkit


NEW! JGME Articles of the Week

Understanding Realist Reviews for Medical Education and Realist Reviews: A Brief How-To
Rola Ajjawi, PhD; Fiona Kent, PhD
Continuing the JGME review series featuring two articles per issue on a particular type of review—one for readers and one for writers—these articles help anyone preparing and writing a realist review. The authors discuss the origins and points of difference in a realist review and provide a step-by-step guide of key elements to consider and include.


Call for Applications for a Visual Media Resident/Fellow Editorial Board Member

JGME seeks a current resident or fellow to serve as a visual media editor on the journal's Editorial Board. Applicants from any specialty or subspecialty are eligible. Qualified candidates should have an interest in medical education and scholarship and prior experience in visual design or graphic art. Visit the Announcements page on the JGME website for details.

Candidates should email their CV and a brief letter of interest, as well as a statement of support from their program director, to jgme@acgme.org. The application deadline is Monday, August 15, 2022.


NEW! Register Now for Fall 2022 Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Course

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. Sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including virtual simulations, to provide participants with approaches and tools for effective assessment. Choose from a six-day, in-person course beginning October 7, 2022, or a virtual course that will meet weekly beginning October 9, 2022.

For details and to register, visit the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment page on the ACGME website.


Selected Topics Across Program Requirements Updated

The Selected Topics Across Program Requirements documents for Number of Faculty Members, Program Director Qualifications, Resident/Fellow Scholarly Activity, and Direct Supervision Using Telecommunication have been updated to reflect the specialty/subspecialty-specific Program Requirements in effect as of July 1, 2022. A new document listing the subspecialties that permit independent practice has also been added.

Note: the documents for Coordinator Dedicated Time, Core Faculty Member Dedicated Time, and Program Leadership Dedicated Time were updated prior to July 1 and remain unchanged. All current Selected Topics Across Program Requirements 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.


Registration Open for 2022 National Learning Community of Sponsoring Institutions Meeting 

Registration is now open for the first National Learning Community of Sponsoring Institutions meeting. Designed specifically for designated institutional officials and institutional leaders, the meeting will convene in Chicago and online September 7-8, 2022, with the theme of "Building Connections, Leading Change."

Participate in interactive workshops, engage in peer interest community sessions and presentations, get updates from the ACGME, and network with colleagues actively committed to leading change in Sponsoring Institutions and clinical learning environments. Hear from clinical leaders at the Shared Learning Luncheon and Innovation Town Hall.

Register by July 22, 2022 for a discounted rate! For more information and to register, visit the web page for this event.


Submit CLER Blackout Weeks by July 26 - Deadline Approaching

The window for submitting CLER visit blackout weeks is open through July 26 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

  • 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
  • April 1-26: Submit requests for July-September 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.


Seeking Nominations for the Coordinator Advisory Group

The ACGME is accepting nominations for the next cohort of the Coordinator Advisory Group, which serves as a consultative body concerning coordinator, graduate medical education, learning environment, and accreditation matters. Members will serve three-year terms, from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026.

Additional information, including the group's charge, information about the nomination process, the nomination form, and the disclosure form, can be found on the Coordinator Advisory Group page of the ACGME website.

Completed nomination packets are due August 15, 2022. Email questions to coordadvgroup@acgme.org.


ACGME Seeks Institutional Review Committee Member

The Institutional Review Committee seeks one designated institutional official (DIO) to serve a six-year member term beginning July 1, 2023. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Institutional Review Committee page of the ACGME website.

Apply by September 5, 2022. Email questions to irc@acgme.org.


NEW! ACGME Seeks Public Member

The following Review Committee seeks 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 Review 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.

TRANSITIONAL YEAR
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Transitional Year section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: November 1, 2022


ACGME Seeks Resident Members

The following Review Committees seeks nominations for their next resident member. 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 program. After review and consideration of all nominees, the Review Committees will forward their selection to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval. Terms begin July 1, 2023 and end June 30, 2025.

DERMATOLOGY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Sandra Benitez
Deadline: September 12, 2022

EMERGENCY MEDICINE
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Emergency Medicine section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Bianca Andino
Deadline: October 3, 2022

INSTITUTIONAL
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Institutional Review Committee page of the ACGME website.
Contact: irc@acgme.org
Deadline: September 5, 2022

ORTOHPAEDIC SURGERY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Orthopaedic Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Jennifer Luna
Deadline: August 1, 2022

PATHOLOGY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Pathology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Sarah Gluckstein
Deadline: August 1, 2022

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Preventive Medicine section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Sarah Gluckstein
Deadline: August 1, 2022

UROLOGY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Urology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Emma Breibart-White
Deadline: August 5, 2022


NEW! Anesthesiology and Anesthesiology Subspecialties FAQs Updated

Updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) documents for anesthesiology residency programs and anesthesiology subspecialty fellowship programs are accessible from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Anesthesiology section of the ACGME website.


NEW! Block Diagram Template for Anesthesiology 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 Anesthesiology section of the ACGME website and in the Specialty Instructions link in the ADS "Sites" tab.

Programs are encouraged to use the Anesthesiology Block Diagram template for their Annual ADS Update.

Email questions to Executive Director Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE.


NEW! Case Log System Available for Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology

The Case Log System is available in ADS for pediatric cardiac anesthesiology programs. Fellows must log cases beginning July 1, 2022. Case Log instructions are posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Anesthesiology section of the ACGME website. Program administrators are advised to review the instructions and teach fellows how to properly record their experiences in the Case Log System.

The instructions outline how programs can grant fellows access to the Case Log System.

Email questions to AN@acgme.org.


NEW! Case Log System Available for Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine

The Case Log System is available in ADS for regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine programs. Fellows must log cases beginning July 1, 2023.Case Logs are optional for the 2022-2023 training year.  Case Log instructions are posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Anesthesiology section of the ACGME website. Program administrators are advised to review the instructions and teach fellows how to properly record their experiences in the Case Log System.

The instructions outline how programs can grant fellows access to the Case Log System.

Email questions to AN@acgme.org.


NEW! Ophthalmology-Specific Resident Surveys

The updated 2022 ACGME Resident Survey ophthalmology-specific section reports have been posted in the "Survey" tab in the ADS. Programs with at least four respondents received a report.

Thank you to the ophthalmology community for the robust response rate to the re-deployed survey and understanding during this process.


NEW! Osteopathic Recognition FAQs Updated

The document is accessible from the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website. The Osteopathic Recognition Committee added FAQs on the standardized assessment of Osteopathic Principles and Practices knowledge and the assessment of skill proficiency in osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Email questions to tmoss@acgme.org.


NEW! Radiation Oncology FAQs Updated

The document is accessible from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Radiation Oncology section of the ACGME website.


NEW! Transitional Year FAQs Updated

The document is accessible from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Transitional Year section of the ACGME website.


Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management Application

The application and list of required uploads for the Sponsoring Institution-based fellowship in health care administration, leadership, and management are now available. Institutions can begin applications in ADS. Application reviews will begin this fall.

Email questions to irc@acgme.org.


Special Advisory Committee Call for Nominations

The Institutional Review Committee is accepting nominations for a temporary advisory committee to review applications for accreditation of new Sponsoring Institution-based fellowship programs in health care administration, leadership, and management. The advisory committee is intended to augment the expertise of the committee for the purpose of Sponsoring Institution-based fellowship accreditation. The advisory committee will be appointed from September 2022 to June 2024.

The Institutional Review Committee seeks nominations from health care executives, which include chief executive officers, chief quality officers, chief nursing officers, or chief medical information officers. Access the nomination request and form.

Email the nomination form and nominee's CV to irc@acgme.org by July 29, 2022.


Feedback Sought for Major Revision of the Institutional Requirements

Every 10 years, Review Committees are required to review their requirements to determine necessary revisions. The goal of this major revision is to anticipate future considerations that will be relevant to the accreditation of Sponsoring Institutions and incorporate them into the Institutional Requirements.

The Institutional Review Committee seeks feedback on the current Requirements to help inform this revision. Email comments to irc@acgme.org by July 21, 2022.


Review Committee Seeks Obstetrics and Gynecology Program Feedback

Obstetrics and gynecology residency and fellowship programs are asked to use the Major Changes and Updates section in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) during the program's ADS Annual Update to inform the Review Committee of the impact of the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health on their program. If applicable, programs should outline changes to the family planning curriculum (completed and planned) and a timeline for any planned changes.

Email questions to OBGYN-RC@acgme.org.


ADS Annual Update Guide for Osteopathic Recognition

This updated guide is now available on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website. It is designed to assist program administration in reviewing and updating all necessary Osteopathic Recognition information when completing their ADS Annual Update.

Email questions to tmoss@acgme.org.


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.

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