July 5, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - July 5, 2022

NEW! Common Program Requirements Update

All specialty/subspecialty-specific Program Requirements have been updated to incorporate the focused revision to the Common Program Requirements, effective July 1, 2022. The updated documents are available on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of each respective specialty section of the ACGME website.


NEW! ACGME Board of Directors: Actions Taken at the June Meeting

Requirement Revisions Approved

At its June 2022 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the revisions listed below. Note: approval of the major revisions for neuroendovascular intervention and sports medicine and the new Program Requirements for Aerospace Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine was previously announced in the June 20, 2022, e-Communication.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Anesthesiology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Anesthesiology section of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Colon and Rectal Surgery effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Colon and Rectal Surgery section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Dermatology, Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology, and Pediatric Dermatology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Dermatologysection of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Emergency Medicine section of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Family Medicine section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Medical Genetics and Genomics, Clinical Biochemical Genetics, Laboratory Genetics and Genomics, and Medical Biochemical Genetics, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Medical Genetics and Genomics section of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Neurological Surgery, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Neurological Surgery section of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Ophthalmology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Ophthalmology section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Orthopaedic Surgery, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Oncology, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine, Orthopaedic Trauma, and Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Orthopaedic Surgery section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Neurotology, and Pediatric Otolaryngology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Pathology, Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, Chemical Pathology, Cytopathology, Forensic Pathology, Hematopathology, Medical Microbiology, Neuropathology, Pediatric Pathology, and Selective Pathology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Pathology section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Rheumatology, and Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Pediatrics section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Plastic Surgery, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of thePlastic Surgery section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Radiology section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in General Surgery, Complex General Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Vascular Surgery (Independent), and Vascular Surgery (Integrated), effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Surgery section of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Thoracic Surgery (Independent), Thoracic Surgery (Integrated), and Congenital Cardiac Surgery, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Thoracic Surgery section of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Pediatric Urology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Urology section of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Addiction Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the AnesthesiologyEmergency MedicineFamily Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, and Psychiatry sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Brain Injury Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Clinical Informatics, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the AnesthesiologyEmergency MedicineFamily Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics and Genomics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, and Radiology sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Dermatopathology effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Dermatology and Pathology sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Geriatric Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Hand Surgery, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgery sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Radiation Oncology sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revisions to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Molecular Genetic Pathology, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Medical Genetics and Genomics and Pathology sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Neuromuscular Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Pain Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Anesthesiology, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation sections of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics section of the ACGME website.

Focused revision to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Sleep Medicine, effective July 1, 2022. The Requirements are available under the “Currently in Effect” heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry sections of the ACGME website.


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
Ostepathic Recognition Full-Day Course: SingleGME@acgme.org


Suspecialty Proposal - Deadline Friday!

As part of the ongoing effort to encourage the participation of the graduate medical education community and the public in the process of reviewing potential new areas for accreditation, the ACGME offers a 45-day comment period to the community of interest regarding proposed new specialties and subspecialties. Information about the subspecialty and accompanying proposal is available for review here.

Comment Deadline: July 8, 2022
Correctional Medicine (Sponsoring Institution-based fellowship)


Requirements for Review and Comment

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

Comment Deadline: July 14, 2022
Hand Surgery

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! Join the DEI Officers Forum

The July DEI Officers Forum will feature speakers presenting on disability inclusion and accommodation in GME, from the ACGME Equity MattersTM curriculum. This month’s conversation is timely as July is Disability Pride Month. Come to learn more.

The next meeting is Wednesday, July 13 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Central. Email diversity@acgme.org for details.

The forum provides a peer advisory network of new and seasoned leaders who address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their Sponsoring Institutions and programs.


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.

For more information and to register, visit the web page for this event.


Submit CLER Blackout Weeks by July 26

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.


NEW! JGME Articles of the Week

Using Graduate Medical Education Institutional Data to Enhance Diverse Recruitment Strategies 
Stephen R. Estime, MD; Edwin K. McDonald, MD; Megham Twiss, MA, MDiv;
Jeremy Podczerwinski, BS; Anita K. Blanchard, MD
Recruiting a diverse workforce can be challenging given the limited candidate pool and biased selection processes that contribute to disparities. This Perspectives article provides a structured approach to inclusive recruitment through data organization, strategic program recommendations, and graduate medical education-led supporting initiatives.

Trust Me, I Know Them: Assessing Interpersonal Bias in Surgery Residency Interviews 
Chelsea Towaij, MD; Nada Gawad, MD, MAEd; Kameela Alibhai, BSc;
Danielle Doan, MAEd; Isabelle Raîche, MD, MAEd
This retrospective Canadian study examines whether having prior knowledge of applicants influences interviewers during residency selection in a multiple mini-interview format. To investigate this potential for bias and to what extent it may influence scoring, file review and applicant interview scores were gathered from 2019-2021, comparing known versus unknown applicants to the University of Ottawa General Surgery Residency Training Program.


REMINDER! Update Contacts in ADS

With the start of the new academic year, review information in ADS to ensure the appropriate individuals at the institution and/or program receive these e-Communication messages. This includes removing contact information for those no longer working in the institution/program (e.g., those who have retired).

Verify that email addresses for the designated institutional official, institutional coordinator, program director, and program coordinator(s) are current in ADS.

Add ADS@acgme.org and ACGMECommunications@acgme.org to your address book or safe sender list so important notifications, including Annual Update or Resident/Fellow and Faculty Survey announcements, as well as these e-Communication messages are not marked as spam or junk by internet service providers (ISPs). Messages may need to be opened and marked as "not spam."

Contact the local (e.g., institution's) ISP or spam filter application support for assistance.


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.


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

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Jennifer Luna
Deadline: July 15, 2022

ORTHOPAEDIC 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! 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.


Dedicated Time Documents Updated

The Selected Topics Across Program Requirements documents for Coordinator Dedicated Time and Program Leadership Dedicated time, originally updated on June 13, 2022, have been modified to reflect that the Review Committee for Family Medicine will not issue citations on the revised program leadership and program coordinator dedicated time requirements until July 1, 2023. The updated documents can be found on the Institutional Applications and Requirements page of the Designated Institutional Officials section of the ACGME website, under the "Selected Topics Across Program Requirements" heading.


Special Advisory Committee Call for Nominations

The Institutional Review Committee (IRC) 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 IRC for the purpose of Sponsoring Institution-based fellowship accreditation. The advisory committee will be appointed from September 2022 to June 2024.

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


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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