June 27, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - June 27, 2022

NEW! Requirements for Review and Comment

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

NEW - 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.

Comment Deadline: July 14, 2022
Hand Surgery


Subspecialty Proposal

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 - Deadline Approaching!
Correctional Medicine (Sponsoring Institution-based fellowship)


NOW OPEN! Call for Sessions for the 2023 ACGME Annual Educational Conference

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

Concurrent Sessions
Coordinator Forum Full-Day Course
These proposals are due Friday, August 5

ACGME/AOGME Osteopathic Recognition Full-Day Course
These 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


NEW! 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.


NEW! Deadline to Submit CLER Blackout Weeks is July 26, 2022

The window for submitting CLER visit blackout weeks will open on July 1, 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

  • 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.


Burden Reduction: Faculty Board Certification Update

As part of the ACGME’s commitment to and efforts toward improving the ADS user experience, beginning June 26, 2022, the ACGME will use data obtained from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for faculty certification, reducing programs’ data entry burden. Programs will no longer need to manually enter faculty members’ ABMS/AOA board certification data in ADS. These data will be populated into the Faculty Roster for use in accreditation and recognition site visits and program review.

Physician faculty members will be matched to the datasets based on National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, name, date of birth, and medical school graduation year. Faculty members who are newly entered into ADS will have their certification information matched and populated within 24 hours. Note that as of June 3, AOA data has been posted in the faculty member’s profile (where applicable). If a faculty member’s certification information is missing or inaccurate, programs can update and correct the individual’s profile. Programs will need to continue manually providing this information for faculty members certified by another organization, who are board-eligible, or who are not board certified.

What do programs need to do now?
To ensure this enhancement’s success, NPI numbers in ADS must be accurate. As soon as possible, program leaders should:

  • Check the program’s Faculty Roster in ADS for missing required data.
  • Verify accuracy of NPI numbers; if a faculty member’s number is missing or unknown, use the “Search National Provider ID” link provided in ADS to find it. (Faculty member data can be downloaded from the "Reports" tab.)

Do not delete/remove ABMS or AOA manual entries prior to June 25, 2022.

Refer to the ADS Help Center for details and Frequently Asked Questions.


Program Self-Study Deferral Update

The ACGME is finalizing its plans for the program Self-Study and developing its process for conducting periodic site visits for programs with a status of Continued Accreditation. The ACGME will not assign program Self-Study dates or 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit dates until further notice. Look for updated information in the coming months.

Institutional Self-Studies will proceed according to the Institutional Review Committee’s announced plan.

Email questions to self-study@acgme.org.


ACGME Announces Back to Bedside Funding Recipients for 2022-2024 Cycle

The ACGME is proud to announce the 21 recipients of the third cycle of funding for Back to Bedside, a resident-led initiative to develop innovative strategies for finding deeper connections with patients, improving physician and patient well-being.

New this year is a multi-program arm with the intent of studying one previously successful Back to Bedside-funded project and it is awarded to Alexander Davidovich, DO and his team from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for their project “Engaging Physician Trainees Through Bedside Intensive Care Unit [ICU] Narratives.”

View the full list of newly selected Back to Bedside recipients, projects, and team leaders. More than 80 projects have been funded since its inception. Projects will commence with the start of the new academic year in July 2022.


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

The Reliability of Graduate Medical Education Quality of Care Clinical Performance Measures
Jung G. Kim, PhD, MPH; Hector P. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH; Eric S. Holmboe, MD; et al.
The authors examined the reliability of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) clinical performance measures in family medicine and internal medicine GME programs to determine whether HEDIS measures can inform residents and their programs about their quality of care. They found that GME programs may reliably evaluate HEDIS performance pooled at the program level, but less so at the resident level due to patient volume.

The Disruptive Physician and Our Role as Teachers
Toren Davis, DO
This Perspectives article provides a real-life example of physicians' role with regard to staying in the lines of the health care system or stepping out and being “disruptive” in order to protect patients.


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! 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. The nomination request and form can be found here.

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. In addition to comments, the IRC will consider the information from the following sources:

Specific elements to consider when reviewing the current Institutional Requirements include:

  • Integration of GME and the clinical learning environment, including governance and senior administration relationships
  • Enhanced expectations for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Enhanced expectations for systems-based efforts in well-being
  • Professionalism and managing conflicts of interest
  • Role of the Graduate Medical Education Committee in assessing institutional and program performance
  • Professionalization of the designated institutional official role and title
  • Institutional coordinator and GME office functions
  • Partnership between GME office and programs
  • Burden reduction
  • Recategorization of Core, Outcome, and Detail requirements
  • Process and outcomes measures

Email comments to irc@acgme.org by July 21, 2022.


Designation of New Preventive Medicine Specialties

At its recent meeting, the ACGME Board of Directors approved the request to designate aerospace medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine as accredited specialties. This decision was made with the consideration of all comments received during the public review and comment period earlier this spring. These specialties were previously “areas of concentration” under the umbrella designation of preventive medicine.

Preventive medicine is no longer an accredited specialty, as all preventive medicine programs now fall under one of the three separate specialties. The Review Committee for Preventive Medicine will continue to have oversight over all programs in all three specialties as it does now.

Each specialty now has its own set of Program Requirements, Frequently Asked Questions, and Application Form, all of which will be posted soon in the Preventive Medicine section of the ACGME website. The three sets of Program Requirements were developed mainly by separating the requirements relevant to each specialty from the current version of the Program Requirements that contains all three areas of concentration in one document. No significant changes to the curriculum or ACGME Core Competencies were made.

As a result of the new specialty designations, programs in aerospace medicine and occupational and environmental medicine will be assigned new program numbers in ADS. Nothing else will change about how the programs operate or report information in ADS. Once the changes have been made in ADS, individuals will be able to use the ACGME public site to search for programs in aerospace medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine (as opposed to the current search function requiring selecting “Preventive Medicine” and then a concentration from a sub-menu).

Programs affected by this change will receive more information in the coming weeks, including details about the assignment of new program numbers.

Email questions to Executive Director Kate Hatlak.


Case Log System Update for Complex Family Planning

The Case Log System will be available in ADS for complex family planning programs this week. Fellows must log cases beginning July 1, 2022. Case Log instructions are posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology 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. Fellows not granted access by June 25, 2022 will receive an automatic notice with login information. Current second-year fellows should disregard this notice.

Email questions to OBGYN-RC@acgme.org.


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