June 6, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - June 6, 2022

Requirements for Review and Comment

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

Comment Deadline: July 14, 2022
Hand Surgery

Comment Deadline: June 16, 2022 - Deadline Approaching!
Common Program Requirements (Residency)
Common Program Requirements (Fellowship)
Common Program Requirements (One-Year Fellowship)
Common Program Requirements (Post-Doctoral Education)


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
Correctional Medicine (Sponsoring Institution-based fellowship)


NEW! 2022-2023 ADS Annual Update Webcast and Q and A Coming Soon

The recording of the 2022-2023 ADS Annual Update webcast on May 26 and an accompanying Q and A document will be available no later than Monday, June 13 and will be announced through the weekly e-Communication.

Email questions or concerns to accreditation@acgme.org.


NEW! ACGME Equity MattersTM Modules

The ACGME is offering additional self-directed ACGME Equity Matters content in Learn at ACGME. The latest release includes modules about racial and ethnic experiences, as well as identities and populations. These educational resources provide diverse perspectives while raising historical and current injustices in the medical education system in an organized and intentional way. The materials are designed for organizations with leadership support, as well as resources and infrastructure commitments to equity for making meaningful change. (Note: A free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.)

The modules are available in two tracks: continuing medical education (CME) learning path; and video library. In the learning path, content is self-paced within a structured design for CME credit. Video library content can be accessed in any order; using guidance from a trained facilitator when viewing modules with large audiences is recommended to avoid perpetuating harm and ensure a safe learning environment.

Email questions to diversity@acgme.org.


DEADLINE EXTENDED! ACGME Seeks Resident/Fellow and Public 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 MUA/P and GME. The deadline for resident/fellow and public member nominations is extended to June 15, 2022.

Public members (individuals who have experience working with underserved populations outside of GME) 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.

Additional information is available on the MUA/P Advisory Group web page of the ACGME website. Email questions to Laney McDougal.


Milestones Year-End Reporting

The Milestones reporting window is open until Friday, June 24, 2022. Milestones assessments can be submitted via the ADS during this period. Email technical assistance questions to ADS@acgme.org. Email content questions to milestones@acgme.org.


NEW! JGME Articles of the Week

Systematic Reviews in Medical Education
Lauren A. Maggio, PhD; Anita Samuel, PhD; Elizabeth Stellrecht, MLS
As part of JGME’s review series featuring two articles per issue on a particular type of review—one for readers and one for writers—this special article aims to help anyone preparing and writing a systematic review. Beginning with a discussion on the foundations of systematic reviews, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, the authors then take a seven-step approach for writers, beginning with formulating the research question and assembling the team, all the way to analyzing the data and writing the review.

The Indispensable Student
Conrad May, MD
After retiring from a 30-year career as a clinician-educator and moving into a volunteer position at a clinic for the underserved, Dr. May found himself deeply missing a vital part of his previous career: the day-to-day interactions with residents, fellows, and students. As part of JGME’s On Teaching section, Dr. May draws on anecdotes from Sherlock Holmes and his own experiences to reflect on how his indispensable learners helped him as much as he helped them.


DEADLINE WEDNESDAY! Basics of Accreditation Workshops for New Program Coordinators

These workshops are an excellent opportunity for new program coordinators to become acclimated to the ACGME's accreditation process, meet ACGME staff members, ask questions, and network with other coordinators. They will be held virtually in June; space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 8 for the next workshop, to be held June 15. This workshop is for new program coordinators in the following specialties:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Transitional Year

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.


ACGME Seeks Institutional Review Committee Member

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

The deadline to apply is September 5, 2022. Email questions to irc@acgme.org.


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


NEW! 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.

NEW! 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

NEW! 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

Thoracic Surgery - Deadline Next Week!
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

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


NEW! 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.

Email questions to OBGYN-RC@acgme.org.


NEW! 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 (IRC) seeks the GME community's 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.


Institutional Requirements Major Revision Advisory Group - Deadline Next Week!

The Institutional Review Committee seeks recommendations for members for a multi-stakeholder advisory group to inform the major revision of the ACGME Institutional Requirements. The Committee values diversity and wants to include perspectives from a variety of institutional roles. Recommendations of chief executive officers, chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, chief academic officers, program directors, residents/fellows, and public members are welcome.

When selecting candidates, the Committee will consider skills, professional qualifications, geographic representation, individual diversity of members, and diversity of Sponsoring Institution types. The group’s first meeting will be in August 2022.

Email the name, contact email address, and title for the recommended individual, as well as a paragraph explaining why this person should be an advisory group member to dio@acgme.org by Friday, June 17, 2022.


Office Hours with the Institutional Review Committee Executive Director - Session Tomorrow!

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:

Recognition of Sponsoring Institutions with Non-Standard Training Programs for Physicians with J-1 Visas
June 7: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Central
Zoom meeting ID: 976 8179 1094 (ID is linked)
Zoom Meeting passcode: 635666

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


Update on Ophthalmology-Specific Questions on the Resident Survey

As announced in a May 20, 2022 email to ophthalmology program directors and coordinators, the 2022 ACGME Resident Survey ophthalmology-specific section re-deployment is taking place May 25 to June 15. Residents received a notice May 25 with a resident-specific survey link.

There have been questions about the survey completion bar. The survey is two pages long and the bar will show 50 percent until the second page is completed and the survey is submitted. Programs can track survey completion and send reminders using the same tools on the Surveys tab in ADS that are used during the standard survey window. Reports will be posted in ADS approximately two weeks after the survey closes. Programs must have at least four respondents to access the report.

Email questions to Executive Director Kathleen Quinn-Leering.


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