March 22, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - March 22, 2022

ACGME 2022 Annual Educational Conference is Next Week!

Register Now

Over three days, thousands of participants will engage and connect with colleagues from across GME, with numerous opportunities for learning and networking. The conference features content and resources that appeal and apply to all roles in GME and all those passionate about education and collaboration. 

Networking Feature: ACGME Hub
Attendees can meet with ACGME staff members from the following departments, divisions, and initiatives from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Central each day of the conference:

  • ACGME Field Activities
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Milestones
  • Journal of Graduate Medical Education
  • Medically Underserved Areas/Populations and GME
  • ACGME Global Services
  • Well-Being
  • Accreditation Data System
  • Distance Learning
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NEW! Common Program Requirements Background and Intent Update

The Common Program Requirements to be effective July 1, 2022 have been edited to include updated Background and Intent under three areas: II.C.2., VI.C., and VI.C.1.e).

Note: the modification to the Background and Intent under II.C.2. is only applicable to the Residency, Fellowship, and Post-Doctoral Education versions of the Common Program Requirements.

This updated Background and Intent now appears in the Common Program Requirements available on the Common Program Requirements page under “Common Program Requirements Future Effective Date” and will appear in each set of specialty-specific Program Requirements effective July 1, 2022.


NEW! 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.


NEW! 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
Critical Care Anesthesiology
Neurocritical Care
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Pediatric Otolaryngology


ACGME Equity MattersTM Modules Available in Learn at ACGME

The ACGME is proud to unveil self-directed ACGME Equity Matters content in Learn at ACGME. 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.


Revised Milestones Available

Updated versions of Milestones are now available for the subspecialties listed elow. Programs will officially start using the new Milestones in July 2022, with the first reporting taking place in January 2023.

Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery
Musculoskeletal Oncology
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
 
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 (ADS) during this period.

Email technical assistance questions to ADS@acgme.org. Email content questions to milestones@acgme.org.


ACGME FAQs

The ACGME has developed a web page to address frequently asked questions and common misconceptions about the ACGME and its roles and responsibilities. These FAQs are intended to help the GME community and the public better understand the ACGME; they are not intended to provide a comprehensive explanation of the ACGME’s work. This page will be updated regularly and as needed.

Read the New ACGME FAQs


Sponsoring Institution and Program Application Process Pages Available

Two new web pages provide the GME community with step-by-step instructions on submitting new accreditation applications for Sponsoring Institutions or programs.

Institutional Application Process

Program Application Information


Nominate a Colleague for the 2023 ACGME Awards - Two Weeks Left!


The ACGME recognizes notable designated institutional officials, program directors, residents and fellows, institutional and program coordinators, programs, institutions, and specialty organizations for their outstanding work and contributions to graduate medical education through its Awards Program, which includes the following:

John C. Gienapp Award
Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
David C. Leach Award
Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award
GME Institutional Coordinator Excellence Award
Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award

Nomination information and materials are on each award's page in the Awards section of the ACGME website.

Submit nominations by 5:00 p.m. Central on April 6, 2022.


NEW! JGME Featured Articles of the Week

A Preliminary Evaluation of Students' Learning and Performance Outcomes in an Accelerated 3-Year MD Pathway Program
Joan Cangiarella, MD; Kinga Eliasz, PhD; Adina Kalet, MD, MPH; Elisabeth Cohen, MD; Steven Abramson, MD; Colleen Gillespie, PhD
More graduates of accelerated three-year physician programs are applying to residency programs, but there is little outcome data to help program directors determine whether to select these graduates for their programs. Exploratory findings from this single institution suggest that students in three-year physician tracks performed similarly to those in four-year physician tracks in medical school and the first year of residency.

Recommendations for Optimizing Virtual Simulation: A Trial and Error Process from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Michael Levine, MD; Maninder Singh, MD; Andrew Restivo, MD; Alexander Petti, MD; Miriam Kulkarni, MD
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the medical education community to rely on remote learning, and the transition to video-broadcasted simulation learning can be difficult. This article offers recommendations for overcoming obstacles to developing a virtual simulation program and provides advice to other programs that may need to create or optimize a virtual simulation experience.


ACGME Program Requirements for Review and Comment

The following Program Requirements (specialties in bold; followed by subspecialties) and accompanying Impact Statements are posted for review and comment, here:

Comment Deadline: March 23, 2022 - Deadline Tomorrow!
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Multidisciplinary
Addiction Medicine
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Neuromuscular Medicine
Pain Medicine

Comment Deadline: March 30, 2022 - Deadline Next Week!
Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Preventive Medicine (now as individual specialties)
> Aerospace Medicine
> Occupational and Environmental Medicine
> Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
Diagnostic Radiology

Interventional Radiology


SAVE THE DATES! Dates and Locations Announced for the 2022 Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents

The Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents will be held in person in Philadelphia! Programs will be held:

May 2-4
May 16-18
May 19-21
June 6-8

Complete details online registration will be available soon on the ACGME website.

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.


NEW! 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.

Surgery
Details: Applicants must be a current PGY-2-4 during the 2023-2024 academic year.  Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: April 1, 2022

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: April 1, 2022


NEW! Updated Background and Intent for Neurocritical Care

In response to questions from the community, Background and Intent related to board certification requirements has been added to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Neurocritical Care. The new Background and Intent can be found under Program Requirements II.A.3.b).(1), II.B.4.c).(1), and II.B.4.d). The updated Requirements are available under the "Currently in Effect" heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications pages of the Neurology and Neurological Surgery sections of the ACGME website. Email questions to Executive Director Louise Castile.


NEW! Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Update

The Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery announces its intent to bring a request forward to the Committee on Requirements of the ACGME Board of Directors to revise the Program Requirements to align with the certifying board. Alignment with the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) includes a revision to the required length of the educational program (12 to 24 months) and modifications to Case Log minimums. The ABTS changes are effective July 1, 2023, and the Review Committee will propose an aligned timeline.

The Review Committee will continue to announce proposed changes, timelines, and opportunities for review and comment through this forum, as well as through direct communication with affected stakeholders.

Email questions to Review Committee staff members, whose contact information can be found on any page in the Thoracic Surgery section of the ACGME website.


Major Revision of Pathology Subspecialty Requirements Coming Soon - Deadline Tomorrow!

The Review Committee for Pathology is preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for each of the subspecialties below and invites comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Requirements are developed. Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership and program coordinators should not be submitted; proposed revisions related to those subjects for all the pathology subspecialities are currently under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements that are currently in effect and posted online.

Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine
Chemical Pathology
Cytopathology
Forensic Pathology
Hematopathology
Medical Microbiology
Neuropathology
Pediatric Pathology
Selective Pathology

As a reminder, the Review Committee conducted substantial revisions to all pathology subspecialty Program Requirements, especially in the ACGME Competencies and Curriculum Organization sections, which went into effect on July 1, 2020.

Submit written comments no later than Wednesday, March 23, 2022 to pathology@acgme.org.


Major Revision of Brain Injury Medicine Program Requirements Coming Soon - Deadline Next Week!

The Review Committees for Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry are preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for Brain Injury Medicine and invite comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised requirements are developed. Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership and program coordinators should not be submitted; proposed revisions related to those subjects are currently under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements currently in effect and posted online.

Send comments by March 30, 2022 to PhysicalMedicineandRehabilitation@acgme.org.


Designation of New Preventive Medicine Specialties - Deadline Next Week!

The ACGME Board of Directors recently approved an exception to the usual process for the designation of new specialties. This exception was granted for the process to designate aerospace medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine as individual specialties separately accredited by the ACGME. These three specialties currently exist under the umbrella designation of preventive medicine; however, this designation would create three separate specialties with three separate specialty codes. The Review Committee for Preventive Medicine would still review all three specialties, as it does now.

Since there would be three distinct specialties, there would be three sets of Program Requirements, which have been created by separating the requirements relevant to each specialty from the current version that encompasses all three. While they are designated as new Program Requirements, the content remains essentially the same for each specialty as it exists now in the comprehensive Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Preventive Medicine. Aside from separating into three versions and making minor wording changes to align with the new specialty designations, there were two notable revisions: one related to the dedicated time requirements for program leadership (see II.A.2.a) and II.A.2.a).(1)); and one to clarify that residents appointed at the PM-2 level must still complete 10 months of direct patient care (see III.A.2.c).(1).(a).(i)).

The three sets of Program Requirements are posted for public review and comment, and feedback can be provided through March 30, 2022. The review and comment form also includes a field to comment on the specialty designation change. Only comments and feedback submitted to preventivemedicinedg@acgme.org using the form provided will be accepted.

Email questions to Executive Director Kate Hatlak.


Allergy and Immunology Dedicated Time Requirements

In February 2022, the ACGME Board of Directors approved a revision to the Program Requirements for Allergy and Immunology that included new requirements related to dedicated time for program leadership and program coordinators. Due to an administrative error, the incorrect numbers for program leadership dedicated time (Program Requirement II.A.2.a)) were published. The updated Requirements and FAQs are available under the "Future Effective Date" heading on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Allergy and Immunology section of the ACGME website. The ACGME apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Case Log System for Ophthalmology Updated

The Review Committee has updated the ACGME Case Log System to improve documentation of resident experiences. The oculoplastic and orbit area was re-organized to better reflect the subspecialty’s accepted procedural categories. In addition, more than 240 additional CPT codes are now being tracked in the Case Log, with approximately 50 giving credit towards a minimum. A new area “examination/clinical procedures/testing” was also created. It includes such activities as ultrasounds; logging these experiences is optional.

Review the “Case Log Information: Ophthalmology” document, which includes details about the update in the Questions section including information related to logging minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. The document can be found on the Documents and Resources page of the Ophthalmology section of the ACGME website.

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.

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