June 1, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - May 31, 2022

NEW! Letter to the Community

On the eve of the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, Dr. Nasca calls on the medical community to "frame this environment of violence as a major public health crisis," and to "work together across health care and with other institutions in our communities to address violence in our society."

Read the Letter


NEW! Requirements for Review and Comment

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

NEW! Comment Deadline: July 14, 2022
Hand Surgery

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


NEW! 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.

NEW! Comment Deadline: July 8, 2022
Correctional Medicine


DEADLINE TOMORROW! ACGME Seeks 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. Nominations are open now until June 1, 2022 for individuals representing diverse perspectives with expertise in GME, MUA/P, and/or health care policy/governance. Members (designated institutional officials, program directors, and senior clinical executive leaders) and public members 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.

Details: Additional information is available on the MUA/P Advisory Group web page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Laney McDougal
Deadline: June 1, 2022


ACGME Rural Track Program Designation Type 2

An additional type of Rural Track Program (RTP) designation is now available. RTP designation Type 2 is for already-accredited programs seeking to add a new rural track. Type 2 designation requests must include the addition/identification of rural participating site and a permanent complement increase request. The Type 2 designation process is available as a sidebar option in the Accreditation Data System (ADS).

Instructions, a video overview, FAQs, a toolkit, and more are available on the Rural Track Program Designation page of the ACGME website.

Email questions to muap@acgme.org.


CLER COVID Protocol

The CLER COVID protocol concluded effective May 1, 2022. A national report with aggregate de-identified findings from the approximately 300 sites visited will be released in the fall.

The CLER Program will now focus on Protocol 4. Field test visits for Protocol 4 will begin this summer, with a full launch anticipated shortly thereafter. These visits will be conducted on site with remote video components.

Email questions to cler@acgme.org.


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

Four Lessons to Take From Athena—Without Disguising Oneself as the Mortal, Mentor
Kyle Cassling, MD, MEd; Cary B. Aarons, MD, MSEd; Kyla Terhune, MD, MBA
The authors lay out four action items that allow members of the GME community to figuratively take the form of the mentor mentees most need, expand the pool of mentees, and potentially increase access to those lacking mentorship under traditional models.

CMS Finalizes Rules for Distribution of 1000 New Medicare-Funded Residency Positions and Changes to Rural Training Track Programs
Kristin Schleiter Hitchell, JD, LLM; Lauren Johnson, EdD, MNA
This article summarizes core concepts of both the expanded rural training track programs and Medicare-funded positions and explains the December 2021 final rule in which CMS finalized details about how it will implement them.


Basics of Accreditation Workshops for New Program Coordinators

Gain Skills, Knowledge, and Confidence!
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 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 officer (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! 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

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: June 15, 2022


NEW! 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 Review Committee Executive Director Kathleen Quinn-Leering.


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

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:

Institutional Requirements Concerning Medical, Parental, and Caregiver Leaves of Absence
June 2: 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central
Zoom meeting ID: 965 8395 2877 (ID is linked)
Zoom meeting passcode: 179331

NEW! 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.


Non-Standard Training (NST) Program Recognition Application Available

The recognition application for Sponsoring Institutions with NST programs is now available. Sponsoring Institutions can begin applications for NST Recognition in ADS. Applications will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis for Institutional Review Committee review beginning in fall 2022.

Email questions to irc@acgme.org.


New Institutional Resource Available

A new Frequently Asked Questions document about sponsorship changes and Sponsoring Institution and program name changes has been posted to the Documents and Resources page of the Institutional Review Committee section of the ACGME website as well as under Common Resources on the Documents and Resources page of each specialty.

Email questions related to the process for sponsorship changes or name changes to irc@acgme.org.


Institutional Requirements Major Revision Advisory Group

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.


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