May 9, 2022

ACGME e-Communication - May 9, 2022

NEW! Requirements for Review and Comment

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

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)


Basics of Accreditation Workshops for New Program Coordinators

Registration is open for the 2022 Basics of Accreditation Workshops! They will be held virtually in May and June; space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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.


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! Participate in the National Learning Community of Sponsoring Institutions Meeting


Call for Submissions is Open
The ACGME is hosting a National Learning Community of Sponsoring Institutions Meeting in Chicago on September 7-8, 2022. The meeting will offer opportunities to learn and connect with other institutional leaders (GME) with an emphasis on the objectives of the Sponsoring Institution 2025 (SI2025) project.

Sponsoring Institutions and designated institutional officials (DIOs) will collaborate through shared educational experiences, explore successful practices to strengthen Sponsoring Institutions and clinical learning environments, and solve challenges together.

Those interested in sharing their expertise at this meeting should visit the meeting's web page for details.

Submissions are due May 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Central.


NEW! Selected #ACGME2022 Presentations Available to View in Learn at ACGME

A selection of the presentations from the 2022 ACGME Annual Educational Conference are now available for free to the GME community in Learn at ACGME. Users must have or create a free account in Learn (here) to access these presentations. Once logged in, either search for the specific titles listed below or go to the ACGME Annual Educational Conference section and click on 2022:

  • Introductory Course for New Program Directors (Learning Path for new program directors; includes six short courses)
  • 29 Specialty Updates
  • The Starting Line: Site Visit Preparation for Sponsoring Institutions and Programs
  • Preparing Residents/Fellows to Manage Pain and Substance Use Disorder
  • ACGME Equity MattersTM – Moving from DEI Conversations to Action
  • Medically Underserved Areas/Populations: Partnerships to Establish and Sustain Rural GME

Email questions regarding Learn at ACGME or access to the platform to desupport@acgme.org.


NEW EPISODE! AWARE Series on Cognition and Well-Being: The Role of Belonging in Well-Being

In this episode, Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd and Anne Gravel Sullivan, PhD discuss the relationship between belonging and well-being with Dr. Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, FRCP-London. Dr. Panda, assistant dean for well-being and medical student education, as well as a professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga, reflects upon her own struggle with well-being and how it ultimately led her to study the importance of a personal sense of belonging. Additionally, they analyze how well-being can be achieved when students and physicians can comfortably be their authentic selves, rather than attempting to fit into the mold that they feel pressured into being.

Search “ACGME AWARE” on Spotify, RadioPublic, or Apple Podcasts to find this episode.


Webcast for Program Directors and Coordinators on the 2022-2023 Annual Update Changes

This webcast will provide information about the Accreditation Data System (ADS) Annual Update timelines and changes for Academic Year 2022-2023 to help designated institutional officials, program directors, and coordinators better prepare for and effectively complete the Annual Update.

Register Here
Thursday, May 26, 2022
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Central

The recorded webcast will be available in Learn at ACGME within a week of the live presentation. (A free account is required to access materials in Learn at ACGME.)


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

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
    May 10: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 938 0158 8522 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 822717
  • Sponsoring Institution-Based Fellowship: Health Care Administration, Leadership, and Management
    May 13: 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 915 7558 7907 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 620957
  • NEW! Recognition of Sponsoring Institutions with Non-Standard Training Programs for Physicians with J-1 Visas
    May 17: 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central
    Zoom meeting ID: 939 8032 1658 (ID is linked)
    Zoom meeting passcode: 899195

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


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 medically underserved areas/populations (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


Milestones Year-End Reporting

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


NEW! JGME Articles of the Week

ACGME Milestones in the Real World: A Qualitative Study Exploring Response Process Evidence
Ashley M. Maranich, MD; Paul A. Hemmer, MD, MPH; Sebastian Uijtdehaage, PhD; Alexis Battista, PhD
Since the ACGME introduced the Milestones in 2013, the body of validity evidence supporting their use has grown, but there is a gap with regard to response process. This study found that the response process used by transitional year Clinical Competency Committee members was not always consistent with the dual purpose of the Milestones to improve educational outcomes for residents and programs.

Virtual Residency Interviews: Applicant Perceptions Regarding Virtual Interview Effectiveness, Advantages, and Barriers
Alexander Domingo, MD; Rebecca E. Rdesinski, MSW, MPH; Amy Stenson, MD, MPH; Megan Aylor, MD;
John Sullenbarger, MD; Joanna Hatfield, MD; Sara Walker, PhD; Shane Hervey, BS; Justin Singer, MD;
Adrian Cois, MD; Anthony Cheng, MD
This study, completed in 2021, assessed the perspectives of residency applicants on virtual interview effectiveness, advantages, and barriers, including factors that might impact equity and inclusion. The majority of applicants surveyed said virtual interviews were effective, more advantageous than burdensome, and widely acceptable.


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.

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! 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.


Colon and Rectal Surgery Block Diagram Template Available

A block diagram template is posted on the Documents and Resources page of the Colon and Rectal Surgery section of the ACGME website, as well as in the Specialty Instructions link in the Accreditation Data System “Sites” tab. Programs are encouraged to use this new template for the Annual Update, complement requests, and requests to add participating sites effective immediately; programs will be required to use the template effective July 1, 2022.

Email questions to Accreditation Administrator Jules Girts.


Dermatopathology Program Requirements: 10-Year Major Revision

As part of the 10-year major revision process to the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Dermatopathology , the ACGME is soliciting feedback from the community.

The process starts with general feedback on the current set of Requirements, which can be accessed from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website. During this 30-day review process comments must be limited to the subspecialty-specific requirement language (regular text), as the Common Program Requirements (bold text) are not up for revision; any comments relating to the Common Program Requirements will not be considered in the process.

Send comments in a Word document to Dermpathreviews@acgme.org by Friday, May 18, 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