ACGME e-Communication - September 12, 2022

Join a Discussion Forum on Revising Foundational Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Education

The ACGME, Association of American Medical Colleges, and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine are launching an initiative to create a common set of foundational competencies for use in undergraduate medical education programs in the US. This initiative aligns with recommendations outlined by the Undergraduate Medical Education-Graduate Medical Education Review Committee and is part of a comprehensive effort by all three organizations to improve the transition to residency.

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September 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern

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This year’s theme, Meaning in Medicine: Making a Difference, stems from the many challenges faced and achievements made by the graduate medical education (GME) community while navigating continued uncertainty. As physicians, educators, leaders, and medical professionals, the GME community is in a unique and important position to advocate for high-quality, equitable patient care and its positive impacts on society. The past three years have led to critical scientific advances and examples of the strength of the human spirit, while also spotlighting significant health care disparities and inequities. The ACGME looks forward to gathering the GME community to learn, discover, and challenge each other with a renewed focus on making a difference, together.

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Call for Abstracts

The ACGME invites proposals for abstracts for the 2023 ACGME Annual Educational Conference. All accepted abstracts will be presented on site as posters at the conference, taking place February 23-25, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Members of the GME community are encouraged to use this opportunity to share their innovations and research with their peers.

Learn More and Submit an Abstract Proposal

Submit proposals by 5:00 p.m. Central on Friday, October 7, 2022. Email questions to abstracts@acgme.org.


DEADLINE THURSDAY! 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, GME, 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 Thursday, September 15, 2022. Email questions to coordadvgroup@acgme.org.


NEW! Milestones Quality Assurance Survey

The ACGME has incorporated quality assurance as a part of the Milestones and requests participation in gathering feedback. This process will start with a five-minute survey for those actively involved in program leadership or serving as a member of their program's Clinical Competency Committee. Over the next few years, the ACGME will collect feedback about the new Milestones through a combination of focus groups and surveys.

Complete the Survey

Responses accepted until October 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Central


NEW! Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Case Log Update

ACGME Case Log System instructions for reproductive endocrinology and infertility programs have been updated to reflect changes made to improve the ease of logging cases in the system. Fellows can “batch enter” all experiences. Case information now requires only a Case Date and Role. Case ID is optional.

Programs are advised to review the document, which is on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website. The "Common Questions" section includes guidance on batch entry of experiences.

Email questions to OBGYN-RC@acgme.org.


NEW! Ophthalmology Case Log Update

The Case Log System has been updated to include new CPT codes for ophthalmology. Codes 66989 and 66991 give credit to both the cataract and glaucoma-filtering and shunting minimums; code 0671T gives credit to the glaucoma-filtering and shunting minimum. Retroactive credit will be given if the CPT codes were previously logged.

Programs are reminded to ensure residents log all glaucoma experiences, including those that do not give credit toward the minimum. Accurate data helps the Review Committee make informed decisions regarding the Case Log System configuration and minimums.

Email questions to Executive Director Kathleen Quinn-Leering, PhD.


Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Case Log Update

Beginning with the 2022 graduates, the Review Committee will no longer enforce the minimally invasive hysterectomy minimum. The Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Case Log Information document has been updated to reflect this change. The Minimums Report in the Case Log System will be revised during a future ADS update. The total hysterectomy minimum of 85 remains in effect.

The updated Case Log Information document can be found on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website.

Email questions to OBGYN-RC@acgme.org.


Review Committee Seeks Obstetrics and Gynecology Program Feedback

Obstetrics and gynecology residency and fellowship programs are asked to use the Major Changes and Updates section in ADS during their ADS Annual Update to inform the Review Committee of the impact of the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health on their program. If applicable, programs should outline changes to the family planning curriculum (completed and planned) and a timeline for any planned changes.
 
Email questions to OBGYN-RC@acgme.org.


Call for Comments | Shaping GME: The Future of General Surgery

Every 10 years, Review Committees are required to review their specialty Program Requirements to determine necessary revisions. The ACGME Board of Directors has approved a new process for all such major revisions going forward.

This new process, scenario-based strategic planning, involved the General Surgery Writing Group, members of the surgery community, and leaders from other specialties and related fields in rigorously and creatively thinking about what the general surgery specialty will look like in the future (recognizing that the future is marked with significant uncertainty). From this process, the Writing Group will propose revisions to the Program Requirements that will prepare learners for practice now and decades to come.

The Writing Group requests feedback. The scenario-based planning summary of themes and insights is posted for review and comment here.

Submit feedback to surgery-reviews@acgme.org by September 20, 2022.


ACGME Seeks Public Members

The following Review Committees seek their 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 Review 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.

DERMATOLOGY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Sandra Benitez
Deadline: October 1, 2022

TRANSITIONAL YEAR
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Transitional Year section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: November 1, 2022


DEADLINE TODAY! ACGME Seeks Resident Members

The following Review Committees seek 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 - Deadline Today!
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

NEUROLOGY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Neurology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Tiffany Hewitt
Deadline: September 30, 2022


NEW! JGME Articles of the Week

Resting and Recharging: A Narrative Review of Strategies to Improve Sleep During Residency Training
Joyce Redinger, MD; Emmad Kabil, MD; Katherine T. Forkin, MD; Amanda M. Kleiman, MD;
Lauren K. Dunn, MD, PhD
Residency involves demanding education with long hours that may cause fatigue and sleep deprivation, adversely impacting residents, as well as patients under their care. In this Review, the authors found that non-pharmacological approaches to mitigating fatigue and sleep deprivation have varying effectiveness to improve sleep for residents, and that data for pharmacological interventions is limited.

Virtual Interviews in Postgraduate Medical Education Recruitment: Is There a Future Post-Pandemic?
Luckshi Rajendran, MD; Ashlie Nadler, MD, MPH, MSc
In this Perspectives article, the authors lay out pros and cons to virtual residency interviews (e.g., lower financial burden on programs and applications, equitable access, loss of interpersonal experience) along with strategies to improve virtual interviews.

Implementation and Evaluation of Integrating an Electronic Health Record With the ACGME Case Log System
Grace Xiao, BA; Shameema Sikder, MD; Fasika Woreta, MD, MPH; Michael V. Boland, MD, PhD
In this study, the authors implemented a case logging system integrated with the institutional electronic health record (EHR) and the ACGME Case Log System to record procedures performed by ophthalmology residents. They found that a resident case logging system integrated with an EHR more accurately reflects residents' operative volume and increases learner satisfaction with the logging process.


Register Now for Fall 2022 Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Course

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. Sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including virtual simulations, to provide participants with approaches and tools for effective assessment. Choose from a virtual course that will meet weekly beginning October 7, 2022, or a six-day, in-person course beginning October 9, 2022.

In addition to the ACGME-led courses, regional hubs offer in-person and online courses based on the ACGME Faculty Development courses.

For details and registration information for this course and regional hub courses, visit the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment page on the ACGME website.


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