e-Communication - January 23, 2023

Networking Opportunity Spotlight: Toast on the Terrace with ACGME Leadership

The Annual Educational Conference will bring together graduate medical education (GME) professionals for valuable networking opportunities (read more on the ACGME Blog), allowing all attendees to get the most out of the conference while making new and lasting connections.

Immediately following the Closing Plenary, the Toast on the Terrace closes out the conference with one last opportunity to celebrate those connections. Attendees will join ACGME leaders and staff members and colleagues to mingle and reflect on all they've learned and experienced over the last three days.

#ACGME2023 Job Board

The online job board will be filled with available positions in GME. Submit postings February 10, 2023. (Conference attendance is not required to submit a job listing.)

Email questions to acgmeexhibits@executivevents.com.


NEW! Meeting and Agenda Closing Dates Posted

ACGME Review and Recognition Committees are updating their meeting and agenda closing dates for future meeting cycles. Review Committee meeting dates are listed on the overview page for each specialty on the ACGME website. The Osteopathic Recognition Committee dates are available here.


NEW! Resident/Fellow Researchers Sought for Emergency Medicine Requirements Project

The Review Committee for Emergency Medicine seeks two individuals to work on a data-driven project related to a major revision of the Program Requirements. The Review Committee will analyze and summarize data on the existing Program Requirements from the previous five years to identify trends and themes that may be relevant to the revision process, with the goal of publishing a summary of findings for the emergency medicine community.

Residents or fellows with an interest in acquiring knowledge and skills in data analysis and preparing a potential scholarly publication are encouraged to apply. The candidate must:

  • be a current resident or fellow in good academic standing in the individual’s emergency medicine or emergency medicine subspecialty program;
  • possess strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; 
  • be able to use judgment consistent with standards, practices, policies, and procedures to make recommendations to resolve problems or issues;
  • have strong computer and typing skills, including expertise with the Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and Zoom;
  • exhibit a strong attention to detail and expert follow-up skills;
  • have time to dedicate to the project; and,
  • be able to maintain confidentiality.

Review the position description for this Intern role here (those interested in applying can apply directly from there).

Email questions to Review Committee Executive Director Felicia Davis, MHA: fdavis@acgme.org.


NEW! Correction Made to Pediatrics Subspecialty Background and Intent

The Subspecialty-Specific Background and Intent related to program director and faculty qualifications was updated in 2021 to extend the date by which the program director and faculty members are expected to hold current subspecialty certification in pediatric hospital medicine to 2025. The new dates were inadvertently omitted from the last revision of the Program Requirements. The updated language has been restored in the documents available on the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications page in the Pediatrics section of the ACGME website.


NEW! Fellowship Eligibility Announcement

Effective July 1, 2023, the Program Requirements for Pediatric Urology and for Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery will include the Common Program Requirements related to fellowship eligibility exceptions. These additional requirements permit eligibility exceptions for exceptionally qualified international graduate applicants. Learn more about the eligibility exception requirements by reviewing Common Program Requirements III.A.1.c)-III.A.1.c).(2) in the Common Program Requirements (Fellowship).

Email questions to Review Committee Executive Director Kathleen Quinn-Leering.


Requirement Clarification - Emergency Medicine

Current Program Requirement II.A.2.b) states:

"Program directors of programs approved for 18-35 residents must be provided no less than 35 percent of the aggregate support defined in the table above, and program directors of programs approved for 36 or more residents must be provided no less than 50 percent of the aggregate support defined in the table above [II.A.2.a)].”(Core)

There has been confusion in the community regarding the term “aggregate.” The Review Committee will initiate a focused revision to make the following change for clarity:

“Program directors of programs approved for 18-35 residents must be provided no less than 35 percent of the aggregate support defined in the table above, and program directors of programs approved for 36 or more residents must be provided no less than 50 percent of the aggregate support defined in the table above [II.A.2.a)].” (Core)


Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) Articles of the Week

Reported Visa Acceptance or Sponsorship for Non-US Citizen Applicants to US Internal Medicine Residency Programs
Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, MD, MS; Ayotola Fatola, MD; Joseph Nwadiuko, MD, MPH, MSHP
The authors of this study investigated factors associated with residency programs that report accepting J-1 visas or sponsoring H-1B visas for non-citizen applicants in internal medicine, the specialty most sought after by international medical graduates (IMGs). While prior evidence shows that most internal medicine programs that substantially enroll IMGs have low Doximity reputation rankings, this study demonstrates that high-ranking internal medicine programs are paradoxically more likely to report that they consider and sponsor visa-seeking applicants.

How the Quadruple Aim Widens the Lens on the Transition to Residency
Michael A. Barone, MD, MPH; Jessica L. Bienstock, MD, MPH; Elise Lovell, MD; John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd; Grant L. Lin, MD, PhD; Jennifer Swails, MD; George C. Mejicano, MD, MS
The Coalition for Physician Accountability recently convened its committee charged with addressing challenges in the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education and making recommendations to improve the transition. This article summarizes those recommendations through the lens of the Quadruple Aim, a framework highlighting the goals of lower costs and improved patient outcomes, care team experiences, and patient experiences.

A Call to Action for Standardizing Letters of Recommendation
Melissa M. Tavarez, MD, MS; Aline Baghdassarian, MD, MPH; Jessica Bailey, MD; et al.

The authors call on GME program leaders to develop and implement residency- and fellowship-specific standardized letters across programs. They cite studies that show standardized letters may reduce implicit biases and better differentiate applicants.


Leadership Skills Training Programs for Chief Residents

Register for March 2-4 and March 6-8 in Chicago by February 1!

Learn More and Register Today

This workshop is designed to provide a transitional experience into the role of chief resident. Small-group sessions and exercises offer incoming chief residents the tools, skills, and a learning environment designed to increase their 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.

All eight programs, held in Chicago and Philadelphia, are open to chief residents from all medical and surgical specialties.

Email questions about the course to Ann Riley. Email registration questions to registration@acgme.org.


Updated Review and Comment Form

The ACGME announces a new Review and Comment form. Responding to feedback from the community on the prior comment form and submission process, staff developed a new electronic form with hope to alleviate some of the administrative burden. The new form reduces the number of steps and keeps the process entirely online. Moving forward, submission of comments on Program Requirements will only be accepted using the electronic form, which will be available on the Review and Comment page of the ACGME website during the 45-day public review and comment period. Impact Statements and the proposed Program Requirements documents will remain on this page until the Board of Directors has voted on them, at which point they will move to the relevant specialty’s section of the website.


Review and Comment

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

Comment Deadline: February 26, 2023

Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Critical Care Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Gastroenterology
Hematology
Hematology and Medical Oncology
Infectious Disease
Interventional Cardiology
Medical Oncology
Pulmonary Critical Care
Pulmonary Disease
Rheumatology
Transplant Hepatology
Sleep Medicine


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2024 ACGME Awards!

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:

  • 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
  • NEW! Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Award
  • Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
  • Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award

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


Provide Feedback on Milestones 2.0

The GME community is invited to give feedback on the drafts of the Milestones listed below. 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.

Submit Feedback by Sunday, February 12, 2023
Adolescent Medicine
Child Abuse Pediatrics
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Critical Care
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatric Rheumatology


Deadline Thursday! Submit Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program Blackout Dates

The window for submitting CLER visit blackout dates is open now through January 26, 2023 for blocking off dates in the period highlighted below. Sponsoring Institutions can submit up to four blackout weeks during this period.

Upcoming Windows for Entering Blackout Weeks

  • January 1-26: Submit requests for April-June 2023
  • April 1-26: Submit requests for July-September 2023
  • July 1-26: Submit requests for October-December 2023
  • October 1-26: Submit requests for January-March 2024

To enter blackout dates in the Accreditation Data System,click here. Review more information and common questions/answers regarding CLER blackout weeks here.

Email questions to CLER@acgme.org.


ACGME Seeks Public Member

The following Review Committee seeks its next public member for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2024. Public 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.

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
Details: Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Emma Breibart- White
Deadline: March 31, 2023


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