The ACGME, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine would like feedback on their initiative to create a common set of foundational competencies for use in undergraduate medical education programs in the US.
Members of the graduate medical education (GME) community can provide comments using this form, or by participating in the final discussion forum on December 6 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern.
The ACGME provides a detailed breakdown of what to expect as a first-time attendee to maximize the conference experience. The First-Time Attendee page provides helpful tips and key information to prepare attendees before arriving at #ACGME2023. In addition to providing information to newcomers, the ACGME conference pages also include several other conference resources.
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The Exhibit Hall will give exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to build valuable connections and strengthen brand visibility with thousands of attendees. The conference will also feature an online job board; submit postings by February 10, 2023. (Conference attendance not required to submit a job listing.)
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The ACGME has developed a process to allow accredited programs to request Program Emergency Categorization when planned resident/fellow experiences are disrupted due to a local epidemic/pandemic surge. Program Emergency Categorization can be requested only if the program, in collaboration with its institutional leadership, has first exhausted all other actual and potential sources of clinical support, and disrupting the GME experience to meet patient care needs is a last resort. The new program-level designation resembles the existing Sponsoring Institution Emergency Categorization request process. In all cases, Sponsoring Institutions and programs must ensure that residents and fellows can successfully complete their programs and become eligible for board certification.
The process is now available, and program directors, with approval of their DIO, can initiate requests in the Accreditation Data System (ADS). The designated institutional official (DIO), in collaboration with the Graduate Medical Education Committee and clinical leaders, must provide oversight and support for the program(s) responding to emergency conditions, particularly in considering all other potential sources of clinical support, to ensure timely completion of the curriculum for each resident/fellow. Program Emergency Categorization can be requested in 30-day increments for up to 90 days in a given academic year (July 01-June 30). The Program Emergency Categorization request can be applied retroactively up to 30 days. COVID-19 is the default type for requests, although other types may be added later.
Of special note, the ACGME will allow programs experiencing significant RSV/flu/COVID-19 surges to request Program Emergency Categorization.
Programs with Program Emergency Categorization will have temporary relief from Program Requirements except for those pertaining to: patient and resident/fellow safety (including access to COVID-19 testing); clinical and educational work hour requirements; adequate resources for education/training; adequate supervision; and fellows functioning in their core (primary) specialty (not applicable to residency programs). Additionally, program accreditation/recognition site visit postponements can be requested.
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The Committee is currently seeking members from the following communities of health care professionals:
Members will be selected based on current needs, professional qualifications, geographic distribution, and diversity in gender and race, and recommended to the ACGME Board of Directors for confirmation. All terms will begin July 1, 2023. The term for the resident/fellow member is two years (non-renewable). The other openings are three-year terms with the option to renew. Meetings are held in person in Chicago. Meeting dates for 2023 are:
Dates for 2024 and beyond have not yet been selected. Typically, the Committee meets four times each year in January, April, July, and October.
For more information or to request a nomination form, email Ana Sainz. Nominations are due November 30, 2022.
Updates to resources for RTP designation are available on the RTP web page on the ACGME website. Changes reflect updates to rural tracks in federal law and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy.
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The ACGME has updated its form for collecting Review and Comment feedback. The change is designed to be more user friendly and reduce administrative burden.
The following Program and Recognition Requirements and accompanying Impact Statement are posted for review and comment, here:
NEW! Comment Deadline: January 11, 2023
Brain Injury Medicine – Major Revision
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 are open to chief residents from all medical and surgical specialties. Programs will be offered in Chicago, Illinois:
Programs will be offered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
The brochure and registration will be available soon. Email questions to Ann Riley.
Real-Time Dual Video Conferencing of Simulated Tracheostoma Maturation During Residency Interviews
Andrew J. Goates, MD; Robert J. Macielak, MD; Ryan A. McMillan, MD; Susan E. Bisco, MA; Semirra L. Bayan, MD; Janalee K. Stokken, MD
This Brief Report examines the feasibility of a suturing simulation developed and implemented during otolaryngology - head and neck surgery residency interviews for the 2020-2021 cycle at one program using two-camera video conferencing to see both the candidate's face and the candidate's hands during the exercise.
Storytelling and Written Reflection: Tools to Foster Meaning and Connection in Graduate Medical Education Settings
Breanne Jaqua, DO, MPH; Wali Johnson, MD, MPH; Gabriel Daniels, MD; Amanda S. Xi, MD, MSE
Storytelling and narrative medicine are simple, relatively low-cost opportunities that can be leveraged to improve resident education and well-being and, ultimately, patient health. This News and Views article explores a one-hour session on storytelling and written reflection hosted by the ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents at the 2022 ACGME Annual Educational Conference. The encouraging responses showed that such sessions can not only provide tools to the GME community that can foster meaning and connection, but also allow them to be practiced in real time.
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.