December 5, 2022

December 5, 2022

EVENT TOMORROW! Foundational Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Education

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.

Register for the Forum


Register for #ACGME2023 Today!

Conference registration is now open! Join the ACGME and attendees from across graduate medical education (GME) for three full days of  engaging and connecting with colleagues and peers through educational sessions and exciting activities. Review the 2023 ACGME Annual Educational Conference COVID-19 Policies and Vaccination Requirement to see efforts to ensure a safe conference.

Only registered attendees will have access to th

e conference hotel room block—register as soon as possible to secure a room. Early bird registration ends January 9, 2023. 

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Conference Highlight: Job Board Postings

Members of the GME community are invited to submit postings for the conference's online job board! Submit postings by February 10, 2023. (Conference attendance not required to submit a job listing.) Additionally, the Exhibit Hall will give exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to build valuable connections and strengthen brand visibility with thousands of attendees. 

Review the 2023 Exhibitor Prospectus

Reserve a Booth or Sponsorship

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NEW! Non-Standard Training (NST) Program Description Form Available

A Sponsoring Institution with NST Recognition must provide additional information for each of its NST programs in the ACGME’s Accreditation Data System (ADS). The form will be completed in ADS for all NST programs. The NST Program Description form can be found here.

For any questions, email

NEW! Office Hours with the Vice President, Sponsoring Institutions

To assist with changes related to institutional accreditation and recognition, Paul Foster Johnson, vice president, Sponsoring Institutions, will host office hours for discussions with GME community members. The office hours provide an informal opportunity for GME community members to get answers to their questions on the following topic:

Recognition of Sponsoring Institutions with Non-Standard Training Programs for Physicians with J-1 Visas
December 19 at 11:00 a.m. Central
Meeting ID: 963 6777 4037 (ID is linked)
Passcode: 844053

No advance registration or RSVP is required. Email questions to

NEW! Case Log Update for Gynecologic Oncology

Improvements have been made to the ACGME Case Log System to improve logging for gynecologic oncology fellows. "Disease site/category" is now optional and entered through a drop-down menu at the top of the screen. Additionally, fellows will log administration of chemotherapy and targeted therapeutic cycles (not patients) and can “batch enter” the cycles. Chemoradiation is no longer logged. The Case Log now includes “Favorites” lists to facilitate logging common cases. Case Log reports will also more meaningfully present data on splenectomy, diaphragmatic stripping/resection, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and lymphadenectomy procedures.

The updated Case Log Instructions: Gynecologic Oncology document is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section of the ACGME website. The “Common Questions” section includes guidance on logging chemotherapy and targeted therapeutic cycles.

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NEW! Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Complement Distribution Requests

The Review Committee developed a new process and guidelines for complement distribution requests where annual temporary complement requests are not required. This document can be found on the Documents and Resources page in the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery section of the ACGME website. As of now, complement distribution requests should be submitted using the new process.

Email questions to Accreditation Administrator Randie Salerno, MBA.

REGISTRATION OPEN! Leadership Skills Training Programs for Chief Residents

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

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

Ethnic and Racial Differences in Ratings in the Medical Student Standardized Letters of Evaluation (SLOE)
Al'ai Alvarez, MD; Alexandra Mannix, MD; Dayle Davenport, MD; Katarzyna Gore, MD; Sara M. Krzyzaniak, MD; Melissa Parsons, MD; Danielle T. Miller, MD, MEd; Daniel Eraso, MD; Sandra Monteiro, PhD;
Teresa M. Chan, MD, MHPE; Michael Gottlieb, MD

The SLOE stratifies the assessment of emergency medicine-bound applicants. In this Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Brief Report, the authors assess whether underrepresented in medicine (UIM) and non-UIM applicants are rated differently in SLOE components. 

Improving Residency Applicant Personal Statements by Decreasing Hired Contractor Involvement
Robert E. Johnstone, MD; Manuel C. Vallejo, MD, DMD; Mark Zakowski, MD
Many applicants using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are purchasing the services of support businesses or hired contractors to review and revise their submissions. These contractors can distort applicant information, increase student debt, and create potential ethical problems. In this Perspectives article, the authors provide recommendations for programs to improve their residency program applications.

Review and Comment

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

Comment Deadline: January 11, 2023
Brain Injury Medicine – Major Revision

Program Emergency Categorization

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.

More information is available in the COVID-19 section of the ACGME website and in the ADS Help Center.

Email with questions.

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.

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