December 11, 2023

December 11, 2023


Activity Spotlight: Community Engagement

Attendees can participate in several opportunities to give back to the Orlando community. One of these is the program, ACGME Paving the Path to Medicine: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which will take place Thursday, March 7 at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

In lieu of participating in a Full-Day Course, conference attendees can opt to participate in and gain first-hand experience with a pathway program they can replicate at their own institution for a lasting impact on diversifying the physician workforce.

Registered conference attendees can sign up to volunteer today!

Join the more than 2,600 people who have already signed up to attend the 2024 ACGME Annual Educational Conference and 
register today!

OPEN TO ALL! Post Job Opportunities on the Annual Educational Conference Job Board
The conference Job Board is available earlier than ever before, giving recruiters, institutions, and programs the opportunity to post open positions starting now and reach thousands of graduate medical education (GME) community job seekers before and throughout the conference. Additionally, the conference will host in-person recruiters and offer career resources for attendees in a dedicated area of the Exhibit Hall.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED! ACGME Equity Matters Learning Community

The ACGME seeks organizations to participate in the 2024-2025 ACGME Equity Matters Learning Community. Through this immersive 18-month facilitated program, organizational teams will work with industry experts and faculty member facilitators to develop and implement projects that address workforce diversity and build inclusive learning environments.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
NEXT WEEK! Direct Observation Toolkit Online Workshop

Explore the ACGME’s new Improving Assessment Using Direct Observation Toolkit with ACGME experts and toolkit authors. Two free workshops will be held in December and February to walk participants through the materials.

Register for One of the Following Sessions
Tuesday, December 19: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Central

Monday, February 12: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Central

Participants will:

  • Learn and discuss the importance of direct observation and feedback in competency-based medical education
  • Practice using a framework to improve their ability to make high-quality observations of residents
  • Understand how to use the online toolkit
  • Earn up to 1.5 units of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

The toolkit offers faculty development curricula for institutions that can be adapted to local needs and provides individual faculty members with techniques that will help them become better educators. It is available at no cost to the GME community through the ACGME’s online learning portal, Learn at ACGME.

Back to Bedside: Funding Available for Resident- and Fellow-Driven Projects!

The ACGME's Back to Bedside initiative is designed to empower residents and fellows to develop transformative projects that foster meaning and joy in work and allow them to engage on a deeper level with what is at the heart of medicine: their patients.

This initiative supports resident- and fellow-directed innovations. Awardees participate in Learning Collaboratives throughout the funding period to workshop and refine their projects and develop leadership skills. The work is shared on a national platform in a variety of ways.

This Back to Bedside funding cycle offers two options for applicants to consider: Open Innovation proposals and Project in a Box - Focused Innovation proposals.

  • The Open Innovation option is intended to provide flexibility for novel proposals.
  • The Project in a Box - Focused Innovation option offers residents and fellows from all specialties a successful project example to use as inspiration for further innovation.

Proposals are due April 22, 2024.

Help spread the word! Email or post this flyer to share with residents and fellows.

Program Director Feedback Request: RDE Project

The ACGME initiated the RDE project to improve the accessibility, accuracy, and reliability of ACGME location data and to identify rural and underserved GME experiences. As part of this project, the ACGME seeks specialty program director input about tracks within ACGME-accredited programs.

Use the link below to provide input. The form will close 
Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Email questions to

Accreditation Site Visit and Self-Study Updates for Programs

Effective October 2023, the ACGME has officially discontinued 10-Year Accreditation Site Visits for programs. While the Self-Study is still required (Common Program Requirement V.C.2.), it will no longer be linked to or reviewed during a site visit. All program 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit and Self-Study dates have been removed in the Accreditation Data System (ADS).

The Site Visit and Self-Study sections of the ACGME website have been updated to reflect these changes. The ACGME Manual of Policies and Procedures reflects these changes as well.

Previously, all programs with a status of Continued Accreditation, Continued Accreditation with Warning, and Continued Accreditation without Outcomes were assigned both a Self-Study and a 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit date. The review of the program Self-Study was then incorporated into the 10-Year Accreditation Site Visit process. Between March 2020-October 2023, program Self-Studies and 10-Year Accreditation Site Visits were postponed and delinked.

Note: The Sponsoring Institution Self-Study and 10-year Accreditation Site Visits will continue according to the plan outlined on the Institutional Self-Study page of the ACGME website.

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Milestones Mid-Year Reporting
The reporting window will stay open through Friday, January 12, 2024. Milestones assessments can be submitted via ADS at any point during the reporting window. FAQs can be found on the ACGME website.

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NEW! Changes to Temporary Complement Increase Requests for Less than 90 Days

To reduce burden for the GME community and better align with the Institutional Requirements related to leaves of absence, Review Committees will allow extensions of education up to 90 days without requiring formal submission of a temporary complement increase request. This change applies to all specialty/subspecialty programs except one-year programs, and is effective today, December 11, 2023. Requests for temporary changes in complement longer than 90 days are still required and must be approved by the designated institutional official prior to being submitted in ADS for Review Committee consideration.

Instructions have been updated in ADS in the “Complement Change Request” section to alert users of the change; guidance in the Guide to the Common Program Requirements (Residency) (III.B. Resident Complement) also reflects the change. Review Committees are updating guidance on this process in specialty-specific documents, which will be available on the Documents and Resources tab of the respective specialty section of the website and announced via this e-Communication.

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NEW! Director of Osteopathic Education ADS Login Credentials

To improve security and confidentiality, the ACGME no longer attaches Letters of Notification and Site Visit Announcement Letters to their respective email communications. New and existing Directors of Osteopathic Education must maintain their own ADS login credentials both to review these letters and ensure the accuracy of Osteopathic Recognition information in ADS.

Instructions for granting Directors of Osteopathic Education access to ADS are on page 5 of the Osteopathic Recognition Application Instructions document available on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website.

Email questions to Accreditation Administrator Brandon Beard.

Shaping GME: Call for Comments

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.

The process convenes specialty-specific writing groups, who, along with members of the specialty community and leaders from other specialties and related fields, rigorously and creatively consider what the specialty will look like in the future (recognizing that the future is marked with significant uncertainty). Out of this process, writing groups draft and propose revisions to the Program Requirements that will prepare the learners for current practice and generations to come.

The following writing group requests feedback. The scenario-based planning summary of themes and insights is posted for review and comment here. Submit comments using the electronic review and comment form.

Deadline: January 3, 2024

DEADLINE FRIDAY! The ACGME Seeks a 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.

Details: Additional information is available under the Documents and Resources tab on the Nuclear Medicine page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Bianca Andino
Deadline: December 15, 2023

NEW EPISODE! Hot Topics in MedEd Podcast

Chevon Onumah, MD and Matthew G. Tuck, MD discuss their editorial from the October 2023 issue of JGME, “Everyone Looks the Same in ERAS! Differentiating Between an Increasingly Homogenous Pool of Graduate Medical Education Applicants.” The pair discusses strategies to ensure selection of candidates who will be able to thrive in their chosen specialties and programs.

Read the accompanying article: Everyone Looks the Same in ERAS! Differentiating Between an Increasingly Homogenous Pool of Graduate Medical Education Applicants

NEW! Articles of the Week

Remaining Steadfast During Times of Uncertainty—Recruiting a Diverse GME Physician Workforce to Achieve Health Equity
Laura A. Hanyok, MD; Marquita C. Genies, MD, MPH; Jessica L. Bienstock, MD, MPH
The recent US Supreme Court decisions, Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. Presidents and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina, may not initially impact GME, but will inevitability impact GME workforce diversity by narrowing the pipeline for medical students from underrepresented backgrounds. The authors of this Perspective write that it is crucial to remain dedicated to creating a diverse GME learning community while approaching GME recruitment in a changed legal environment.

Enriching Resident Engagement During Whiteboard Mini-Talks
Ryan E. Nelson, MD; Christopher D. Jackson, MD; Yihan Yang, MD, MHS-MedEd; Daniel N. Ricotta, MD
Whiteboard mini-talks have long been a preferred teaching modality for residents. Yet busy clinical teachers often resort to passive learning practices, risking resident disengagement. This article details eight strategies for enriching resident engagement throughout whiteboard mini-talks aimed at cultivating the learning environment, amplifying active learning, captivating learners’ attention, and facilitating reflection.

REGISTRATION OPEN! Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents 2024 Dates Announced

The Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents is designed to provide a transitional experience into the role of chief resident. The program introduces leadership concepts to enhance individual effectiveness in a leadership role.

The program is three full days and is open to chief residents from all medical and surgical specialties.

Eight sessions are offered in 2024:

  • March 25-27, Chicago, Illinois
  • April 8-10, Redondo Beach, California
  • April 11-13, Redondo Beach, California
  • April 29-May 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 6-8, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 9-11, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • June 13-15, Chicago, Illinois
  • June 18-20, Chicago, Illinois

Email questions to Manager, Well-Being Initiatives Bethanie Alden.

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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