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WEDNESDAY! ACGME Equity MattersTM Learning Community
The ACGME seeks organizations to participate in the 2024-2025 ACGME Equity Matters
Learning Community, a community committed to developing robust, sustainable approaches focused on increasing physician diversity and providing inclusive learning and working environments.
Applicants for the Learning Community will form an organizational team and commit to engaging in the 18-month program and producing a capstone project. Learn more about how to participate here.
The application deadline is Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Central
NEW! 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.
NEW! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW! 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.
Email questions to email@example.com.
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
- 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 CreditsTM
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.
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.
Email technical questions to ADS@acgme.org.
Email content questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY! Major Revision of Program Requirements for Anesthesiology Subspecialties Coming Soon
The Review Committee is preparing to begin a major revision of the Program Requirements for the following subspecialties:
*The interim revisions for the Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Obstetric Anesthesiology posted for public comment on May 12, 2023 have been tabled, and will be considered as part of the major revision process now underway. There is potential for additional changes to the previous proposed revisions.
- Adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology
- Anesthesiology critical care medicine
- Obstetric anesthesiology*
- Pediatric anesthesiology
The Review Committee invites comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revisions are developed. In particular, the Review Committee invites comments related to what the respective subspecialties will look like in the future, and the competencies, resources, and personnel necessary to create physicians who will practice in the subspecialty.
The current Program Requirements for the these subspecialties can be accessed from the Program Requirements and FAQs and Applications tab of the Anesthesiology section of the ACGME website.
Comments should be submitted to email@example.com by Thursday, December 7, 2023.
Note: Changes to the ACGME Common Program Requirements are not within the purview of the Review Committee and, therefore, comments related to Common Program Requirements, indicated by bold font in the Requirements documents, should not be submitted and will not be considered.
NEW! 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
NEXT WEEK! The ACGME Seeks Public Members
The following Review Committees seek their 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! Journal of Graduate Medical Education Articles of the Week
Selecting a Quality Improvement Project: 5 Questions for Trainees and Mentors
Molly J. Horstman, MD, MS; Anne M. Tomolo, MD, MPH; Blake Webb, MD; Lindsay Vaclavik, MD
Quality improvement (QI) project selection is a critical yet underdeveloped skill in QI. In this article, the authors provide a framework to help residents and fellows and their mentors standardize project selection discussions, with the goal of identifying projects that improve health care systems for patients, health professionals, and learners.
The Development of an Innovative Crowdsourced Resident Procedure Team Model to Improve Bedside Procedural Proficiency in the Inpatient Setting
Ysabel C. Ilagan-Ying, MD; Robert Cotter, BS; Chang Su, MD; Benjamin A. Rodwin, MD; John C. Huston, MD
Since the American Board of Internal Medicine no longer requires minimum numbers of bedside procedures, many residents are experiencing a more limited ability to supervise other residents. This study evaluated the impact of a novel Resident Procedure Team model, comprised of crowdsourced procedurally proficient peers, combined with peer-led simulation training, on residents’ procedural output and confidence.
SAVE THE DATE! 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 will be offered in 2024:
Additional information and registration will be announced soon on the ACGME website and in a future e-Communication.
- 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
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.