NEW! Statement on Improving Health through DEI

The ACGME and other leading health care and medical associations from across the country recently made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, as a means to help improve the health of the nation.

Read the Statement in the ACGME Newsroom

NEW! FSMB, Intealth, ACGME Establish Advisory Commission to Guide Alternate Pathways for State Licensure of International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

FSMB, Intealth™, and the ACGME jointly announced the formation of the Advisory Commission on Alternate Licensing Models, which aims to provide guidance and recommendations on alternative pathways for state licensure of physicians who have completed training and/or practiced outside of the US, predominantly IMGs. The goal is to address disparities and uncertainties arising from different proposals for licensing requirements among states while ensuring patient safety and the readiness of physicians to practice in the American health care system.

Read the full announcement on the ACGME website.


DEADLINE EXTENDED! 2025 Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award


 The Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award recognizes efforts to achieve DEI in graduate medical education. The award recognizes ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions and programs, as well as specialty organizations and non-profit organizations working to diversify the underrepresented physician workforce and create inclusive workplaces that foster humane, civil, and equitable environments.

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The nominations for all other ACGME Awards are now closed.

NEW! Submit Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Site Visit Blackout Weeks by April 26

The window for submitting CLER Site Visit Blackout Weeks is now open through April 26, 2024 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

  • April 1-26: Submit requests for July-September 2024
  • July 1-26: Submit requests for October-December 2024
  • October 1-26: Submit requests for January-March 2025
  • January 1-26: Submit requests for April-June 2025

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

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NEW! Join the ACGME Clinician Educator Journal Club

The ACGME's new Clinician Educator Journal Club is a monthly online meeting on the third Thursday of each month gathering together current and future clinician educators, authors, and ACGME staff members to discuss the latest journal articles and timely topics in medical education.

Article: Strategies for Navigating Authorship
When: Thursday, April 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
Speakers: Mary Haas, MD, MHPE and Anthony Artino, PhD
Moderator: ACGME Director of Faculty Development and Special Projects Kate Hatlak, EdD

Register Today

These meetings give participants the opportunity to hear directly from authors on critical topics in medical education and offer lively discussions that bring out nuances and enhance understanding of content, and improve knowledge, skills, and abilities as educators. This resource is offered by the ACGME at no charge to the GME community. New topics, articles, and speakers will be offered each session, and participants should read the article ahead of time and come with questions.

Medically Underserved Areas and Populations (MUA/P) Interest Group Sessions

The ACGME is launching monthly virtual interest group sessions for GME community members who are involved in addressing the needs of MUA/Ps. MUA/Ps are places or communities in which groups of people have unmet health or health care needs.

Join the first session!
An Overview of VA GME Funding and the VA Mission Act
Tuesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. Central
Complete this form to RSVP

These one-hour Zoom calls will take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Central and are open to the entire GME community. During these sessions, participants will provide information about efforts in GME and MUA/P, solve for common challenges, and share helpful resources. GME institution and program leaders will connect with peers and ACGME representatives in breakout groups or discussion.

Back to Bedside Funding Available

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 Back to Bedside funding cycle offers two options for applicants to consider:

  • 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 by April 22, 2024.

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ACGME Seeks Members for MUA/P Advisory Group

The ACGME seeks nominations of a resident/fellow and a senior clinical executive leader (e.g., chief executive officer, chief medical officer, chief nursing officer) for the MUA/P Advisory Group. This group provides consultation concerning implementation of the ACGME’s framework for MUA/P and GME.

The senior clinical executive leader will serve up to three years with the option of renewing for an additional three-year term. The resident/fellow will serve two-year terms. Self-nominations are accepted.

Details: Additional information is available on the MUA/P Advisory Group web page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Laney McDougal
Deadline: April 26, 2024

NEW! Shaping GME Major Requirement Revision - Call for Comments

Every 10 years, Review Committees are required to review their specialty-specific 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, the writing group drafts and proposes revisions to the Program Requirements that will prepare learners for current and future practice.

The following writing group requests feedback: 

Deadline: May 15, 2024
Details: The scenario-based planning Summary of Themes and Insights and the electronic Review and Comment Form are available here.

WEDNESDAY! Subspecialty Proposal

As part of the ongoing effort to encourage participation of the GME community and the public in the process of reviewing potential new specialties or subspecialties for accreditation, the ACGME offers a 45-day comment period to the community of interest regarding proposed new specialties and subspecialties. Information about the subspecialty currently under consideration and the accompanying proposal are available for review here.

Health Security (Multidisciplinary)

Proposed Program Requirements

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

Neurocritical Care

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
Obstetric Anesthesiology
Pediatric Anesthesiology

NEW! Journal of Graduate Medical Education Articles of the Week

Improving Pediatric Fellows’ Feedback Skills and Confidence Through Objective Structured Examinations 
Jennifer C. Yu, MD; Kyung E. Rhee, MD, MSc, MA; Zephyr D. Dworsky, MD; Annie Larrow, MD, MS; Patrick Passarelli, MD; Aarti Patel, MD, MEd Delivering effective feedback is an essential communication skill for learners who are also educators. An observed structured feedback examination was developed at an academic children’s hospital to provide feedback training to pediatric fellows and assess changes in skills and self-reported confidence. This led to a moderate improvement in fellows’ performance, confidence, and three-month retention of feedback skills.

Are There Sufficient ACGME-Accredited GME Positions Leading to Eligibility for Initial Board Certification to Absorb UME Growth in the United States?
Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP ACGME President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP examines the expansion of undergraduate medical education (UME) in relation to the number of resident/fellow positions in ACGME-accredited GME programs by showing data from 2001 to 2023.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Direct Observation Toolkit Online Workshop Sessions

Register now for one of three, free, identical workshops and improve the frequency and quality of your direct observation of learners with patients. 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 toolkit
    • Earn up to 1.5 units of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM


          • Monday, April 29: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central
          • Thursday, August 1: 12:30-2:00 p.m. Central
          • Monday, November 4: 12:30-2:00 p.m. Central

            Register Now

            Explore the ACGME’s Improving Assessment Using Direct Observation Toolkit with ACGME experts and toolkit authors. 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. The toolkit is available at no cost to the GME community through the ACGME’s online learning portal, Learn at ACGME.

            FRIDAY! Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents

            Limited spots are available for the following sessions. 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. The following sessions are available:

              • May 6-8, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - DEADLINE FRIDAY!
              • May 9-11, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - DEADLINE FRIDAY!
              • June 13-15, Chicago, Illinois
              • June 18-20, Chicago, Illinois

                  Register Today!

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

                  A Systems Approach to Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment 

                  This course will be offered May 5-10, 2024 at the ACGME office in Chicago, Illinois. Spots are filling fast; sign up today.

                  The course is designed to help participants build effective assessment programs for their residency or fellowship. Sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including simulation practice, peer consultations, and application exercises, to provide participants with methods and tools for effective assessment. The course also provides a roadmap for developing an assessment system to assist participants in implementing changes within their own institution.

                  Learn More and Register

                  Email questions to Faculty Development Program Manager Chandra Hill.

                  Review Committee Nominations: Resident Member

                  The following Review Committee seeks its next resident member for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2024. The resident member must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited neurological surgery program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of residency.

                  NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
                  Details: Additional information is available under the Documents and Resources tab on the Neurological Surgery page of the ACGME website.
                  Contact: Jennifer Luna
                  Deadline: April 19, 2024

                  Case Number Requirement Changes in Nuclear Radiology

                  The Review Committee for Radiology recently discussed the availability and volume of the overall number of pediatric nuclear cases, and how many nuclear radiology fellows can take credit per case. The Review Committee determined it will no longer enforce Program Requirement IV.B.1.b).(2).(b).(i), which requires a minimum of 100 pediatric cases per fellow.

                  While all fellows must have experience in pediatric cases, it is the responsibility of the program director to determine how much pediatric experience each fellow needs to achieve competence to enter autonomous practice.

                  Email questions to Associate Executive Director Jenny Campbell.

                  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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