April 22, 2024

April 23, 2024
NEW! Request for Input on Second Draft of the Foundational Competencies for UME

The ACGME, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) are requesting your input on a second draft of the foundational competencies for undergraduate medical education. Use the survey link to review the draft competencies and provide your input by April 30, 2024.

This work is part of a multi-year initiative led by the ACGME, AAMC, and AACOM to create a common set of foundational competencies for use in undergraduate medical education programs in the US. This initiative aligns with recommendations outlined in the Undergraduate Medical Education-Graduate Medical Education Review Committee and is part of a comprehensive effort to improve the transition to residency.

TODAY! Back to Bedside Proposals Due
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.

Deadline is Today, April 22 2024!

Learn More

TODAY! Milestones Reporting Opens

The reporting window will be open through June 28, 2024. Milestones assessments can be submitted via the Accreditation Data System (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 milestones@acgme.org.

FRIDAY! 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 a two-year term. 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

FRIDAY! Submit CLER Site Visit Blackout Weeks

The window for submitting Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Site Visit Blackout Weeks to block off dates in the period highlighted below closes Friday. Sponsoring Institutions can submit up to four blackout weeks during this period.


  • 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 ADS, click here. Review more information and common questions/answers regarding CLER blackout weeks here.

Email questions to CLER@acgme.org.

NEW! ACGME Clinician Educator Journal Club May Session Announced

Hear directly from authors on critical topics in medical education and participate in lively discussions that bring out nuances and enhance understanding of content.

Article: A Standards-Based Checklist for Program Evaluation as Scholarly Activity
When: May 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
Speakers: Deborah Simpson, PhD
Moderator: ACGME Director of Faculty Development and Special Projects Kate Hatlak, EdD

Register Today

This monthly online even occurs on the third Thursday of each month. This resource is offered at no cost to the GME community. New topics, articles, and speakers will be offered each session. Participants should read the article ahead of time and come with questions.

Review and Comment on Milestones

A new draft of the Interventional Pulmonology Milestones is available for review and comment. Distribute this link to colleagues, fellows, and any others who may want to provide insight.

Interventional Pulmonology

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.

NEW! Journal of Graduate Medical Education Articles of the Week

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Situational Judgment Testing Among Applicants to an Anesthesiology Residency Program
Victoria Rosales, MD; Christopher Conley, MD; Mark C. Norris, MD
The authors examined the effects of race/ethnicity, sex, and US versus international medical school attendance on Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) performance. The results suggest CASPer scores favor White applicants over Black and Hispanic ones and applicants attending US medical schools over those attending international medical schools.

Mobile Application to Improve Just-in-Time Two-Way Formative Feedback in Graduate Medical Education
Jane Rowat, MS; Girish Mhatre, MCS; Manish Suneja, MD
The authors designed an iOS app to capture entrustable professional activities (EPA)-based feedback (e.g., informed consent) based on direct observation of residents’ skills in the workplace. They found the app facilitates the efficient completion of EPA-based formative assessments and captures bidirectional feedback in the workplace setting.

This Is Our Lane: The Urgent Need to Train Residents to Talk About Firearm Injury Prevention for Children
Alyssa H. Silver, MD; Lindsay Tishberg, MD; Priti Bhansali, MD, MEd
Firearm injuries are currently the leading cause of death of one-to-19-year-olds in the US, surpassing motor vehicle injuries as the leading cause of death in 2020. The authors state firearm injury prevention must remain a national public health priority. They provide educational resources for GME educators.

NEW! Institutional Update Reminders, Resources, and Office Hours

The ACGME has created resources available in the ADS Help Center to help designated institutional officials (DIOs) and institutional coordinators prepare for changes made in ADS. Use this link to attend office hours about the ADS Annual Update on these dates:

  • May 7, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central
  • June 4, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central
  • July 9, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central 

Updated taxonomy fields for Sponsoring Institutions and participating sites must be completed as part of this academic year's update. Validation text for these fields will begin appearing in late April and must be completed by the time the Annual Update window closes.

Email questions to sponsoringinstitutions@acgme.org.

Institutional Staff Members to Offer Office Hours

Director, Sponsoring Institutions Katharina Wang and Vice President, Sponsoring Institutions Paul Foster Johnson will host office hours to answer questions about recognition of Sponsoring Institutions with Non-Standard Training (NST) programs for physicians with J-1 visas and for a health care administration, leadership, and management fellowship. No registration is required.

THURSDAY! Thursday, April 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Central
Monday, May 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Central
Tuesday, May 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central

Click Here to Participate

TUESDAY! Tuesday, April 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Central
Tuesday, May 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central

Click Here to Participate

Email questions to Director, Sponsoring Institutions Katharina Wang.

Submit Input for Major Revision of Program Requirements for Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics

The Review Committees for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics are preparing for a major revision of the Program Requirements for combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics. In particular, the Review Committees invite comments related to specific Requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Requirements are developed. The current set of Requirements is available in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics sections of the ACGME website.

Submit comments to internal_medicine@acgme.org by May 7, 2024.

Note: Changes to the ACGME Common Program Requirements are not within the purview of the Review Committees and, therefore, comments related to Common Program Requirements, indicated by bold font in the Requirements document, should not be submitted and will not be considered.

Radiation Oncology Holman Pathway Specialty Track Available

Radiation oncology programs now can identify Holman Pathway residents in the Resident Roster. In the "Residents" section of ADS, under "2. Resident Status," choose "Holman Pathway" as the Specialty Track for the applicable resident(s). The Case Log Report will reflect the Holman Pathway procedure minimum requirements for the selected resident(s). This change will be implemented April 25.

NEXT WEEK! 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.

Email technical questions to ADS@acgme.org.

Shaping GME: 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.

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.