April 29, 2024

April 29, 2024
Review and Comment: Proposed Program Requirements

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

Geriatric Medicine
Comment Deadline: June 5, 2024
Addiction Medicine
Clinical Informatics

NEXT WEEK! Review and Comment: Milestones

A new draft of the Interventional Pulmonology Milestones is available for review and comment.

Interventional Pulmonology

Email questions to milestones@acgme.org.

NEW! Office Hours for Neurological Surgery Available in New York

Neurological surgery program leaders can meet with the ACGME Review Committee Executive Director and Chair during the Society of Neurological Surgeons 2024 Annual Meeting Saturday, May 18, 2024, in New York, New York.

Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis and will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel from 12:00-3:30 p.m. Central.

Email Associate Executive Director Jennifer Luna with questions or to schedule an appointment.

NEW! Case Log Update for Radiology

The Review Committee for Radiology sent a notification to radiology programs last week announcing upcoming revisions to the ACGME Case Log System for Radiology, which will be deployed this Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Note: There is no need to re-enter any prior procedural data. 

Updates include a new hierarchical nomenclature organized by diagnostic and interventional radiology categories. The Review Committee expects all diagnostic and interventional radiology residents to enter all procedures they perform in their program. Interventional radiology residents should also record all new outpatient interventional radiology clinic encounters. Diagnostic imaging studies should continue to be entered in aggregate based on prior CPT code definitions, and this may be managed by program coordinators rather than by individual residents. Users may need to create new favorites lists for selected procedures.

Note that options have been added to log I-131 and parenteral nuclear therapies, as well as hands-on ultrasound cases, and that I-131 and parenteral nuclear therapies recorded in the ACGME Case Log System will not be shared with the American Board of Nuclear Medicine or Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Approval for Authorized User status is not managed by the ACGME.

More detail on entering imaging, procedural, and clinic encounters in the Case Log System can be found in the following documents on the Documents and Resources tab of the Radiology section of the ACGME website: 

  • Diagnostic Radiology - Case Log Categories and Required Minimum Numbers 
  • Interventional Radiology - Guidelines for IR Case Logs and Patient Procedural Encounters Logs
  • Interventional Radiology (Independent) - Case Log Categories and Required Minimum Number
  • Interventional Radiology (Integrated) - Case Log Categories and Required Minimum Number

Contact Review Committee staff members (contact details for whom can be found on the Radiology section of the website) with questions or issues with the revisions, or if procedures need to be added.

NEW! Updated Surgery Block Diagram Template

Updated guidance, via a fillable block diagram template, is now available for general surgery programs. Programs should ensure that the new format is used and uploaded for the 2024 Accreditation Data System (ADS) Annual Update.

Contact Review Committee staff members (contact details for whom can be found on the Surgery section of the website) with questions.

NEXT WEEK! Institutional Update Reminders, Resources, and Office Hours

The ACGME emailed designated institutional officials (DIOs) and institutional coordinators last week with key information about the ADS Annual Update. Resources to assist in the update are available in the ADS Help Center. Offices hours to discuss the changes and answer questions will be held using this link on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central on May 7, June 4, July 9, and July 30.

Email questions to sponsoringinstitutions@acgme.org.

NEXT WEEK! 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.

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.

Monday, May 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Central
Tuesday, May 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
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Tuesday, May 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central 
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Email questions to Director, Sponsoring Institutions Katharina Wang.

Radiation Oncology Holman Pathway Specialty Track Available

Effective April 25, 2024, radiation oncology programs can identify Holman Pathway residents in their 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). 

Email technical questions to ADS@acgme.org.

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

Motivations for Entrustable Professional Activity Assessment: Gaps Between Curriculum Theory and Resident Reality
Neil Dhami, MD; Deena M. Hamza, PhD; Vijay J. Daniels, MD, MHPE
Residents are expected to engage in competency-based medical education (CBME) and often to take the lead on obtaining assessments, but an understanding of what motivates residents to do so is lacking. This qualitative study of residents enrolled in CBME programs found that fulfilling a program requirement was the dominant motivation for obtaining entrustable professional activities, and very few residents were motivated primarily by a desire to drive learning and self-improvement.

Artificial Intelligence in Graduate Medical Education Applications
Sarah Mangold, DO; Margie Ream, MD, PhD
Until there are more nuanced and generally agreed-upon national guidelines on the use of AI in application preparation, graduate medical education (GME) programs should consider posting explicit policies on their websites regarding the use of AI in preparing application materials.

NEW EPISODE! Hot Topics in MedEd Podcast

Mary R.C. Haas, MD, MHPE and Anthony R. Artino Jr., PhD discuss their February 2024 JGME article about strategies to navigate authorship, focusing on ethical dilemmas that might arise. Hosted by JGME Editor-in-Chief Gail M. Sullivan, MD, MPH, this episode provides advice to authors at all stages of their careers. Click here to listen.

Read the accompanying article: Strategies for Navigating Authorship

NEW! Institutional Coordinator Workshops

The ACGME will host two virtual seven-week Institutional Coordinator Workshops in the summer and fall of 2024.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Central on July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, and August 30

FALL 2024
1:00-3:00 p.m. Central October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 29, December 6, and December 13

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Registration will open Monday, May 13. Each session is limited to 50 institutional coordinators on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $499 per participant. At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Email questions to Accreditation and Recognition Administrator, Sponsoring Institutions Philip Jackson.

NEW! MUA/P Interest Group Session

The ACGME hosts a monthly virtual interest group sessions for GME community members involved in addressing the needs of Medically Underserved Areas and Populations (MUA/Ps). MUA/Ps are places or communities in which groups of people have unmet health or health care needs.

Resident Recruitment and Retention: A Resident’s Perspective
Tuesday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. Central
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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 group.

ACGME Clinician Educator Journal Club

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

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.

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