February 12, 2024

February 12, 2024
Regarding Notice of Invalidated USMLE Scores

Some examinees and programs have received notice of invalidated USMLE scores after an investigation of anomalous exam performance associated with test takers in Nepal.

The ACGME provides the following guidance:

  • For inquiries related to Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate status from those who received notice of test invalidation, contact Tracy Wallowicz at twallowicz@intealth.org.
  • UPDATED CONTACT: For inquiries regarding implications of test invalidation and opportunities to retest, contact the USMLE via Alex Mechaber at amechaber@nbme.org.
  • For ACGME-accredited programs:
    • Residents who have an invalidated ECFMG certificate are no longer eligible to participate in the program unless/until the certificate is reinstated. (Common Program Requirement III.A.1.b).(1))
    • Per ACGME Institutional Requirement IV.D.1.b), residents must have access to due process related to suspension or dismissal from a program.

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    More than 4,000 people have already registered; on-site registration will be available in Orlando. The hotel room block has sold out; view alternative accommodations.

    Annual Educational Conference Job Board

    Recruiters, institutions, and programs can post open positions and reach thousands of GME community job seekers before and throughout the conference. At the conference, a dedicated area of the Exhibit Hall will have in-person recruiters and career resources.

    View Current Listings

    Learn More about the Job Board

    Email questions to conferencejobboard@acgme.org.

    Review and Comment

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

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    DEADLINE TODAY! Comment on the Draft Foundational Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Education

    The ACGME, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), are requesting input on the first draft of the Foundational Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Education.

    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 by UME programs in the US. This initiative aligns with recommendations outlined by the UME-GME Review Committee and is part of a comprehensive effort to improve the transition to residency.

    Review the Competencies and Provide Feedback

    OPEN TODAY! Resident/Fellow and Faculty Surveys

    The survey reporting period will run until April 7, 2024. The ACGME anticipates that Sponsoring Institutions and programs will receive survey reports in early May.

    The ACGME will continue to notify and remind Sponsoring Institutions and program leaders throughout the survey administration period. As in previous years, program leadership is responsible for alerting survey takers about their participation using the existing mechanisms available within the Accreditation Data System (ADS). The ACGME will NOT notify survey takers directly.

    Email questions to ADS@acgme.org.

    ACGME Seeks Members for MUA/P Advisory Group

    The ACGME seeks nominations of a resident/fellow and 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. Nominations are due by March 17, 2024.

    The senior clinical executive leader will serve up to three years with the option of renewing for an additional three-year term. Resident/fellow members 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: March 17, 2024

    Women with Disabilities in Medicine/Disability in Graduate Medical Education Panel: Transitioning from UME to GME

    The event, open to all at no cost, will be held online March 28 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Central. Captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) are provided.

    Leaders and learners will share insights on navigating the pathway from medical school to residency, thriving as a resident with a disability, and addressing the unique challenges that often disproportionally impact women. The panel discussion will be moderated by ACGME Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pilar Ortega, MD.

    Register to Participate

    Now Accepting Nominations for the 2025 ACGME Awards!

    The ACGME recognizes notable designated institutional officials, program directors, residents and fellows, institutional and program coordinators, programs, institutions, and specialty and not-for-profit organizations for their outstanding work and contributions to GME through its Awards Program, which includes:

    • John C. Gienapp Award
    • Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
    • David C. Leach Award
    • Debra L. Dooley GME Program Coordinator Excellence Award
    • GME Institutional Coordinator Excellence Award
    • Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Award
    • Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
    • Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award

    Nomination materials are available on each award's page in the Awards section of the ACGME website. The nomination deadline is March 27 at 5:00 p.m. Central.

    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.

    Learn More

    NEW! Case Log Update for Urology

    Effective this week, the reconstructive surgery minimum subcategories will have gender references removed to better reflect current norms and terminology. The new required minimums for reconstructive surgery reflect a careful review of urology program graduates’ Case Log data after removal of gender designation. Additionally, pediatric reconstructive surgery cases now give credit to both the pediatric and reconstructive surgery minimum(s). For example, a bladder augmentation will count toward the reconstructive surgery minimum whether performed in a 19-year-old or a five-year-old, with the former still tracked as an adult case and the latter as a pediatric case. The Case Log Information: Urology document has been updated to reflect these changes and can be found on the Documents and Resources tab on the Urology page of the ACGME website.

    The new reconstructive surgery minimums are in effect for the 2024 urology program graduates. Beginning with the 2025 graduates, failure to achieve a reconstructive surgery minimum will be subject to citation. While it is not anticipated that programs will have difficulty meeting the new minimums, any challenges should be addressed in the Major Changes and Other Updates section during the next ADS Annual Update.

    Email questions to Executive Director Laura Huth.

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

    ACGME Summit on Medical Education in Nutrition Develops Guidance for Educators on Improving Education in Nutrition
    Lauren Holton, EdD, MNA; Kristin Schleiter Hitchell, JD, LLM; Patricia M. Surdyk, PhD; John R. Combes, MD
    This ACGME News and Views article reports on the Summit on Nutrition in Medical Education, which the ACGME held with the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in March 2023. The Summit brought together 100 medical education stakeholders, nutritionists, and dietitians to focus on what residents need to know about nutrition to counsel their patients, as well as how nutrition education in GME fits into the continuum of medical education.

    Implementation of a Quality Metrics Competition to Improve Panel Management Among Internal Medicine Residents
    Catherine Deffendall, MD; Christine Lopez, MD; Silas P. Trumbo, MD; Aelinor Garrard, BA; Jill Jones, MD; Neeraja B. Peterson, MD
    Panel management, which involves patient outreach to proactively identify those requiring routine screenings, is an essential skill that benefits patients, institutions, and payors, but is difficult to teach. This Brief Report looks at the effects and feasibility of a panel management curriculum with a financially incentivized quality metric competition tracking internal medicine residents’ performance of cancer screening and diabetes measures.

    Call for Nominations for Resident/Fellow Members of the JGME Editorial Board

    JGME is seeking current residents or fellows for open resident editor positions on its Editorial Board. Selected editors will join a diverse board representing a wide range of specialties and institutions. The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is Monday, March 11, 2024. There are two resident/fellow editor positions:

    • Position A: Residents or fellows who wish to learn about and participate in the manuscript submission to final decision process for JGME (up to four positions available)
    • Position B: Residents or fellows who want to participate in the visual abstract program for accepted articles (up to three positions available)

    Candidates should email their CV and a brief letter of interest to jgme@acgme.org. The letter should include a statement that the applicant’s program director supports participation and whether the applicant is interested in position A or B.

    Visit jgme.org for details; email questions to jgme@acgme.org.

    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.

    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.

    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:

      • 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

                  Register Today!

                  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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