January 16, 2024

January 17, 2024

NEW! #ACGME2024 Community Engagement Opportunities

Conference attendees can donate books of inspiration or other wish list items for homeless and at-risk LQBTQIA+ youth in the local Orlando community during open registration hours Wednesday, March 6. Cards from a local minority-owned business will be available to write messages of encouragement to send with the donations.

Additionally, on Thursday, March 7 during the Marvin R. Dunn Welcoming Poster Reception and Exhibitor Kick-Off, attendees can contribute to an interactive art piece that will be donated to Zebra Youth, a local organization providing programs and services designed to meet the unique needs of homeless and at-risk LGBTQIA+ youth.

More than 3,700 people have already registered for the conference. The hotel room block has sold out; view accommodation alternatives

Annual Educational Conference Job Board

Recruiters, institutions, and programs can post open positions and reach thousands of graduate medical education (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.

Email questions to conferencejobboard@acgme.org.

NEW! Review and Comment

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

General Surgery

NEW! 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.

                NEW! Free Webinar: Exploring the Remediation Toolkit

                Join a 45-minute online walkthrough of the new Remediation Toolkit on February 6, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Central. There will be time for Q and A.

                Authored by experts from across the US, the toolkit is intended to enhance the success and development of struggling learners across a number of domains, providing guidance on coaching professionalism, communication, clinical reasoning, and organization and efficiency. The webinar will offer an overview of the toolkit and its uses. The toolkit and the webinar are offered at no cost to the GME community.

                NEW! Resident/Fellow and Faculty Surveys

                The reporting period for the ACGME’s annual surveys will open February 12, 2024, and run for eight weeks, ending 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 about the survey throughout the administration period. As in previous years, program leadership is charged with alerting survey takers about their participation using the existing mechanisms available within the Accreditation Data System (ADS). Program administrators should review and, if necessary, update their Resident/Fellow and Faculty Rosters in ADS before the surveys open to ensure accurate scheduling of survey participants.

                Email questions to ADS@acgme.org.

                NEW! ACGME Seeks Members for MUA/P Advisory Group

                The ACGME seeks nominations of resident/fellow and senior clinical executive leader (e.g., chief executive officers, chief medical officers, chief nursing officers) 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

                NEXT WEEK! Non-Standard Training (NST) 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 NST Programs for physicians with J-1 visas. No registration is required. Office hours will take place on:

                January 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central
                February 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
                Click Here to Participate

                Email questions to kwang@acgme.org.

                ONE WEEK! Submit CLER Blackout Weeks by January 26
                The window for submitting CLER visit blackout weeks for blocking off dates in the period highlighted below is open through January 26, 2024. Sponsoring Institutions can submit up to four blackout weeks during this period.

                Upcoming Windows for Entering Blackout Weeks
                • January 1-26: Submit requests for April-June 2024
                • 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
                To enter blackout dates in the Accreditation Data System (ADS), click here. Review more information and common questions/answers regarding CLER blackout weeks here.

                Email questions to CLER@acgme.org.


                Direct Observation Toolkit Workshop

                Explore the ACGME’s new 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.

                Register now for a free workshop Monday, February 12: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central 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 online toolkit.
                    • Earn up to 1.5 units of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

                  Program Site Visit Update

                  As part of its ongoing commitment to program improvement, the ACGME will conduct site visits annually for approximately one to two percent of programs with the status of Continued Accreditation. Programs will be selected through a random sampling process. The site visits will help assess program compliance with the Common Program Requirements and applicable specialty-specific Program Requirements in support of the ACGME's Mission.

                  Email questions to accreditation@acgme.org.

                  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 by April 22, 2024.

                  Help spread the word! Email or post this flyer to share with residents and fellows.

                  NEW! Call for Nominations for Resident 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.

                  NEW! Articles of the Week

                  It’s Time to Train Residents in Addiction Medicine
                  Eleasa Ariel Sokolski, MD; Bradley M. Buchheit, MD, MS; Sima Desai, MD, MACP, FRCP; Honora Englander, MD
                  A prepared workforce is critical to meet the enormous treatment need of substance use disorders (SUDs). The authors call on GME leaders to address graduating residents’ lack of knowledge, skills, and confidence in treating patients with SUDs and state that success will depend on institutional champions at every level to implement new curriculum; faculty members with expertise; and realistic, integrated clinical experiences.

                  Multicenter Study of Optional In-Person Visits to Residency Programs After Virtual Interviews
                  Alec B. O’Connor, MD, MPH; Amy E. Blatt, MD; Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, MA; Shannon K. Martin, MD, MS; Mark S. Rasnake, MD; Brian S. Uthlaut, MD; Donna M. Williams, MD
                  This study required residency programs to finalize rank lists four weeks before the deadline and invited applicants for optional in-person visits after rank list finalization. A large majority of participating applicants and program directors believe that in-person visits should be offered after program rank list finalization as a more equitable process.

                  NEW! Call for Public Member

                  The following Review Committee seeks its 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 by selecting Documents and Resources at the top of the Dermatology section of the ACGME website.
                  Contact: Sandra Benitez
                  Deadline: February 1, 2024

                  THURSDAY! Submit Input for Major Revision of Program Requirements for Geriatric Medicine

                  The Review Committee for Internal Medicine is preparing for a major revision of the Program Requirements for the multidisciplinary subspecialty of geriatric medicine (internal medicine and family medicine). In particular, the committee invites comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Program Requirements are developed.

                  Submit comments to internal_medicine@acgme.org by Thursday, January 18, 2024.

                  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 document, should not be submitted and will not be considered.

                  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

                                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.

                                View Open Positions