January 8, 2024

January 8, 2024

NEW! Featured Plenaries and Sunset Session

The four Featured Plenaries showcase diverse and influential speakers who will cover a range of timely topics in graduate medical education (GME). These sessions will be held concurrently Friday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m.:

  • What Everyone Needs to Know about GME Finances
  • Closing the Gaps in the Care of the Disabled: The Role of Graduate Medical Education
  • The Generative AI Revolution: Innovations and Opportunities in Medical Education
  • Graduate Medical Education following the SCOTUS Affirmative Action Decision

Additionally, a Sunset Session will be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m.:

  • Inclusion, Belonging, and Mattering: Life as LGBTQIA+ in the Current Learning Environment

View discounted room rates on the Hotel Room Block page of the conference website.

Note: The last day to register with a check payment is Thursday, January 10.

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.

NEW! The ACGME Is on Instagram!

The ACGME is excited to join Instagram with the username ACGME_Official. Instagram gives the ACGME a new way to connect and engage with the GME community. Initial posts will primarily focus on Annual Educational Conference content and ACGME initiatives.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Submit CLER Blackout Weeks by January 26

The window for submitting Clinical Learning Environment Review 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.

FRIDAY! Milestones Mid-Year Reporting

The reporting window closes this Friday, January 12, 2024. FAQs can be found on the ACGME website.

Email technical questions to ADS@acgme.org.
Email content questions to milestones@acgme.org.

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.

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

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.

NEXT WEEK! Call for Papers Due: Climate and GME Supplement

Submissions are due by Monday, January 15, 2024. The goal of this supplement is to enhance access to curriculum, faculty development, assessments, and other resources on climate change and GME for GME programs worldwide. Manuscripts may be submitted in any JGME article category

Learn More

NEW! Articles of the Week

Only as Strong as the Weakest Link: Resident Perspectives on Entrustable Professional Activities and Their Impact on Learning
Eusang Ahn, MD, MS (MedEd), Dipl. KSEM, FRCPC; Kori A. LaDonna, PhD; Jeffrey M. Landreville, MD, MMed, FRCPC; Rawad Mcheimech, BA; Warren J. Cheung, MD, MMEd, FRCPC, DRCPSC
This qualitative study adds the resident perspective to the literature informing competency-based medical education (CBME) approaches. Program directors wishing to improve their entrustable professional activity or CBME system can incorporate these findings to improve the likelihood of success.

From Apprenticeship to Assembly Line: Recovering Relationships in Medical Education
Adam P. Sawatsky, MD, MS; Joanna R. Rea, MD; Luke T. Hafdahl, MD; Brianna E. Vaa Stelling, MD; Jill M. Huber, MD; Majken T. Wingo, MD; Emily L. Leasure, MD
The authors propose that creating connectedness within education systems can realign CBME purposes and practices and unlock the potential of CBME to support learners’ professional identity formation.

Impact of Preference Signals on Interview Selection Across Multiple Residency Specialties and Programs
Adena E. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD; Jennifer LaFemina, MD, FACS; Lonika Sood, MBBS, MHPE; Jennifer Choi, MD, FACS; Jennifer Serfin, MD, FACS; Bobby Naemi, PhD; Dana Dunleavy, PhD
Analysis of the Association of American Medical Colleges data in internal medicine, general surgery, and dermatology indicated that signaling increased the likelihood of being invited to interview without negatively affecting any specific gender or underrepresented in medicine group. 

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.

Learn More and Register Today!

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.