July 1, 2024

July 1, 2024
NEW! Program Coordinator Handbook

The ACGME is pleased to share the new Program Coordinator Handbook and the Program Coordinator Handbook Companion: Paving Your Path to Success.

Program Coordinator Handbook
Developed by the 2019-2023 Coordinator Advisory Group, the Program Coordinator Handbook serves as a guide for both new and experienced program coordinators seeking to expand their knowledge of specific topics, tasks, and responsibilities associated with their role. Many will utilize this resource as a reference book, reviewing relevant topics as needed.

Program Coordinator Handbook Companion: Paving Your Path to Success
This new Learning Path in the ACGME’s online learning portal, Learn at ACGME, is a collection of self-paced modules featuring interactive materials based on the content of the physical Handbook. Meant for program coordinators who wish to expand their knowledge further, this learning path is a great resource that can be used on an as-needed basis. Some of the topics featured are: Program Requirements; Accreditation Letters; Citations; Recruitment; Orientation; In-Training Examinations; and much more! By engaging with this resource, program coordinators will gain a comprehensive understanding of their role, strengthen their knowledge of accreditation processes, improve recruitment and onboarding skills, foster professional development, enhance problem-solving abilities, and build a sense of community within the field. The Learning Path will feature 24 modules in total, with the first 12 available now and the remaining to follow soon.

Review the Handbook and access the Learning Path. Note that a free account is required to access most content in Learn at ACGME.

NEW! Selected Topics across Program Requirements Updated

The Selected Topics across Program Requirements documents for Coordinator Dedicated Time, Core Faculty Dedicated Time, Program Leadership Dedicated Time, Number of Faculty, Program Director Qualifications, Resident/Fellow Scholarly Activity, Independent Practice, and Direct Supervision Using Telecommunication have been updated to reflect the specialty-/subspecialty-specific Program Requirements in effect as of July 1, 2024. A new document listing faculty member qualifications has also been added.

All current versions of these documents can be found on the Institutional Applications and Requirements page of the website, under the "Selected Topics across Program Requirements" heading.

NEW! Requirements Archive

The ACGME is pleased to announce a new Requirements Archive! The Requirements Archive can be accessed in ADS Public, from the right-hand navigation menu.

The ACGME maintains an archive of old Program, Institutional, and Recognition Requirements as historical documents to assist with record-keeping, research, references, and documentation. Previously, these documents were housed internally at the ACGME, and requests from the GME community were managed on a case-by-case basis. The new Requirements Archive was created to ensure that the available Requirements documents represent the most accurate and comprehensive version of a set of Requirements for any point in time, and that anyone who requests or searches for this information consistently gets the same information and version.

The new Requirements Archive is an easily searchable, one-stop-shop for anyone seeking to reference these historical documents. Requirements documents in the Archive are labeled with the starting and ending effective dates to make it easy to find the correct version for any point in time and avoid confusion with the currently-in-effect Requirements. (Note: new specialties/subspecialties are only labeled with the starting effective date.) The Requirements Archive will be updated annually.

Email any questions about these historical documents and the Requirements Archive to ast@acgme.org.

NEW! Submit CLER Visit Blackout Dates by July 26

The window for submitting Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Visit blackout weeks is open through July 26, 2024 for blocking off dates in the period highlighted below. Sponsoring Institutions can submit up to four blackout weeks during this period.


  • 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
  • April 1-26: Submit requests for July-September 2025

To enter blackout dates in the Accreditation Data System (ADS), click here. Review more information and common questions/answers regarding CLER blackout dates here.

Email questions to CLER@acgme.org.

ADS News

In an effort to reduce burden, the ACGME reached an agreement with the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) to receive yearly data regarding residents who have matched into ACGME-accredited programs. The first set of data was received in May and will be available for the Annual Update process. On July 1, programs can add new residents/fellows, and an optional NRMP-dropdown will appear to populate data on the form. 

The ADS Annual Update for 2024-2025 will be collected between July and September 2024, and programs will receive an initial notification email at the beginning of the reporting timeframe noting all Annual Update requirements and their respective deadlines. Each program's timeframe will appear under "Program" > "Important Dates" on the right-hand side by July 1.

The 2024-2025 ADS Annual Update Overview, Summary of Changes, FAQs, schedule by specialty, and other resources are available in the Annual Update section of the ADS Help Center.

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.

Article: Using Kotter's Change Management Framework to Redesign Departmental GME Recruitment
When: July 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
Speakers: Matthew C. Miles, MD, MEd; Karl M. Richardson, MD; Rachel Wolfe, MD; Kristen Hairston, MD, MPH
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.

MUA/P Interest Group

The ACGME hosts a monthly virtual interest group session for GME community members involved in addressing the needs of MUA/Ps, which are places or communities with groups of people who have unmet health or health care needs.

Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m. Central
Complete this form to RSVP

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.

NEW! Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment

This 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.

To give participants maximum opportunity to participate, absorb, and apply course content, the fall/winter course is offered over two, three-day sessions:

  • Session One: September 11-13, 2024
  • Session Two: December 4-6, 2024

Participants register once and attend both sessions.

Learn More and Register

Email questions to Faculty Development Program Manager Chandra Hill.

NEW! Direct Observation Toolkit Workshop

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.   Register now for a free workshop 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 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM


  • Thursday, August 1: 12:30 - 2:00 pm Central
  • Monday, November 4: 12:30 - 2:00 pm Central

Renewal 2024: A GME Retreat Fostering Compassionate Leadership and Personal Growth

Renewal 2024 lets participants immerse themselves in a transformative experience based on the acclaimed work of educator Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. The retreat will foster a safe and supportive community allowing participants to examine essential questions about their work, the role it plays in their lives, and their impacts on their organizations.

 Renewal 2024
September 11-13, 2024
Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, Oregon, Ohio
Learn More and Register

Faculty Development Hub Courses

In addition to offering the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment course in Chicago, the ACGME collaborates with institutions and organizations in the United States and abroad to offer scaled, tailored versions of the course. For course and registration information about these offerings, visit the ACGME Faculty Development web page or select a link below.

Currently accepting registrations:

NEW! Journal of Graduate Medical Education Articles of the Week

Feedback in an Entrustment-Based Objective Structured Clinical Examination: Analysis of Content and Scoring Methods
Isabelle Nguyen-Tri, MD, DESS(Ed); Dave Tremblay-Laroche, MD, MScCH-HPTE; Félix Lavigne, MD; Marie-Laurence Tremblay, PhD, MSc, MHPE; Alexandre Lafleur, MD, MHPE
The integration of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) within objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) has yielded a valuable avenue for delivering timely feedback to residents. However, concerns about feedback quality persist. This study of internal medicine OSCE examiners showed that feedback quality was high, aligned with learning objectives, and was not affected by choice of grading rubric framework.

Protecting Graduate Medical Education and Gender-Diverse Youth
Cherie Priya Dhar, MD; Shamieka Virella Dixon, MD; Catherine Michelson, MD, MMSc
Like abortion care, gender-affirming care in the US is under political attack. To date, 22 states restrict gender-affirming care. Ensuring a workforce prepared to care for gender-diverse patients and provide affirming services means that physicians must receive education and training in these domains.

Using Disadvantaged Status in the Residency Ranking Process May Result in Higher Ranked and More Matched Underrepresented in Medicine Applicants
Sarah Sofka, MD, FACP; Josephine Reece, MD, FACP; Jenna Sizemore, MD; Laura Davisson, MD, MPH, FACP; Nathan Lerfald, MD, FACP
A core principle of holistic review in residency recruitment is to create an equitable process for all applicants, leading to with a goal to increase diversity in GME and ultimately the physician workforce. In this New Idea article, the authors standardized a process to create a more equitable process for ranking applicants.

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

The ACGME emailed designated institutional officials (DIOs) and institutional coordinators April 24 with key information about the ADS Annual Update. Resources to assist in the update are available in the ADS Help Center. Office 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 July 9 and July 30.

Email questions to sponsoringinstitutions@acgme.org.

Plastic Surgery Program Director Appointment Guidance Document Updated

The document, "Criteria for Review and Approval of Program Directors," is available under Documents and Resources in the Plastic Surgery section of the ACGME website. It provides guidance on the criteria and processes for review and approval of program directors, including additional information that must be submitted in cases where appointment of an interim program director may be necessary. Program and institutional leadership should review these criteria alongside the specialty-specific Program Requirements before submitting program director changes in ADS.

Email questions to Senior Accreditation Administrator Caleb Mitchell.

ACGME Seeks Resident/Fellow Members

The following Review Committees seek nominations for their next resident member position. Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of that residency or fellowship. The Review Committees will forward their selections to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval. Terms begin July 1, 2025, and end June 30, 2027.

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Emergency Medicine section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Bianca Andino
Deadline: November 1, 2024

Details: Additional information, including the nomination form, is available upon request.
Contact: Cheryl Gross
Deadline: July 22, 2024

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Pathology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Rebecca Fessler
Deadline: July 31, 2024

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Preventive Medicine section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Rebecca Fessler
Deadline: July 31, 2024

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Urology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Shellie Bardgett
Deadline: August 2, 2024

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: September 2, 2024

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Thoracic Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Aimee Morales
Deadline: September 2, 2024

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Neurology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Deneen McCall
Deadline: September 30, 2024

Details: Additional information is available under Documents and Resources in the Dermatology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Sandra Benitez
Deadline: September 23, 2024

Transitional Year Review Committee Member Nominations Open

The Committee is seeking three new physician members. Candidates must be board certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, or radiology through a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties or certifying board of the American Osteopathic Association. The new committee members' term will begin July 1, 2025, and end June 30, 2031. Additional information, including the nomination form, is available upon request. Nominations must be received by July 22, 2024. Email questions to Executive Director Cheryl Gross.

Proposed Program Requirements

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

Combined Programs

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Subspecialty Proposal

As part of the ongoing effort to encourage participation of the GME community and the public in the process of reviewing potential new specialties or subspecialties for accreditation, the ACGME offers a 45-day comment period to the community of interest regarding proposed new specialties and subspecialties. The subspecialty below is currently under consideration. Review the proposal and access the public comment form.

Transplant Nephrology (Internal Medicine)

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