June 24, 2024

June 24, 2024
FRIDAY! Milestones Year-End Reporting Window Closes June 28

Milestones assessments can be submitted via ADS at any point during the reporting window. FAQs can be found on the ACGME website.

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

NEW! ACGME Announces Back to Bedside Funding Recipients for 2024-2026 Cycle

The ACGME is proud to announce the 30 resident/fellow teams that will receive funding in the fourth round of Back to Bedside, a resident-/fellow-led initiative to develop innovative strategies for finding deeper connections with patients and improving physician and patient well-being.

In addition to funding, the ACGME provides grant recipients with project and change management skills, leadership education, and mentorship through Learning Collaborative meetings at the ACGME office in Chicago and regular check-ins throughout the two-year grant cycle. This will culminate in an opportunity to present their projects at the 2026 Annual Educational Conference in San Diego, California.

Read the News Release

NEW! Accreditation Data System (ADS) News

ADS and the Case Log System will be unavailable from 11:59 p.m. Central on Friday, June 28 until approximately 4:00 p.m. Central on Saturday, June 29. The systems will convert to the 2024-2025 academic year during this period. After the rollover is complete, all ACGME data systems will reflect Academic Year 2024-2025, and all residents and fellows will have an unconfirmed status. Email questions to ADS@acgme.org.

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.

NEW! 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

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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.

NEW! MUA/P Interest Group

The ACGME hosts a monthly virtual interest group session for GME community members involved in addressing the needs of medically underserved areas and populations (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! Learn at ACGME: New Dashboard

Learn at ACGME has undergone improvements and feature enhancements to improve function and user experience, including the dashboard.

The updated dashboard provides an easy, visual way for learners to see how many courses they have started and completed, and the totality of what is available in Learn at ACGME. Additionally, users can now remove courses from the dashboard. This feature is particularly helpful if a course was started accidentally or is no longer relevant.

Existing accounts will keep the same username and password and may be prompted to complete a brief survey that will create their profiles in the updated system. A free account is required to access most content in the platform. The ACGME will continue to make improvements to accessibility and functionality.

Email questions and feedback to learn@acgme.org.

NEW! Save the Date and Start Budget Planning!

The 2025 ACGME Annual Educational Conference will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, February 20-22, 2025 in Nashville, Tennessee.

As one of the largest GME gatherings in the world, this conference offers unparalleled opportunities to learn, network, and grow within the field of academic medicine. Budget for the conference now and take part in an invaluable educational experience! Registration opens in late fall.

View #ACGME2025 Pricing

NEW! Revised Requirements for Nuclear Medicine Go into Effect July 1

The Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Nuclear Medicine underwent an interim revision in 2023, and the changes go into effect July 1, 2024. The small number of requirement revisions in the Curriculum Organization section under Patient Care were made to align the standards with changes in the American Board of Nuclear Medicine's requirements to sit for the board exam.

Further, these changes allow more flexibility for programs to meet the standards and represent an evolution of practice with regard to fewer radioiodine therapies for benign and malignant thyroid disorders, and more parenteral therapies. The revised Program Requirements, including a tracked-changes version, are available under Program Requirements, FAQs, and Applications in the Nuclear Medicine section of the ACGME website.

NEW! 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.

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.

NEW! Hot Topics in MedEd Podcast Episode

Listen now! Gail M. Sullivan, MD speaks with the creators of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) Literature Review Series, Robin Parker, MLIS; Anna MacLeod, PhD; and Lara Varpio, PhD. They discuss the need for understanding literature reviews, how this series came to be, and why there might be a better approach to medical education questions than a systematic review.

This series covers eight influential approaches to knowledge synthesis with two articles for each review type: an overview with background information on philosophical foundations, purposes, and expected products for readers and researchers; and a short article with steps that outline the “nuts and bolts” of this type of review.

Check out the entire Literature Review Series.

NEW! JGME Articles of the Week

Editors’ Guidance for Submitting Qualitative Research to the Journal of Graduate Medical Education
Lalena M. Yarris, MD, MCR; Dorene Balmer, PhD; Rachel Gottlieb-Smith, MD, MHPE; Gail M. Sullivan, MD, MPH
The editors at JGME constantly seek to support authors in submitting to the journal. This Editorial offers guidance by summarizing some key features of qualitative research that are often considered during the review process.

Looking Beyond the Numbers: A Comparison of Operative Self-Efficacy, Supervision, and Case Volume in General Surgery Residency
Rachel M. Jensen, MD, MHPE; Ananya Anand, MD; LaDonna E. Kearse, MD; James R. Korndorffer Jr., MD, MHPE
Graduates of surgery residency programs report lower-than-ideal self-efficacy for 10 commonly performed operations, but it is not clear if that perception is related to other data assessing operative independence. This study compared data from three sources and found that in order to increase residents’ self-efficacy, attention must be paid to the quality of the operative experience as opposed to just case volume.

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.

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:

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 Dermatology section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Sandra Benitez
Deadline: September 23, 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

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.

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