March 25, 2024

March 25, 2024


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 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 at 5:00 p.m. Central.

THURSDAY! 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) will be 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

MUA/P Interest Group Sessions

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

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. The aim of these sessions is to provide information about efforts in GME and MUA/P, to solve for common challenges, and to share helpful resources. GME institution and program leaders will connect with peers and ACGME representatives in breakout groups or discussion.

Join the first session!
An Overview of VA GME Funding and the VA Mission Act
Tuesday, April 16 at 1:00 p.m. Central

Complete this form to RSVP

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

Help spread the word! Share this flyer with residents and fellows.

ACGME Seeks Members for MUA/P Advisory Group

The ACGME seeks nominations of a resident/fellow and a 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. The nomination deadline has been extended to April 26, 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: April 26, 2024

The CLER Program Launches the Patient Perspective Subprotocol

The new subprotocol assesses the clinical learning environment from the patient perspective as related to the six CLER Focus Areas. Use the link below to access a recorded webinar in which Drs. Kevin Weiss, Robin Newton, and Robin Dibner describe the subprotocol’s design and provide information on key logistics for site visits. The webinar also highlights some of the questions asked during patient interviews.

View the Webinar
Read the Full Patient Questionnaire

CLER Pathways to Excellence Version 3.0

Version 3.0 of the CLER Pathways to Excellence: Expectations for an Optimal Clinical Learning Environment to Achieve Safe and High-Quality Patient Care is now available. The document continues to serve as a tool to promote discussions and actions to optimize the clinical learning environment. This version also introduces the new CLER Focus Area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This Focus Area recognizes that diverse, equitable, and inclusive clinical learning environments are essential to improve patient and learner experiences and achieve equity in health care.

Version 3.0 of the CLER Pathways to Excellence will be the basis for the next cycle of CLER visits anticipated to launch in mid-2025.

Access the Report

NEW! Journal of Graduate Medical Education Articles of the Week

An Embedded Curriculum to Teach Critical Incident Debriefing to Internal Medicine Residents
James H. Wykowski, MD; Susan Merel, MD; Helene Starks, PhD; Gabrielle Berger, MD; Amanda Shepherd, MD; Lindsay Gibbon, MD; Patricia A. Kritek, MD, EdM; Katherine G. Hicks, MD
Debriefing after a critical event or adverse patient outcome is shown to help mitigate effects that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and burnout; however, senior residents may not have the skills needed to lead debriefs. This Educational Innovation study shows how a one-hour workshop training senior residents to lead debriefings after critical events significantly improved their self-reported preparedness to do so.

Addressing Citations in an ACGME-I Psychiatry Residency Program: From Probationary to Continued Accreditation Within 13 Months
Walid Elkhaled, MD; Omer Dulaimy, MD; Sazgar Hamad, MD; Angela Dandan, MD; Yousaf Iqbal, MD; Brijen Shah, MD; Maggie Allen, MD; Paul J. Rosenfield, MD; Iain Tulley, RMN, MSc; Majid Alabdulla, MD; Abdullatif Al-Khal, MD
In 2022, a psychiatry residency program at Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar was placed on probationary accreditation following a site visit. This article explores the strategies the program adopted to quickly resolve the citations, transform deficiencies into strengths, and successfully regain full accreditation by the following year. Eight recommendations are presented to guide other programs working to address their own accreditation citations. NEW! Resident Member The following Review Committee seeks its next resident member for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2024. The resident member must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited neurological surgery program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of residency.

Details: Additional information is available under the Documents and Resources tab on the Neurological Surgery page of the ACGME website.
Contact: Jennifer Luna
Deadline: April 19, 2024

THIS WEEK! Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents

Limited spots are available for the following sessions. 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. The following sessions are available:

    • April 29-May 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - DEADLINE FRIDAY!
    • 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.

          WORKSHOP FULL! Self-Empowerment Workshop for Coordinators
          Additional dates are being scheduled to accommodate the overwhelmingly positive response to this offering. The workshop is designed to help both seasoned and new coordinators grow their skills to empower themselves in GME.

          Visit the workshop page for details and to fill out a form to receive information on the next offering of this workshop before registration is publicly announced.

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          More for Coordinators
          Coming this summer, the Coordinator Handbook Companion is a collection of self-paced modules in Learn at ACGME for new and experienced coordinators who want to expand their knowledge of specific topics, tasks, and responsibilities pertaining to this important work.

          The Coordinator Handbook Companion is open to everyone. Details to come in future editions of the e-Communication.

          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.

          Browse the 2024 Annual Educational Conference Job Board

          Looking to find a new career opportunity in GME? The Annual Educational Conference Job Board features open positions at Sponsoring Institutions and programs across the US. The Job Board will stay live through March 31, 2024.

          View Current Listings

          Save the Date!

          The 2025 ACGME Annual Educational Conference will take place February 20-22, 2025, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Stay up to date with conference information in future e-Communications and through the ACGME’s InstagramLinkedIn, and X accounts.

          NEXT WEEK! Review and Comment: 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. Information about the subspecialty currently under consideration and the accompanying proposal are available for review here.

          COMMENT DEADLINE: APRIL 3, 2024
          Health Security (Multidisciplinary)

          Review and Comment: Proposed Program Requirements

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

          COMMENT DEADLINE: APRIL 11, 2024
          Neurocritical Care

          COMMENT DEADLINE: APRIL 25, 2024
          Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
          Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
          Obstetric Anesthesiology
          Pediatric Anesthesiology

          Case Number Requirement Changes in Nuclear Radiology

          The Review Committee for Radiology recently discussed the availability and volume of the overall number of pediatric nuclear cases, and how many nuclear radiology fellows can take credit per case. The Review Committee determined it will no longer enforce Program Requirement IV.B.1.b).(2).(b).(i), which requires a minimum of 100 pediatric cases per fellow.

          While all fellows must have experience in pediatric cases, it is the responsibility of the program director to determine how much pediatric experience each fellow needs to achieve competence to enter autonomous practice.

          Email questions to Associate Executive Director Jenny Campbell.

          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