May 6, 2024

May 6, 2024
COMING SOON! #ACGME2025 Call for Sessions Opens May 20

Submit a session proposal for the 2025 ACGME Annual Educational Conference and share best practices and innovations with the graduate medical education (GME) community! Proposals for conference concurrent sessions, and the Coordinator Forum and Osteopathic Recognition Full-Day Courses will be considered.

Accepted sessions will be presented in person at the conference in Nashville, Tennessee, February 20-22, 2025.

Click on the applicable link below for more information:

Proposal Deadline: Friday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m. Central:
Annual Educational Conference Concurrent Sessions
or
Coordinator Forum Full-Day Course

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. Central:
Osteopathic Recognition Full-Day Course

QUESTIONS? 
Annual Educational Conference: acgmeconference@acgme.org
Coordinator Forum Full-Day Course: coordinatorforum@acgme.org
Osteopathic Recognition Full-Day Course: SingleGME@acgme.org


NEW! 2024 ACGME Annual Educational Conference Sessions Now Available

Select recordings from the 2024 ACGME Annual Educational Conference are now available in the ACGME's online learning portal, Learn at ACGME.

Learn More 

Videos include Dr. Thomas Nasca's insightful final President's Plenary, the thought-provoking Marvin R. Dunn Keynote Address focused on improving the culture of residency, and sessions discussing life as LGBTQIA+ in the current learning environment; an overview of GME finances, the integral role of GME in caring for people with disabilities, the implications of artificial intelligence in medical education, professionalism, a mock Review Committee meeting; a mock program site visit, and more.


NEW! Call for Applicants: Clinical Learning Environment Toolkit for Formative Assessment

The ACGME is seeking up to 10 ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions to test the first modular component of the new Clinical Learning Environment Toolkit for Formative Assessment. The first module will address the CLER Focus Area of Patient Safety.

The toolkit is a direct response to the GME community’s requests for the CLER Program to expand its reach to multiple participating sites that are part of a single Sponsoring Institution. The toolkit will provide clinical learning environment executives and GME leaders with a framework with which they can continuously conduct their own assessment of all their clinical learning environments to identify improvement opportunities, innovate, and monitor performance in the CLER Focus Areas. 

Submit an application by completing the online form. Click here to learn more about the toolkit and to apply. The application deadline is June 14, 2024. Selected participants will receive final notification on July 19, 2024.

Email questions to cler@acgme.org.


NEXT WEEK! 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.

MAY SESSION INFORMATION
Article: Standards-Based Checklist for Program Evaluation as Scholarly Activity 
When: May 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central
Speakers: Deborah Simpson, PhD
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. MUA/Ps are places or communities in which groups of people have unmet health or health care needs.

Resident Recruitment and Retention: A Resident’s Perspective
Tuesday, May 21 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.


TUESDAY! Submit Input for Major Revision of Program Requirements for Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics

The Review Committees for Internal Medicine and Pediatrics are preparing for a major revision of the Program Requirements for combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics. In particular, the Review Committees invite comments related to specific Requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Requirements are developed. The current set of Requirements is available in the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics sections of the ACGME website.

Submit comments to internal_medicine@acgme.org by May 7, 2024.

Note: Changes to the ACGME Common Program Requirements are not within the purview of the Review Committees 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.


TUESDAY! Institutional Update Reminders, Resources, and Office Hours

The ACGME emailed designated institutional officials (DIOs) and institutional coordinators last week with key information about the Accreditation Data System (ADS) Annual Update. Resources to assist in the update are available in the ADS Help Center. Offices 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 May 7, June 4, July 9, and July 30.
Email questions to sponsoringinstitutions@acgme.org.

NEXT WEEK! Institutional Staff Members to Offer 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 Non-Standard Training (NST) programs for physicians with J-1 visas and for a health care administration, leadership, and management fellowship. No registration is required.

NST OFFICE HOURS
Monday, May 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Central
Tuesday, May 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central

Click Here to Participate

HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION, LEADERSHIP, AND MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday, May 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Central

Click Here to Participate 

Email questions to Director, Sponsoring Institutions Katharina Wang.


Office Hours for Neurological Surgery Available in New York

Neurological surgery program leaders can meet with the ACGME Review Committee executive director and chair during the Society of Neurological Surgeons 2024 Annual Meeting Saturday, May 18, 2024, in New York, New York.

Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis and will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel from 12:00-3:30 p.m. Central. Email Associate Executive Director Jennifer Luna with questions or to schedule an appointment. 


Case Log Update for Radiology

The Review Committee for Radiology sent a notification to radiology programs last week announcing upcoming revisions to the ACGME Case Log System for Radiology, which was deployed May 1, 2024. Note: There is no need to re-enter any prior procedural data.

Updates include a new hierarchical nomenclature organized by diagnostic and interventional radiology categories. The Review Committee expects all diagnostic and interventional radiology residents to enter all procedures they perform in their program. Interventional radiology residents should also record all new outpatient interventional radiology clinic encounters. Diagnostic imaging studies should continue to be entered in aggregate based on prior CPT code definitions, and this may be managed by program coordinators rather than by individual residents. Users may need to create new favorites lists for selected procedures. Note that options have been added to log I-131 and parenteral nuclear therapies, as well as hands-on ultrasound cases, and that I-131 and parenteral nuclear therapies recorded in the ACGME Case Log System will not be shared with the American Board of Nuclear Medicine or Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Approval for Authorized User status is not managed by the ACGME.

More detail on entering imaging, procedural, and clinic encounters in the Case Log System can be found in the following documents on the Documents and Resources tab of the Radiology section of the ACGME website:

  • Diagnostic Radiology - Case Log Categories and Required Minimum Numbers 
  • Interventional Radiology - Guidelines for IR Case Logs and Patient Procedural Encounters Logs
  • Interventional Radiology (Independent) - Case Log Categories and Required Minimum Number
  • Interventional Radiology (Integrated) - Case Log Categories and Required Minimum Number

Contact Review Committee staff members (contact details for whom can be found on the Radiology section of the website) with questions or issues with the revisions, or if procedures need to be added.

Updated Surgery Block Diagram Template

Updated guidance, via a fillable block diagram template, is now available for general surgery programs. Programs should ensure that the new format is used and uploaded for the 2024 ADS Annual Update.

Contact Review Committee staff members (contact details for whom can be found on the Surgery section of the website) with questions.


COMING SOON! Coordinator Handbook Companion Learning Path in Learn at ACGME

The ACGME is pleased to announce a forthcoming learning path for coordinators, the Coordinator Handbook Companion, a collection of self-paced modules featuring interactive materials based on the new Coordinator Handbook, which will soon be available on the ACGME website. This free resource is designed for both new and more experienced coordinators interested in expanding their knowledge of specific topics, tasks, and responsibilities related to their role. The modules do not need to be completed in any particular order; instead, they are meant to be treated as self-contained resources on specific coordinator job-related topics. While they complement the physical handbook, the contents of the learning path provide an additional opportunity to engage with the topics through interactive activities, such as click-and-reveal interactions, quizzes, and videos.

The Coordinator Handbook Companion will be released in Learn at ACGME in June – stay tuned for updates!


Institutional Coordinator Workshops

The ACGME will host two virtual seven-week Institutional Coordinator Workshops in the summer and fall of 2024.

SUMMER 2024 COURSE
1:00-3:00 p.m. Central on July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, and August 30

FALL 2024 COURSE
1:00-3:00 p.m. Central on October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22, December 6, and December 13

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Registration will open Monday, May 13. Each session is limited to 50 institutional coordinators on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $499 per participant. At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
Email questions to Accreditation and Recognition Administrator, Sponsoring Institutions.


<="" a="">NEW! Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) Articles of the Week

How an Audit-and-Feedback-Based Educational Program Contributed to a Reduction in Environmentally Harmful Waste Anesthetic Gases Among Anesthesiology Residents
Emily J. Nordin, BA; Shannon M. Dugan, BS; Andrew C. Kusters, BS; Cassandra A. Schimek, MS; Katherine A. Sherman, MS; Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD
Anesthesiologists have been called on to reduce their emission footprint to combat the effects of volatile anesthetics as greenhouse gas emissions. This research article examines a novel audit-and-feedback-based sustainability education program for anesthesiology residents implemented at a Veterans Administration medical center, which resulted in a reduction of fresh gas flow use and extrapolated annual emissions from waste anesthetic gases.

Support for Mental Health and Well-Being in the Transition to Residency
Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd; Nicholas A. Yaghmour, MPP; Jon Courand, MD
This ACGME News and Views article looks at one of the most challenging transitions in medical education—medical school to residency—and the potential threats to resident mental health and well-being during that time. The authors present several strategies to support residents during this transition, focusing both on the skills residents can learn, as well as the ways in which programs and institutions can play a role in creating a healthy learning environment with interventions to reduce depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation in the early months of residency.


NEXT WEEK! Shaping GME for Program Requirements: Call for Comments

Every 10 years, Review Committees are required to review their specialty-specific Program Requirements to determine necessary revisions. The ACGME Board of Directors has approved a new process for all such major revisions going forward.

The process convenes specialty-specific writing groups, who, along with members of the specialty community and leaders from other specialties and related fields, rigorously and creatively consider what the specialty will look like in the future (recognizing that the future is marked with significant uncertainty). Out of this process, the writing group drafts and proposes revisions to the Program Requirements that will prepare learners for current and future practice.

The following writing group requests feedback: 

ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
Deadline: May 15, 2024
Details: The scenario-based planning Summary of Themes and Insights and the electronic Review and Comment Form are available here.

Review and Comment: Proposed Program Requirements

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

NEW! COMMENT DEADLINE: JUNE 19, 2024
Clinical Neurophysiology
Epilepsy
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Neuromuscular Medicine
Vascular Neurology

COMMENT DEADLINE: JUNE 5, 2024
Addiction Medicine
Clinical Informatics

COMMENT DEADLINE: JUNE 12, 2024
Geriatric 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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