The ACGME Common Program Requirements are a basic set of standards (requirements) in training and preparing resident and fellow physicians. These requirements set the context within clinical learning environments for development of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to take personal responsibility for the individual care of patients. In addition, they facilitate an environment where residents and fellows can interact with patients under the guidance and supervision of qualified faculty members who give value, context, and meaning to those interactions.

“The ongoing research into the development of the competent, independent, practicing physician continues to shape the determinations of optimal resident education from a curricular assessment and learning environment perspective.”