ACGME Global Services was created to support the ACGME’s mission of improving health care and population health by assessing and enhancing the quality of resident and fellow physicians’ education through advancements in accreditation and education.

The importance of post-graduate medical education (PGME) in preparing physicians to serve the public is well documented. It is with this education, training, and experience that physicians form their individual identity as specialists, learning not only the “how” of their chosen specialty (the knowledge and skills of their chosen discipline), but also the “who” they must be to manage the stress and expectations they will encounter in a life of service to their patients.

Through Global Services, the ACGME offers its expertise and resources to PGME accrediting organizations and programs beyond the borders of the US that wish to align themselves with international best practices.

Global Services provides advisory, training, and administrative support services to organizations interested in:

  • Developing accreditation services in areas where accreditation does not currently exist
  • Improving accreditation in areas where it is currently implemented
  • Adding to the knowledge base of accreditation and PGME

ACGME Global Services does not provide accreditation services. ACGME International, a separate corporate entity from the ACGME and Global Services, provides accreditation services outside of the US.

Promoting and Advancing the Quality of PGME Accreditation

The ACGME believes accreditation is the most effective tool for advancing the quality of PGME programs. It advocates for this through engagement with like-minded organizations in the PGME space and through participation in international conferences and fora.

Effective PGME accreditation must be based on systems for establishing standards and evaluating performance against those standards, aligned with international best practices.

Advisory and Operational Support

Global Services also facilitates the development of learning communities of PGME accreditation organizations that seek to exchange ideas and information.

Global Services assists national and regional accrediting organizations that wish to align themselves with international best practices. Services include:

  • Developing PGME standards that consider the context of local cultures and are consistent with international best practices
  • Developing systems to evaluate and accredit PGME programs and the organizations and institutions that support and sponsor those programs, consistent with international best practices
  • Providing infrastructure support to national and regional PGME accreditation organizations
  • Conducting gap analyses of accreditation organizations, organizations and institutions that support and sponsor PGME, and PGME programs
  • Providing training programs for standards developers, program evaluators and accreditors, site visitors, and PGME faculty members

Global Services, through the ACGME, has the experience, understanding, and knowledge to assist organizations at all development levels with accreditation issues. The ACGME accredits over 12,000 US programs, providing a deep level of understanding of accreditation issues. Global Services is part of the ACGME, offering value in accreditation standards, Milestones development, and physician well-being. Global Services also assists institutions interested in creating new or enhancing existing PGME programs aligned with international best practices.

Education and Training

Global Services offers various educational programs, trainings, and workshops tailored to the needs of PGME programs outside of the US and the organizations that accredit them. Studies developed from the ACGME’s experience and initiatives in the US are available on the ACGME website, and in issues of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, which the ACGME publishes.

The ACGME also offers faculty development education in a variety of formats, both within the US and internationally. For more information on faculty development educational programs, visit the Faculty Development page.