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Register now for the fall 2023 in-person course, to be held in the ACGME office in Chicago, Illinois, October 8-13, 2023.

The ACGME has returned to offering its longstanding Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment course in person. This course uses a series of theory bursts and interactive small group activities designed to help participants design and make improvements in their own assessment programs and strive toward achieving the goals of competency-based medical education (CBME).

Outcomes and competency-based medical education practices, as well as the ACGME's accreditation model that includes the Milestones, have created a growing and important need for effective assessment in graduate medical education (GME) programs across all competencies. The COVID-19 pandemic only reinforced the need for robust assessment programs to ensure the effective professional development of medical students, residents, and fellows.

To help build a community of learning, educational materials will continue to be available to all participants after they complete the course through the ACGME's online learning portal, Learn at ACGME. Note: a free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.


A Systems Approach to Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment

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.

This course is ideal for:

  • Program directors
  • Associate program directors
  • Chairs and members of Clinical Competency Committees (CCCs)
  • Designated institutional officials
  • Faculty members with major responsibility for the assessment of residents/fellows

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ACGME – Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment
May 5-10, 2024
In Person

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply key principles of outcomes-based education in GME
  • Optimize the use of developmental assessment based on goals and principles of CBME
  • Understand and apply key issues in rater cognition, as well as understand their implications for effective assessment
  • Build an effective assessment program by choosing and applying appropriate tools
  • Develop effective group process for assessment in their CCC
  • Improve approaches to use of multi-faceted longitudinal assessment data for professional development
  • Employ effective practices in work-based assessment
  • Develop a personal action plan and a program-specific improvement project for change in their own program


The course will be delivered in interactive workshops that include theory bursts covering essential assessment content mixed with small group application exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to practice direct observation and feedback skills in a simulation center. This course will be led by ACGME senior staff members and selected expert instructors from other teaching institutions. Educational materials will be available in Learn at ACGME, where they will remain available to participants after completing the course. Note: a free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.

Register now for the fall 2023 in-person course, to be held in the ACGME office in Chicago, Illinois October 8-13, 2023.

Regional Faculty Development Assessment Courses

Regional Faculty Development Hub courses are presented by leading GME institutions that have collaborated with the ACGME to develop a curriculum focusing on building assessment skills of individual faculty members or others at the front lines of resident and fellow education. These highly interactive courses are taught by expert faculty members, including individuals who previously attended the ACGME course. Many of these courses transitioned to a virtual format during the COVID-19 pandemic; some continue to be offered virtually, while others have returned to an in-person format. Review specific course listings below for more detail.

Course Dates

  • Registration is now open for the Geisinger College of Health Sciences Faculty Development Course.
    • Dates: November 15-17, 2023
    • Format: In Person
  • ACGME – OMSB Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment Course
  • Cleveland Clinic ACGME Assessment Course: Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment
    • Dates: April 12, 2024
    • Format: Hybrid, virtual, and in person, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Regional Faculty Development Hub Locations
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio and Abu Dhabi
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Karolinska Institute Stockholm
Maine Medical Center
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
National Health Group Singapore
Oman Medical Specialty Board
Pacific-Northwest Consortium
Philadelphia Consortium: Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson, Penn State Hershey, and Geisinger Commonwealth
Stanford University
Taiwan Societies of Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine
University of California at Los Angeles
UT Health San Antonio and Dell School of Medicine Consortium
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Weill Cornell Qatar
Yale University

Additional Faculty Development Resources

In addition to the above courses, the ACGME has developed a wide range of resources to provide educators with tools to assist them in their efforts to improve GME outcomes through assessment, including:

  • The Direct Observation of Clinical Care (DOCC) smartphone app, which assists faculty members and other evaluators complete on-the-spot or scheduled direct observation assessments of residents and fellows caring for patients and performing other clinical activities. Download the app from the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android.
  • Teamwork Effectiveness Assessment Module is a web-based tool for collecting multisource feedback on residents' and fellows' competency development in the areas of professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, competence in interprofessional teamwork, and aspects of systems-based practice.
  • The ACGME’s Milestones Resources web page, which features several guidebooks to assist with a range of assessment implementation situations.
  • The ACGME's Improving Assessment Using Direct Observation Toolkit offers faculty development curricula for institutions that can be adapted to local needs and provides individual faculty members with techniques that will help them become better educators.

Additional online assessment training for GME educators is also available in the ACGME’s online learning portal, Learn at ACGME. Note: a free account is required to access content in Learn at ACGME.