At its February meeting, the Board of Directors approved the new Requirements for Recognition of Sponsoring Institutions with Non-Standard Training Programs for J-1 Visa Sponsorship, effective February 7, 2022. The Requirements are available under Requirements and FAQs on the new Non-Standard Training section of the ACGME website.
The COVID-19 section of the ACGME website contains information to support the GME community in light of the evolving pandemic. This includes Letters to the Community, a Guidance Statement on competency-based medical education and educational program disruptions, FAQs, and the request forms for Sponsoring Institution Emergency Categorization.
Access the ACGME's COVID-19 web pages.
Join the ACGME Executive Directors and Review and Recognition Committee Chairs for specialty- and recognition-specific question-and-answer sessions! Be sure to watch the applicable on-demand Specialty/Recognition Update prior to joining a Q and A session. These on-demand sessions will be available for conference attendees beginning Monday, March 28, 2022.
Recruiters: Post a Job in the Conference Career Center – Deadline March 4!
Institutions are invited to post job openings in the conference's virtual Career Center. Attendees can access this searchable database for up to one month after the conference. The Career Center will be viewed by thousands of individuals from all roles in graduate medical education. Recruiters who purchase 10 or more job postings also receive one complimentary Premium registration.
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.
Proposals are due TODAY, February 21, 2022.
The ACGME will host a National Learning Community of Sponsoring Institutions Meeting in Chicago September 7-8, 2022. The meeting will offer early access to graduate medical education innovation and advancements that support the ACGME’s Sponsoring Institution 2025 vision. Sponsoring Institutions and designated institutional officials will collaborate through shared learning experiences, explore successful practices to strengthen clinical learning environments, and solve challenges together. In-person and remote attendance options will be available. Registration details coming soon.
ACGME Senior Scholar for Well-Being Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd checks in on the mental health and emotional well-being of residents/fellows, faculty members, and others at institutions that sponsor graduate medical education (GME) programs across the US. Well-being scholars Mukta Panda (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga), Jonathan Ripp (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), and Larissa Thomas (University of California—San Francisco) join him to examine the multiple impacts the Omicron Variant has left in its wake, including implications for reimagining GME for the future. The team explores systemic and individual strategies the GME community can cultivate in response to these impacts while acknowledging the ongoing need to be creative, resourceful, and supportive in unprecedented times.
The ACGME recognizes notable designated institutional officials, program directors, residents and fellows, institutional and program coordinators, programs, institutions, and specialty organizations for their outstanding work and contributions to graduate medical education 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
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.
Submit nominations by 5:00 p.m. Central on April 6, 2022.
New drafts of the Milestones below are available for review and comment. The Milestones reporting data, along with other survey results and comments, informed the changes. Some Work Groups also created Supplemental Guides to enhance understanding of the Milestones.
Comment Deadline: February 28, 2022 - One Week Remaining!
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology
The February 2022 issue features two editorials: one on publishing in creative writing categories; and another featuring the editors’ favorite non-JGME articles that have contributed to graduate medical education.
Other selected articles cover topics including:
The following Program Requirements (specialties in bold; followed by subspecialties) and accompanying Impact Statements are posted for review and comment, here:
Comment Deadline: March 3, 2022
Surgical Critical Care
Complex General Surgical Oncology
Clinical Informatics (multidisciplinary)
Geriatric Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Hospice and Palliative Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Sleep Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Thoracic Surgery (Integrated)
Thoracic Surgery (Independent)
Vascular Surgery (Integrated)
Vascular Surgery (Independent)
Comment Deadline: March 9, 2022
Comment Deadline: March 16, 2022
Craniofacial Plastic Surgery
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Medical Genetics and Genomics
Clinical Biochemical Genetics
Laboratory Genetics and Genomics
Medical Biochemical Genetics
Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
Molecular Genetic Pathology
Comment Deadline: March 23, 2022
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
Comment Deadline: March 30, 2022
Pediatric Emergency Medicine (multidisciplinary)
Preventive Medicine (now as individual specialties)
> Aerospace Medicine
> Occupational and Environmental Medicine
> Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
The dates and locations for the ACGME’s Annual Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents are changing due to the shifting landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and related local public health laws and regulations. The ACGME regrets any inconvenience these changes cause. More information will be provided as soon as it is available via this weekly e-Communication and on the ACGME's social media accounts.
About the Program
The Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents is designed to provide a transitional experience into the leadership role of chief resident by enhancing each participant's self-awareness and understanding of their personal leadership styles, strengths, and weaknesses as leaders, developing knowledge and appreciation of group and interpersonal behavior, and learning additional skills critical to success and satisfaction as both a clinician and leader.
Email questions to Ann Riley.
Registration for the Spring 2022 ACGME faculty development course is open! Led by ACGME senior staff members and selected expert instructors from around the country, Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment helps participants build effective assessment programs for their residency or fellowship programs. Offered virtually, sessions are highly interactive and use multiple learning approaches, including virtual simulations, to provide participants with approaches and tools for effective assessment.
The six-day intensive, virtual course will be held May 15-20, 2022, from 1:00-5:30 p.m. Central each day. For details and to register, visit the Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment page on the ACGME website.
The following Review Committees seeks nomination for their next resident member positions. Nominees must be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment and may not serve more than one year beyond completion of that residency or fellowship. After review and consideration of all nominees, the Review Committee will forward its selection to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval. Terms begin July 1, 2023 and end June 30, 2025.
Details: Applicants must be a current PGY-2-4 during the 2023-2024 academic year. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: March 7, 2022
Details: Applicants must be a current PGY-2-5 during the 2023-2024 academic year. Additional information is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Thoracic Surgery section of the ACGME website.
Contact: Michelle Armstrong
Deadline: April 1, 2022
The Review Committee for Internal Medicine is preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for each of the subspecialties below and invites comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Requirements are developed.
• Adult Congenital Heart Disease
• Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
• Critical Care Medicine
• Clinical Informatics
• Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolic
• Hematology and Medical Oncology
• Infectious Disease
• Interventional Cardiology
• Medical Oncology
• Pulmonary Disease
• Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care
• Sleep Medicine
• Transplant Hepatology
Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership, program coordinators, and core faulty members should not be submitted. The Review Committee received feedback on proposed revisions related to that subject for all the internal medicine subspecialities in the fall of 2021. Proposed revisions related to administrative support are under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements that are currently in effect and posted online. For the multidisciplinary subspecialties of sleep medicine and clinical informatics, the Review Committee will proceed with a focused revision for FTE support soon.
Submit written comments no later than March 3, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Review Committee for Pathology is preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for each of the subspecialties below and invites comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised Requirements are developed. Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership and program coordinators should not be submitted; proposed revisions related to those subjects for all the pathology subspecialities are currently under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements that are currently in effect and posted online.
Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine
As a reminder, the Review Committee conducted substantial revisions to all pathology subspecialty Program Requirements, especially in the ACGME Competencies and Curriculum Organization sections, which went into effect on July 1, 2020.
Submit written comments no later than Wednesday, March 23, 2022 to email@example.com.
Every 10 years, Review Committees are required to review their specialty Program Requirements to determine necessary revisions. The ACGME Board of Directors has approved a new process for all such major revisions going forward.
This new process, scenario-based strategic planning, involved the Review Committee for Pediatrics, along with members of the pediatrics community, leaders from other specialties (internal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology), and related fields rigorously and creatively thinking about what the specialty of pediatrics will look like in the future (recognizing that the future is marked with significant uncertainty). From this process, the Review Committee will propose revisions to the Program Requirements that will prepare the learners for current practice and generations to come.
The Review Committee requests feedback. The scenario-based planning summary of themes and insights is posted for review and comment here. Submit your feedback by March 16, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Review Committees for Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry are preparing to begin a major revision of the current Program Requirements for Brain Injury Medicine and invite comments related to specific requirements or topics that should be addressed as the revised requirements are developed. Comments addressing full-time equivalency (FTE) support for program leadership and program coordinators should not be submitted; proposed revisions related to those subjects are currently under review, and so are not reflected in the Program Requirements currently in effect and posted online.
Submit written comments no later than March 30, 2022, to PhysicalMedicineandRehabilitation@acgme.org.
The ACGME Board of Directors recently approved an exception to the usual process for the designation of new specialties. This exception was granted for the process to designate aerospace medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine as individual specialties separately accredited by the ACGME. These three specialties currently exist under the umbrella designation of preventive medicine; however, this designation would create three separate specialties with three separate specialty codes. The Review Committee for Preventive Medicine would still review all three specialties, as it does now.
Since there would be three distinct specialties, there would be three sets of Program Requirements, which have been created by separating the requirements relevant to each specialty from the current version that encompasses all three. While they are designated as new Program Requirements, the content remains essentially the same for each specialty as it exists now in the comprehensive Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Preventive Medicine. Aside from separating into three versions and making minor wording changes to align with the new specialty designations, there were two notable revisions: one related to the dedicated time requirements for program leadership (see II.A.2.a) and II.A.2.a).(1)); and one to clarify that residents appointed at the PM-2 level must still complete 10 months of direct patient care (see III.A.2.c).(1).(a).(i)).
The three sets of Program Requirements are posted for public review and comment, and feedback can be provided through March 30, 2022. The review and comment form also includes a field to comment on the specialty designation change. Only comments and feedback submitted to email@example.com using the form provided will be accepted.
Email questions to Executive Director Kate Hatlak.
Meeting dates are listed on the overview page of each specialty section on the ACGME website. While many specialties have already updated their information, updates may continue until July 1, 2022. Meeting dates and associated agenda closing dates for the Osteopathic Recognition Committee are posted on the Osteopathic Recognition page of the ACGME website.
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