November 14, 2022

November 14, 2022

Foundational Competencies for Undergraduate Medical Education

The ACGME, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine would like feedback on their initiative to create a common set of foundational competencies for use in undergraduate medical education programs in the US.

Members of the graduate medical education (GME) community can provide comments using this form, or by participating in the final discussion forum on December 6 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern.

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NEW! View the Conference Session Schedule

The session schedule includes all educational sessions, as well as complete itineraries for the full-day courses. The session list is searchable by keyword, topic, and speaker within the system.

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NEW! Call for Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Recruiters Now Open!

The Exhibit Hall will give exhibitors and sponsors the opportunity to build valuable connections and strengthen brand visibility with thousands of attendees. The conference will also feature an online job board; submit postings by February 10, 2023. (Conference attendance not required to submit a job listing.)

Review the 2023 Exhibitor Prospectus

Reserve a Booth or Sponsorship

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UPDATED! Rural Track Program Designation Resources

Updates to resources for RTP designation are available on the RTP web page on the ACGME website. Changes reflect updates to rural tracks in federal law and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy.

Email questions about the RTP designation to

COMING SOON! Program Emergency Categorization

The ACGME has developed a process to allow accredited programs to request Program Emergency Categorization when planned resident/fellow experiences are disrupted due to a local COVID-19 surge. The Program Emergency Categorization status will be able to be invoked only if the program has first exhausted all other actual and potential sources of clinical support and disrupting the GME experience to meet patient care needs is a last resort.

This new program-level designation will resemble the existing Sponsoring Institution Emergency Categorization designation process. This will enable the designated institutional official, in collaboration with the Graduate Medical Education Committee and clinical leaders, to provide oversight and support for the program(s) responding to emergency conditions, particularly in considering all other potential sources of clinical support, to ensure timely completion of the GME curriculum for each resident/fellow. When available, Program Emergency Categorization will be able to be applied retroactively up to 30 days.

In all cases, Sponsoring Institutions and programs must ensure that residents and fellows can successfully complete their programs and become eligible for board certification.

More information will be available in the COVID-19 section of the ACGME website and this e-Communication in the coming weeks.

ACGME Seeks CLER Evaluation Committee Members

The Committee is currently seeking members from the following communities of health care professionals:

  • Designated institutional official with demonstrated experience in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in GME
  • Chief nursing officer of hospital or health care system (currently or recently active)
  • Resident or fellow physician with significant education and training in patient safety and health care quality

Members will be selected based on current needs, professional qualifications, geographic distribution, and diversity in gender and race, and recommended to the ACGME Board of Directors for confirmation. All terms will begin July 1, 2023. The term for the resident/fellow member is two years (non-renewable). The other openings are three-year terms with the option to renew. Meetings are held in person in Chicago. Meeting dates for 2023 are:

  • July 24-26, 2023
  • October 25-27, 2023

Dates for 2024 and beyond have not yet been selected. Typically, the Committee meets four times each year in January, April, July, and October.

For more information or to request a nomination form, email Ana Sainz. Nominations are due November 30, 2022.

NEW! Hot Topics in MedEd Podcast

Kathy Andolsek, MD, MPH; Nicole Deiorio, MD; Gail M. Sullivan, MD, MPH; and Judy Brenner, MD, discuss the increase in unmatched US medical school graduates (via The National Residency Match Program, i.e., "The Match"), the need for more physicians in the US, and the roles of GME and undergraduate medical education in finding solutions.

Read the accompanying article: It’s Time to Stop Pointing Fingers: The Role of GME in Addressing the Issue of Unmatched US Medical School Graduates.

NEW! Articles of the Week

Using Learning Analytics to Examine Differences in Assessment Forms From Continuous Versus Episodic Supervisors of Family Medicine Residents
Ann S. O. Lee, MD, MEd; Christopher Donoff, MSc; Shelley Ross, PhD
This study examined differences in assessment behaviors of continuous supervisors versus episodic supervisors. The authors found evidence that supports the benefits of continuity of supervision for competency assessments. But without understanding supervisory relationships and their effects on workplace-based assessments in GME, conclusions from feedback and assessment in competency-based medical education may be flawed.

JGME Literature Review Series: Scoping Reviews
The JGME Literature Review Series continues with scoping reviews. These authors make the case to use a scoping review, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and explain the process required to conduct this type of review.

An Introduction to Scoping Reviews
Susanne Mak, MSc; Aliki Thomas, PhD

Steps for Conducting a Scoping Review
Susanne Mak, MSc; Aliki Thomas, PhD

COMING SOON! ACGME Annual Leadership Skills Training Program for Chief Residents

This workshop is designed to provide a transitional experience into the role of chief resident. Small-group sessions and exercises offer incoming chief residents the tools, skills, and a learning environment designed to increase their 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.

All eight programs are open to chief residents from all medical and surgical specialties.

Programs will be offered in Chicago, Illinois:

  • March 2-4, 2023
  • March 6-8, 2023
  • March 29-31, 2023
  • May 10-12, 2023
  • May 22-24, 2023
  • May 31-June 2, 2023

Programs will be offered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • April 24-26, 2023
  • June 12-14, 2023

The brochure and registration will be available soon. Email questions to Ann Riley.

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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