Wednesday, March 14, 2012
News for International Medical Graduates
ACGME: Big changes coming to accreditation system
A new outcomes-based evaluation system will soon measure the doctors of tomorrow on their competency in performing the essential tasks necessary for clinical practice, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced.
The ACGME summarized this major shift in how the nation's residency programs will be accredited in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Under the ACGME's next accreditation system:
- Medical residents and fellows will need to demonstrate competency in six core areas: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal skills and communication.
- Teaching institutions will be required to develop and publish the specific learning outcomes residents must demonstrate as they progress through training.
- Institutions will be required to submit reports to the ACGME every six months that document each resident's accomplishments in meeting benchmarks for physician competence.
- The ACGME will update the accreditation status of each program yearly based on trends in key performance parameters.
The new system is expected to be implemented by 2014. Read more in this month's edition of AMA MedEd Update.
Voting in AMA-IMG Section Governing Council election to begin April 2
Help the AMA International Medical Graduates (IMG) Section fill two physician vacancies and one resident position on the section's governing council by voting in this year's AMA-IMG Section Governing Council election.
Voting will take place April 2–20 through an electronic ballot issued via email. Voters must be AMA members, and their email address must be on file with the AMA-IMG Section to receive a ballot. Email the AMA-IMG Section to ensure that the section has your email account.