The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Seeks Input on Proposed Revisions to Common Program Requirements

PUBLISHED: Nov 8, 2016

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is seeking input on proposed revisions to Section VI of its Common Program Requirements. The Common Program Requirements provide uniform standards for all accredited US residency and fellowship programs that train the next generation of physicians to care for the American public.

The proposed requirements:

  • Expand the section on patient safety and quality improvement
  • Include a new section on physician well-being
  • Strengthen expectations around team-based care
  • Streamline resident clinical and educational work hours to be consistent across the country in a framework that is supported by educators

According to ACGME, the revised standards replace the term “duty” hours with the term “clinical experience and education,” hours to, “…underscore that residents’ responsibility to their patients supersedes any duty to the clock or schedule and that hours worked is only one component of providing safe, quality care to patients.” The revised standards do not change the total number of clinical and educational hours based on a framework of: a maximum of 80 hours per week, averaged over four weeks; one day free from clinical experience or education in seven, averaged over four weeks; and in-house call no more frequent than every third night, averaged over four weeks.

Comments will be accepted for 45 days after which time they will be reviewed and a final set of proposed requirements will be submitted to the ACGME Board of Directors for consideration and approval. Implementation is targeted for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Follow the link below to review the proposed requirements and for comment submission instructions.

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