The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is a private, non-profit council that evaluates and accredits more than 9,000 residency programs in 135 specialties and subspecialties in the United States, affecting more than 116,000 residents. Its mission is to improve health care in the U.S. by assessing and advancing the quality of graduate medical education for physicians in training through accreditation.
This website shares background and detail regarding the ACGME's next accreditation system, an outcomes-based accreditation process through which the doctors of tomorrow will be measured for their competency in performing the essential tasks necessary for clinical practice in the 21st century.
- The Next Accreditation System (NAS)
In preparation for the Next Accreditation System (NAS), specialty groups developed outcomes-based milestones for resident performance within the six domains of clinical competence. Read more >>
Review and Comment – Phase II
In preparation for the Next Accreditation System (NAS), the Common Program Requirements have been categorized as: Read more >>
Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program
As a component of its next accreditation system, the ACGME has established the CLER program to assess the graduate medical education (GME) learning environment of each sponsoring institution and its participating sites. CLER emphasizes the responsibility of the sponsoring institution for the quality and safety of the environment for learning and patient care, a key dimension of the 2011 ACGME Common Program Requirements. The intent of CLER is “to generate national data on program and institutional attributes that have a salutary effect on quality and safety in settings where residents learn and on the quality of care rendered after graduation.” Read more >>
Categorization of Common Program Requirements
The phased implementation of the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System (NAS) will begin in July 2013 for seven accredited specialties (emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, diagnostic radiology, and urology) and related subspecialties. Read more >>
Announcement From ACGME CEO Dr. Thomas J. Nasca, February 22, 2012
I am pleased to tell you that today, the ACGME announced the rollout of the Next Accreditation System (NAS) in the online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The NAS is a significant evolution of the existing accreditation system, and the culmination of the work of many in the field that began with ACGME’s Outcome Project in 1998. Read more >>
The New England Journal of Medicine Special Report
In 1999, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) introduced the six domains of clinical competency to the profession and in 2009, it began a multiyear process of restructuring its accreditation system to be based on educational outcomes in these competencies. Read more >>
ACGME Press Release, February 22, 2012
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today announced major changes in how the nation’s medical residency programs will be accredited in the years ahead, putting in place an outcomes-based evaluation system where the doctors of tomorrow will be measured for their competency in performing the essential tasks necessary for clinical practice in the 21 st century.
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