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Comment on Proposed ACGME Common Program Requirements 

Oct 1, 2019 — The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is now accepting comments on a focused revision of the Common Program Requirements. Comments are due by November 13. 

The proposed requirements, based on recommendations and requests from STFM and other organizations, would allow ACGME specialty review committees to specify the amount of time core faculty must dedicate to residency programs, exclusive of patient care. The ability for review committees to specify this time was eliminated in the Common Program Requirements that went into effect July 1, 2019.  

“The omission of quantifiable, protected time in the new Program Requirements is of grave concern to the family medicine community,” said Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, in a letter to ACGME President Thomas J. Nasca, MD, dated July 24, 2019.. “Health systems leaders look to national guidelines and requirements when allocating teaching time, and we’ve heard from members of our Society that there is a national drive to maximize clinical productivity of academic faculty.”

The proposed revision also includes changes to requirements for resident supervision.

Follow the instructions on the “review and comment” page of ACGME’s website to submit comments. 

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