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ACGME Proposes New Requirements for Physician Training

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has proposed revisions to Section VI of its common program requirements.

The common program requirements provide a nationally uniform standard for physician residency and fellowship programs. The proposed revisions would update requirements on:

  • patient safety and quality improvement;
  • physician well-being;
  • team-based care; and
  • resident clinical and educational work hours.

“At the core of the proposed standards is the philosophy that residency education must occur in a learning and working environment that fosters excellence in the safety and quality of care delivered to patients today and in the future,” said Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP, CEO of ACGME.

Comments are due to ACGME by Dec. 19. Following review of all comments, ACGME will provide a final set of proposed requirements to its board of directors for consideration and approval. ACGME intends that the finalized requirements will be implemented starting in the 20172018 academic year.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.



About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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