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AAGP submits comments to ACGME on program requirements

from AAGP

AAGP President Dave Steffens, MD, MHS, on behalf of the organization, submitted comments to the American Council of Graduate Medical Education in response to their publication of the draft, ACGME Common Program Requirements. In preparation for the Next Accreditation System Phase I has been implemented and the ACGME is currently working on Phase II, which includes psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. Implementation will be complete by July 2014. The Common Program requirements are divided into 3 categories as follows.

Core requirements: Statements that define structure, resource, or process elements essential to every graduate medical educational program.

Detail requirements: Statements that describe a specific structure, resource, or process, for achieving compliance with a Core Requirement. Programs in substantial compliance with the Outcome Requirements may utilize alternative or innovative approaches to meet Core Requirements.

Outcome requirements: Statements that specify expected measurable or observable attributes (knowledge, abilities, skills, or attitudes) of residents or fellows at key stages of their graduate medical education.

AAGP commented on a section that would require that residents who transfer between programs and into fellowships have conducted their training in ACGME-accredited programs. As all of the psychiatry combined programs are "non-accredited" (i.e., psychiatry/medicine), this requirement could prevent some students participating in the combined program from transferring or entering a geriatric psychiatry fellowship. AAGP proposed that combined programs be treated no differently than if a resident participates in a stand-alone accredited program. more

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