Leadership Reports, ACGME RC-EM

ACGME Updates: New Programs, Resident Well-Being, Parental Leave

The ACGME Review Committee for Emergency Medicine, charged with overseeing graduate medical education for the specialty, approved additional programs in April – building on progress it made throughout the past year.

April 2017. A range of programs gained approval during the April meeting in Chicago, including:

Emergency Medicine (EM)
University of Central Florida, Ocala, FL
University of Central Florida, Gainesville, FL
Reading Hospital Program, West Reading, PA

Emergency Medicine — Single Accreditation System (SAS)
Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, CA
Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, Port St. Lucie, FL
Botsford Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI
Mercy Health, Muskegon, MI
Campbell University, Fayettevillle, NC
Campbell University, Lumberton, NC
St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, Boardman, OH
Integris Health, Oklahoma City, OK

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Stanford University Hospital/Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA
Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH

Clinical Informatics (CI)
University of California – Irvine, Irvine, CA

Medical Toxicology (Tox)
Lehigh Valley Health Network/University of South Florida, Bethlehem, PA

January 2017. The RC-EM midyear meeting in January tackled some of the extra workload associated with the new applications for EM subspecialties and the SAS applications. The following programs were approved:

Emergency Medicine (EM)
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Wyckhoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
St. John's Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, NY

Emergency Medicine – Single Accreditation System (SAS)
Henry Ford – Macomb, Clinton, MI
McLaren Oakland (Macomb), Pontiac, MI
Inspira Medical Center – Woodbury, Woodbury, NJ
St. Barnabus Hospital, Newark, NJ
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, NY
Adena Regional Medical Center, Chillicothe, OH
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK
Mountain State Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution, Lewisburg, WV
September 2016. These programs were approved during the fall meeting:

Emergency Medicine (EM)
Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside, CA
Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS

Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM)
Stanford University Hospitals, Palo Alto, CA
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

EM — Single Accreditation System (SAS)
St. Mary Mercy Hospital Program, Livonia, MI
St. John Macomb — Oakland, Warren, MI
Henry Ford Wyandotte, Wyandotte, MI
Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY
Memorial Health System, Marietta, OH
Kent Hospital Program, Warwick, RI
ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents

Resident Well-Being

During a CRCR meeting in September, there was a concerted effort to begin focusing on resident well-being via advocacy at the highest level of ACGME leadership. This effort resulted in several summits and new programming that has firmly placed resident well-being at the forefront of every Program Director (PD) and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) that oversee programs and institutional GME resources. Several great workshops were well-attended at the 2017 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in March.


A previously proposed “Back-to-Bedside” initiative has been revived to find ways to get residents back to the bedside taking care of patients and spending less time on administrative/non-physician oriented tasks that take away from learning. Residents across all specialties commonly note that this can be a problem, so the CRCR is addressing ways to mitigate it at the institutional level. This idea has garnered the attention of the executive leadership of the ACGME Board; a formal presentation was due from CRCR leaders this spring, with updates planned in May.

Parental Leave

There is a proposal being discussed concerning advancing parental leave, which is in its infancy but is being passionately worked on. There should be more to come in the future.

Passing the Baton

This will be my last article as your RC-EM Representative, as I officially rotate off the RRC-EM on June 30. I have the honor to serve emergency medicine on the ACGME Committee that is now tasked with rewriting the Common Program Requirements of Sections I-V. This will keep me involved with the ACGME until early 2018 and will allow me to contribute not only to trainees in our great specialty but to all future residents and fellows.

It has been my distinct pleasure to serve EMRA as the RC-EM Representative over the last 2.5 years. I am saddened to leave the position, yet extremely proud to hand the role over to my successor, Eric McDonald, MD. He will be a tireless advocate for you on the RC-EM, CRCR, and on the EMRA Board of Directors. I look forward to seeing his contributions to this amazing specialty and to EMRA.