ACGME-I Begins Accrediting Pediatric Surgery Residency and Obesity Medicine Fellowship Programs

At its 19 May meeting, the ACGME-I Board of Directors approved Advanced Specialty Program Requirements for pediatric surgery (integrated) residency programs and for obesity medicine/bariatric medicine fellowship programs. The Requirements were developed in collaboration with ACGME-I-accredited Sponsoring Institutions in response to global health care needs. The creation of these Requirements marks the first time that ACGME-I has developed Program Requirements for educational programs in specialties/subspecialties not currently accredited by the ACGME in the United States.

A pediatric surgery (integrated) residency program is a 72- or 84-month program that combines education in general surgery during the first two years with education in pediatric surgery during the final three or four years. An obesity medicine/bariatric medicine fellowship is a 12- or 24-month program that follows completion of a residency program in family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics.

The Advanced Specialty Program Requirements, a set of FAQs, and application forms are now available for these two programs on the ACGME-I website:

    Obesity Medicine/Bariatric Medicine


    Pediatric Surgery (Integrated)