JGME Article on ACGME-I’s Role in Enhancing Opportunities for Fellowships

In the April 2024 issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME), the leadership of ACGME International (ACGME-I) shared data on subspecialty education and training opportunities for graduates of ACGME-I-accredited residency programs and discussed the organization’s role in enhancing such opportunities.

The article, which focused on the “great benefit in sharing educational resources across institutions, programs, and borders,” was authored by ACGME-I President and Chief Executive Officer James A. Arrighi, MD; Executive Director Lorraine C. Lewis, EdD; and Chair of the Board of Directors (and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP.

In 2019-2021, 85 residents who completed their residency at ACGME-I-accredited programs moved into 35 subspecialty programs in 47 Sponsoring Institutions in the United States, the authors wrote. Calling it “encouraging, as it implies that ACGME-I graduates are being recognized as viable candidates for fellowship training in the United States across a range of specialties in many institutions,” the authors added that it reflects “considerable diversity in multiple domains.”

Looking forward, the authors said ACGME-I has the “potential to improve and expand [education and] training opportunities for residents and fellows, both within and external to the local Sponsoring Institution.” As institutions around the world “gain experience and familiarity with ACGME-I[-accredited] residency graduates, educational relationships will form across institutions and the opportunities for exchange of [learners] will grow.”

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