Review Committees-International Meeting 2023

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Report of the Review Committees-International Meeting

The Review Committees-International, composed of volunteers from around the world, met in Abu Dhabi 8-10 February. The meeting also marked a rotation of membership, welcoming several new and thanking departing members.

The primary activity of the Review Committees during this three-day meeting was to conduct the annual review of all programs except those with a status of Initial Accreditation.

The Review Committees also reviewed eight new program applications and reviewed applications and Site Visit Reports for two Sponsoring Institutions and eight programs that moved from Initial to Continued Accreditation.

The following programs achieved Initial Accreditation at the February meeting:

Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar

  • Pediatric urology
  • Pediatric critical care
  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
  • Pediatric infectious diseases

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City in Abu Dhabi

  • Infectious diseases

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

  • Emergency medicine
  • Urology

ACGME-I now accredits 22 Sponsoring Institutions and 193 programs in 11 countries.

Other Review Committee actions included forwarding the Advanced Specialty Requirements for Obesity Medicine/Bariatric Medicine and Pediatric Surgery to the ACGME-I Board of Directors for approval. These Advanced Specialty Requirements will be reviewed by the ACGME-I Board at its 19 May meeting for final approval.

The Review Committees welcomed several new members who will begin their term on 1 July 2023:

  • James Anderson, a radiologist from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, US
  • Ann Burke, a pediatrician from Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, US

The Review Committees also welcomed two public members. A Review Committee public member shares the perspective of the public, and serves to foster accountability to the needs of the public, enrich the work of the committee through outside expertise, and create transparency in the Review Committee’s work. The two new public members are:

  • Nadia Khouri, the senior quality officer at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon
  • Julie Georges Sakkab, the director of program development at Tahaddi Lebanon

The Review Committees also acknowledged the many contributions of outgoing members Drs. Stephen Ludwig, Tarek Shahrour, and Kay Vydareny. Each of these individuals, whose terms will end 1 July 2023, made a lasting mark on ACGME-I accreditation with their wisdom and dedication to global GME.