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Alliance Recommends PA FTE Minimum Requirement to RC-IM
At the request of the RC-IM. AAIM submitted recommended language for required program administrator FTE equivalents in residency programs. The recommendation—developed by the APDIM Program Administrators Advisory Council—suggests a minimum of one FTE coordinator for programs with 24 or fewer residents and a minimum of 0.5 FTE additional personnel per every additional 14 residents.
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AAIM Comments on ACGME IM2035 Paradigm Shift Scenarios
September 2019—In June 2019, the ACGME Review Committee for Internal Medicine invited stakeholders to comment on three proposed paradigm shifts that were developed as part of the ACGME IM2035 scenario planning exercise. Through the intense work of a cross-council-committee work group, AAIM shared its feedback on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limitations of the preamble and the three paradigm shifts (implementing competency-based medical education, more widespread adoption of the AIRE innovation mechanism, and shifting to a data-based learning accreditation system).
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Alliance Supports Dream Act Legislation
Through the auspices of the AAMC GME Coalition, AAIM signed on to a letter urging Congress to pass either the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 or the Dream Act of 2019. The coalition letter maintains that either piece of pending legislation would ensure that members of the health care workforce approved for DACA and other undocumented individuals are able to continue their employment, education, training, and research.Read the letter
Alliance Invited to Provide Input to ACGME RC-IM on Paradigm Shifts
June 2019 Using comments from the community on insights and themes from an alternative-futures scenario planning exercise, ACGME Review Committee for Internal Medicine has proposed significant changes to the requirements. AAIM and other stakeholders have been invited to provide perspectives on three proposed paradigm shifts by Friday, August 30, 2019. The Alliance will reactivate the representative work group (plus some new voices) that provided feedback on the original exercise to develop its response.
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AAIM Signs on to Support Opioid Workforce Act of 2019
June 2019—AAIM recently signed on to support the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019 (H.R. 3414).
AAIM Responds to ABIM Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Med Boards
April 2019—The ABIM Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Boards proposed changes to the policies for dual certification in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.
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Alliance Comments on Administrator Ratios
April 2019—AAIM provided support for ACGME's proposed program requirements on administrator ratios as part of the comments on focused program requirement revisions.
Alliance Supports ABIM Procedural Competency Recommendations
April 2019—The Alliance agrees with the ABIM Internal Medicine Board’s four recommendations that would remove the requirement for a common set of procedures to be performed by all residents for certification eligibility.
AAIM Signs on to Support Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act
April 2019—AAIM is part of the GME Coalition, which recently sent a letter to encourage Congressional leaders to cosponsor the “The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019” (S. 348, H.R. 1763). This bipartisan legislation would provide a responsible increase in Medicare support for GME to address the impending national physician workforce shortage. The letter notes the projected shortfall of physicians by 2030 and the impact on already vulnerable populations in rural and underserved areas.
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AAIM Supports Added Pathway to Gastroenterology , Transplant Hepatology Certification
March 2019—AAIM offered recommendations to the ABIM Gastroenterology Board on approving a pilot program as an added pathway to Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology Certification.
AAIM Statement to NBME and FSMB on USMLE Scoring
February 2019—When multiple organizations within the Alliance were invited to provide perspective on USMLE numeric score reporting practice, the councils collaborated to develop a consensus statement for AAIM. This statement was submitted February 25 to FSMB and NBME, parent organizations of USMLE, in preparation for an invitational conference they will host with AMA, AAMC, and ECFMG to discuss the use of USMLE scores by primary (state medical boards for licensure) and secondary audiences within undergraduate and graduate medical education.