AAIM Comments on New Program Requirements

AAIM has submitted comments on IM2035 and the Program Requirements as part of the ACGME effort to encourage the participation of the graduate medical education community in the process of revising requirements. Comments include:

  • Provide educational teaching beyond traditional clinical medicine, of which health system science, data informatics, and population health management may be considered.
  • Final year residents can complete up to (no more than) 43 distinct half days over twelve months in a single internal medicine specialty continuity clinic to be counted toward the 130 half-day requirement. An emphasis on continuity with the specialty patients should be maintained.
  • Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is encouraged.

Read Comments

AAIM Prepares to Comment on IM2035 Themes and Implications for Specialty Requirements

ACGME announced May 8 that the IM Review Committee will soon begin a major revision of the program requirements. In preparation for this review, ACGME is asking for the community to review the insights and themes from the 2017 IM2035 Workshops, and consider what changes may be warranted for the program requirements. The Alliance is creating a task force to conduct this review and submit a response. AAIM members are encouraged to provide their comments to the task force via no later than June 1 for consideration.

AAIM Comments on ACGME Phase 2 Common Program Requirements

AAIM submitted its comments March 22 on the proposed ACGME Common Program Requirements for both residencies and fellowships. A workgroup composed of members from APDIM Council, APM Council, ASP Council, and the AAIM Education Committee, and chaired by Lisa L. Willett, MD, provided feedback on 28 requirements in the residency and fellowship requirements.

Highlights of response:

  • Limit V.B.1.a) to core faculty: This evaluation must include a review of the faculty member's clinical teaching abilities, engagement with the educational program, participation in faculty development related to skills as an educator, clinical performance, professionalism, and scholarly activities. AAIM also recommends deleting "clinical performance" in this requirement.
  • Incorporate II.A.4.a(2) as a philosophy statement rather than requirement: design and conduct the program in a fashion consistent with the needs of the community, the mission(s) of the Sponsoring Institution, and the mission(s) of the program
  • Add requirement to section II.C.3 that program coordinators must be provided with professional development opportunities
  • Add "services that support population health" to activities in IV.D.2.a) Among their scholarly activity, programs must have efforts in at least three of the following domains:

Based on input received during this public comment period, the ACGME Phase 2 Common Program Requirements Task Force will submit the final proposed requirements to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval, with implementation targeted for July 1, 2019.

Review ACGME Requirements Review and Comment Form »

AAIM IM2035 Workgroup

Alpesh N. Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, SFHM, FACC
Donna J. Astiz, MD
Sapna Patel Kuehl, MD, FACP
Heather S. Laird-Fick, MD, MPH
Rodi A. Marcelle, C-TAGME
Brett W. Robbins, MD
Abby L. Spencer, MD, MS, FACP
Tracy M. Stasinopoulos
Abraham Thomas, MD, MPH
Jonathan L. Tolentino, MD, FAAP, FACP
Sara L. Wallach, MD, MACP
Richard M. Wardrop, III, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACP
David A. Wininger, MD

Phase 2 Comment Work Group Members

Donna J. Astiz, MD
John H. Choe, MD, MPH
Harley P. Friedman, MD
Cara A. Giacomo, C-TAGME
Eileen T. Kruck, C-TAGME
Abigail Lara, MD
Rodi A. Marcelle, C-TAGME
Bethany Millar, C-TAGME
Smruti Mohanty, MD
John P. Moriarty, MD
Cheryl H. Moss, C-TAGME, MSEd
Sandra Patricia Ordonez, C-TAGME
Ateeq U. Rehman, MD
Deena W. Segal, C-TAGME
Debra L. Simmons, MD, MS, FACE, FACP
Jonathan L. Tolentino, MD, FAAP, FACP
Lisa L. Willett, MD, MACM, FACP
Joseph Yusin, MD