CMSS Supports Revised ACGME Common Program Requirements, Section VI, The Learning and Working Environment

Norman Kahn, MD 312-224-2585

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies Supports Revised ACGME Common Program Requirements,
Section VI, The Learning and Working Environment

March 10, 2017, CHICAGO—The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) today applauds the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) on its release of revised Section VI of the Common Program requirements, focusing on the learning and working environment. These revised standards reinforce a culture of patient safety and physician well-being in residency training programs by strengthening the focus on patient-centered, team-based care.

The revised requirements return first-year residents to the same schedule as other residents and fellows, without changing the limitation on the total number of hours per week which first-year residents work. The standards require that programs and residents continue to adhere to the maximum limits averaged over four weeks:

  • A maximum of 80 hours per week;
  • One day free from clinical experience or education in seven;
  • In-house call no more frequent than every third night; and
  • A maximum of 24 continuous work hours for all residents

CMSS supports the recognition in these revised Common Program requirements as they address that graduate medical education must balance three critical goals:

  • Assuring the safety of patients and the quality of patient care delivered during residency training;
  • Adequately preparing residents for the highest quality of independent practice in their chosen specialty; and
  • Prioritizing physician well-being during residency training, including modeling by faculty

About CMSS
CMSS has 43 member societies, which represent 790,000 U.S. physician members. CMSS focuses on two strategic priorities:

  • Facilitation of a culture of performance improvement in medical practice; and
  • Modeling professionalism, including Altruism (putting the needs of patients first), Professional self-regulation (the responsibility of all professions), and Transparency (disclosure to peers patients and the public)

CMSS has endorsed the National Quality Strategy, including:

  • Enhancing the experience of care for patients;
  • Improving outcomes of care for populations; and
  • Reducing waste and the overall cost of care in the health system