AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement about the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program Requirements Section VI to which all ACGME-accredited residency programs must adhere:
“The best way to assure patient safety, quality care, and the wellbeing of residents is through a comprehensive approach that puts programs into place to support an educational learning environment that manages fatigue, promotes wellbeing, provides quality supervision for trainees, assesses residents’ workloads, and ensures that information is effectively transferred by residents to other members of the patient care team. The newly released changes to the Common Program Requirements offer just such an approach.
The duty hour recommendations are consistent with a learning environment that maximizes experiences, offers consistency with other learners, and allows trainees to be part of interprofessional teams that are treating patients.
Patient safety is the priority of all physicians, from residency to independent practice. The ACGME requirements create a learning environment where future physicians are developing skills and habits that they will use throughout their careers.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 152 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.