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The Resident Physicians Section (RPS) of the American Medical Association addressed many issues in 1981. However, a major portion of its efforts were focused on one issue, the first complete revision of the General Essentials of Accredited Residencies in Graduate Medical Education since 1955. (This is the first section of the Essentials of Accredited Residencies in Graduate Medical Education, which also includes the special requirements for each specialty.)
This document had last been amended in 1974 and has been under revision by the new Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for the past six years. The need for a revision of the General Essentials was based on two factors: (1) a new body for accreditation of residency training programs, the ACGME, had been created, and (2) the old General Essentials, amended several times since the mid-1950s, when they were originally initiated by the AMA Council on Medical Education, needed
Liston SE, Fetgatter GL. The General Essentials of Accredited Residencies in Graduate Medical Education. JAMA. 1982;247(21):3002-3003. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320460096040