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December 10, 2014

Graduate Medical Education, 2013-2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Data Acquisition Services, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2014;312(22):2427-2445. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12575

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) jointly sponsor and administer the National GME Census through GME Track, an Internet-based AAMC product, and also maintain a database of information on training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and of the residents and fellows in them. From May until December 2013, all directors of training programs accredited by the ACGME were asked to complete the program survey component of the census on GME Track. Information on the educational characteristics of the training programs is added to FREIDA Online, an Internet-based public information source on GME programs that is available to medical students and resident physicians.

In August 2013 we surveyed program directors about their active, transferred, and graduated residents and fellows for academic year 2013-2014. We provided program directors with lists of residents and fellows from the current database and asked directors to confirm or modify the training status of trainees who were present in their programs the prior year; add new physicians to their program who were not already in our database; and confirm, edit, or add demographic information on all trainees. This demographic information includes sex, birthdate, country of birth, citizenship status, and race/ethnicity.

We surveyed 9613 active programs, of which 9180 (95.5%) completed the program survey and 8487 (88.3%) confirmed the status of all of their active physicians in training, accounting for 111 992 (95.4%) of active trainees. An additional 161 programs (1.7%) confirmed some but not all of their trainees (3101 trainees, 2.6%), 267 programs confirmed that they did not have any trainees (2.8%), 313 programs (3.2%) confirmed the status of non-active trainees (graduates and transfers) but did not have any currently active trainees, and 385 programs (4.0%) did not confirm the status of any physician training in the program (including 301 programs that apparently did not have any active trainees). A total of 95.5% of all physicians in our database had their status confirmed (eg, active, graduated, transferred, withdrawn). Physicians whose status was not confirmed were “advanced” into the next year of training (n = 2333 [2.0% of active residents]) or “graduated” based on expected graduation date (n = 1468 [3.7% of graduated residents and fellows]). In total, we estimate that there were 117 427 active residents in ACGME-accredited programs during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Corresponding Author: Sarah E. Brotherton, PhD, Department of Data Acquisition Services, American Medical Association, 330 N Wabash, Ste 39300, Chicago, IL 60611 (sarah.brotherton@ama-assn.org).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: The authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported.

Funding/Support: This research was funded solely by the American Medical Association, which employs Dr Brotherton and Ms Etzel.