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November 2016

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Milestones—Time for a Revolt?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(11):1599-1600. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.5552

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

The pleasure of leading a residency program and shaping the development of postgraduate trainees comes with increasingly formidable administrative chores. In the 2013 to 2014 academic year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) ushered in the “Next Accreditation System” for all residency and fellowship training programs.1 One of its stated goals was to address a problem that was widely recognized: “As administrative burdens have grown, program directors have been forced to manage programs rather than mentor residents.”1

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