ABMS and ACGME Joint Principles: Physician Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ABMS News Release (04/10/20)

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have issued a statement of joint principles on physician training during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement indicates that both organizations understand the need for flexibility and creativity to maintain their shared public commitment to ensure that doctors practice medicine safely and effectively amid the crisis. They also acknowledge their reliance on the authority and judgment of Clinical Competency Committees (CCCs) and training program directors (PDs) to evaluate readiness for unsupervised practice and to notify specialty board decisions regarding eligibility for initial board certification. The organizations further expect specialty programs to utilize rigorous, valid and reliable competency evaluations that are appropriate within each specialty. Finally, ABMS and ACGME understand and affirm that CCCs' and PDs' assessments for trainees is a critical duty affecting residents, fellows and public welfare.

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