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Graduate Medical Education

What is Graduate Medical Education?

Graduate Medical Education (GME), often referred to as residency education, is the period didactic and clinical education in a medical specialty that follows the completion of a recognized undergraduate medical education and which prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine in that specialty  

The length of residency training varies according to medical specialty. Residency programs are a minimum of three years for primary care and some medical specialties. Teaching hospitals coordinate training and funding. 

Learn more about the role of teaching hospitals, federal support for residency training, and the physician shortage from the Association of American Medical College's GME fact sheet

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private professional organization responsible for the accreditation of about 9,500 residency education programs. Stake holders of the ACGME’s accreditation process are residency programs, their sponsoring institutions, residents, medical students, the specialty boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), patients, payers, government and the general public.

Accreditation offers these stakeholders assurance that a given residency program and its sponsoring institutions meet an accepted set of education standards. The ACGME accredits residency programs in 140 specialty and subspecialty areas of medicine, including all programs leading to primary Board certification by the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

GME Single Pathway Accreditation

In early 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) approved an agreement to transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) by July 2020. The single accreditation system allows graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education ACGME (accredited) programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies. 

Annual ACGME Educational Conference

With almost 4,000 participants, the ACGME Annual Educational Conference is one of the largest graduate medical education (GME) conferences in the world. The conference offers dozens of sessions specifically designed for GME Program Directors and Program Coordinators, including an annual pre-conference Coordinator Forum and other pre-conferences for program directors the day before the full conference. 

Save the Date:
2021 ACGME Annual Educational Conference
February 25-27, 2021
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Nashville, TN