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The New ACGME Resident Survey. Office of GME. ACGME On-line Resident/Fellow Survey. The ACGME requires all residents and fellows in programs with 4 or more fellows to complete an online survey. Occurs each year from mid-January through early June.

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    1. The New ACGME Resident Survey Office of GME

    2. ACGME On-line Resident/Fellow Survey The ACGME requires all residents and fellows in programs with 4 or more fellows to complete an online survey. Occurs each year from mid-January through early June. General survey takes about 10 minutes to complete, contains questions about clinical and educational experience, as well as duty hours worked.

    3. ACGME On-line Resident/Fellow Survey • Specialty-specific surveys may be required. • Trainees have 5 weeks to complete survey. • ACGME requires 70% of active residents/fellows to complete survey in order for program to see the results. • If <70% completion two years in a row, program may face administrative withdrawal of accreditation.

    4. ACGME On-line Resident/Fellow Survey If <70% response rate, ACGME sees results, but program and GME Office does not. Programs can track who has completed survey, but do not see results until survey is closed. Results are confidential and aggregated after survey is closed. Program can use results to improve program during annual review process.

    5. ACGME On-line Resident/Fellow Survey Site visitor will use survey at time of site visit to focus questions to trainees. ACGME will use results over past 2-3 years according to set standards to warn programs if necessary or shorten accreditation cycle lengths. GME Office and GMEC will use surveys for internal reviews and monitoring of programs.

    6. Duty Hour FAQs

    7. What activities are included in "duty hours”? • All clinical and academic activities related to the residency program • clinical cases (both inpatient and outpatient care), • administrative duties related to clinical cases, • the provision for transfer of patient care, • time spent in-house during call activities, and • scheduled academic activities such as conferences, journal club, and grand rounds.

    8. What activities are included in "duty hours”? All hours spent on activities required by the accreditation standards such as memberships on hospital committees, or any activities that are an accepted practice in residency programs, such as participating in interviewing residency candidates. Does not include reading, studying, and preparation time spent away from the hospital or ambulatory site. For call from home, only the hours spent in the hospital after being called in count toward duty hours.

    9. What does “averaged over a four-week period” mean? This means that the average should be working hours within, and not across, rotations. It is not appropriate to combine rotations having in-house call with those that do not include call to obtain a lower average. It is inappropriate to average a vacation week (with 0 hours worked) with regular duty weeks to obtain a lower average.

    10. How does the ACGME define “adequate time for rest” between duty shifts? Generally defined as 10 hours. Programs may provide somewhat shorter rest periods when appropriately educationally justified. Allowing added time for didactic lectures of high importance, or for surgical experience in rare cases or cases with particular educational value, are examples most Review Committees would consider appropriate.

    11. If call from home isn’t included in duty hours, is it permissible for me to take call from home or night float for extended periods, such as a month? • No because of the need for 1 day off in 7. • Assignment of a partial month (more than six days but less than 24 days) is possible.

    12. Do I include my research project in duty hours worked? Research time is included if it is a program-required activity. If the research is pursued on the resident or fellow’s own time (without program requirement), it is not included in on-duty time.

    13. If I'm on call from home, but I have to go to the hospital, is that in-house call? For call taken from home, any time spent in the hospital after being called in is counted toward duty hours. Call from home that does not result in travel to the hospital or clinical site is NOT to be included in duty hours.

    14. Does the “1 day in 7 free” mean that I must have 1 day per week off? No, it is averaged over a 4 week period. Two nights in house, for example a Friday and a Saturday night in a row, is not acceptable without a 10-hour break between shift.

    15. What does "didactics" mean? The word didactic refers to systematic instruction by means of planned learning experiences such as class room lectures, conferences, and grand rounds. It is often used in contrast with “clinical” education.

    16. What does service mean? Is not well-defined by ACGME except for the impression that it is activity that could be done by other non-professionals such as transport or phlebotomy. However, these things are sometimes necessary for patient care and should be the first issue when considering this topic.

    17. Definitions Never - at no time; not ever Rarely – infrequently Sometimes - on some occasions; at times Very often - frequently; many times Extremely often - every time; continuously; with the highest frequency