CHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The ACGME today released the CLER National Report of Findings 2019: Initial Visits to Sponsoring Institutions With 2 or Fewer Core Residency Programs. This special report, produced by the ACGME's Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, includes initial findings on 270 clinical learning environments of the nation's smaller Sponsoring Institutions, or those with two or fewer core residency programs. The clinical learning environments featured in this report represent an important segment of the graduate medical education (GME) community, as they often serve the nation's most vulnerable rural and intercity patient populations.
"With the publication of this initial report of CLER findings focusing on smaller institutions, the ACGME and its Board of Directors, the GME community, and the public have a way of better understanding and improving our nation's clinical learning environments," said ACGME President and CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, in his introduction to the report.
One of the biggest lessons learned through these visits to the smaller Sponsoring Institutions is that, overall, clinical learning environments are largely facing the same issues, regardless of size, setting, and other features. As in the 2016 and 2018 CLER National Reports on larger Sponsoring Institutions with more than two core programs, this special report reveals variability across the six CLER Focus Areas of patient safety; health care quality (including health care disparities); care transitions; supervision; fatigue management, mitigation, and duty hours; and professionalism. For example, resident and fellow recognition and reporting of patient safety events into the clinical site's patient safety event reporting system varied. In addition, clinical learning environments, regardless of size, appear to have similar challenges with regard to GME engagement in transitions of care and professionalism.
The ACGME is a private, non-profit, professional organization responsible for the accreditation of approximately 11,700 residency and fellowship programs and the approximately 850 institutions that sponsor these programs in the United States. Residency and fellowship programs educate approximately 140,500 resident and fellow physicians in 181 specialties and subspecialties. The ACGME's mission is to improve health care and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through accreditation.
SOURCE Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education