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ACGME Releases Revised Requirements for U.S. Residency and Fellowship Programs

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today released a final set of revisions to the professional standards that all accredited U.S. residency and fellowship programs follow. The new requirements, which take effect July 1, 2017, reinforce a culture of patient safety and physician well-being in residency training programs by strengthening the focus on patient-centered, team-based care.

While the total number of hours per week that first-year residents work will not change, the revised requirements return first-year residents to the same schedule as other residents and fellows, re-establishing the commitment to team-based care and seamless continuity of care while also ensuring professionalism, empathy, and the commitment of first-year residents to their patients. The limit on continuous work for first-year residents will return to 24 hours, a limit that has been in place nationwide for all other residents and fellows, plus up to four hours to manage necessary care transitions.

For more on the revised requirements, please read:

Update: Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order that limits the entry of certain foreign nationals to the United States. This new order replaces Executive Order 13769, which was signed on January 27.

At this time, ECFMG is reviewing the new order in consultation with immigration counsel and other organizations in the U.S. medical education community. As we determine what impacts the new order might have on international medical students and graduates, we will communicate directly with individuals that we believe may be affected. We also will provide updates to officials of U.S. graduate medical education programs.

As updates become available, they also will be posted to our Resources on Executive Order web page. Please monitor this web page for the latest information.

[posted January 28, 2017; updated February 4, 2017, March 6, 2017]

Attend the AMA 20th Anniversary IMG Symposium

The American Medical Association International Medical Graduates (AMA-IMG) Section invites you to attend its Symposium commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the AMA-IMG Caucus, which will take place April 2-3 in Irvine, California. ECFMG is honored to be presenting at this event, which will focus on “IMG Contributions to American Medicine: What They Give Back.” See the flyer for information on the agenda and speakers, and visit to register.

AAMC Service for Applicants Seeking Residency Positions
March 14, 2007
Filed under: U.S. Graduate Medical Education

Offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), FindAResident® is a web-based search tool for finding open residency and fellowship positions in a variety of accredited specialties.

Open year-round, FindAResident is an effective resource for residency candidates who:

  • experienced an unsuccessful match through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or post-Match Scramble,
  • are looking for off-cycle positions or specialties not featured in ERAS, or
  • want to change specialties, locations, or residency or fellowship programs.

By registering with this online service, candidates can post their resume, test scores, photo, curriculum vitae, and other pertinent information for programs to view. Users can also search a database of open training positions by post-graduate year level, specialty, and geographic preference. Programs are able to directly update vacancy information at any time, so the unfilled position information remains accurate and current.

FindAResident complements both the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP); it does not replace these services. FindAResident offers additional benefits to applicants participating in ERAS. ERAS participants can import information from their certified ERAS Common Application Form (CAF) directly into FindAResident.

Use of this service requires registration and a subscription fee; active ERAS users receive a discount on that fee. Subscriptions begin on the date of purchase and conclude at the end of the FindAResident season (September 14). For more information or to subscribe, visit FindAResident on the Web.

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