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INPUT REQUESTED: Recommendations on the Transition to U.S. Graduate Medical Education

The Coalition for Physician Accountability, of which ECFMG|FAIMER is a member, has released its Initial Summary Report and Preliminary Recommendations of the Undergraduate Medical Education to Graduate Medical Education Review Committee (UGRC) and opened a 30-day public comment period, through May 26, seeking feedback on the report. The report offers 42 recommendations on how to improve the transition to U.S. graduate medical education for medical school graduates, teaching hospitals, and the patients they serve.

The mission of the Coalition is to advance health care and promote professional accountability by improving the quality, efficiency, and continuity of the education, training, and assessment of physicians. The Coalition’s members are the national organizations responsible for the oversight, education, and assessment of medical students and physicians throughout their medical careers.

ECFMG|FAIMER President and CEO William W. Pinsky, MD said he appreciated the important work of the Coalition and said the report includes important information for those entering graduate medical education, those involved in training the next generation of physicians, and the patients they serve.

“The report includes important information for house staff as well as patients,” Dr. Pinsky said. “There are issues specific to international medical graduates, both foreign nationals and U.S citizens. We are mindful of these specific issues and look forward to receiving your feedback.”

Before you begin the survey, we encourage you to review the supporting materials below to provide you with additional background information and context about the work of the UGRC to find solutions to identified challenges in the transition from undergraduate medical education (UME) to graduate medical education (GME).

1.) Initial Report and Preliminary Recommendations of the UGRC

2.) Glossary of Terms Used in UGRC Report, Recommendations and Survey

3.) Composite Ideal State of UME to GME Transition

To provide comments, please access the survey at The deadline to submit your feedback to the UGRC’s preliminary recommendations is May 26. If you have questions or need assistance, please e-mail

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