ACGME Releases First CLER National Report of Findings

June 3, 2016
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Tamar Hosansky

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has released the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) National Report of Findings 2016.  It is published as a supplement to the May 2016 edition of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME).  The report presents data from CLER visits to participating sites of nearly 300 ACGME Sponsoring Institutions and provides a first look at areas of focus in the clinical learning environments of resident and fellow physicians. An accompanying editorial, “The Importance of an Environment Conducive to Education,” by George E. Thibault, MD, President, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, provides an overview of the CLER initiative.

“The clinical learning environment is the educational home for many types of diverse healthcare practitioners and trainees. I commend the ACGME for producing this in-depth report, which provides key baseline data that will help us identify areas for improvement in education across the continuum,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME. “We share a common goal of leveraging the power of education to create effective teams, improve healthcare quality, and promote patient safety. The CLER report indicates a substantial variability in the awareness of and engagement with patient safety and quality improvement across institutions, a finding that has important implications for health professions education. We are partnering with ACGME and several other leadership organizations in the National Collaborative to Improve the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE) to work collaboratively to address these challenges, and identify key steps to achieve safe, timely, equitable, effective, and efficient care. At ACCME we aim to build bridges across the education continuum and create an environment that encourages students and professionals to work together to fulfill our shared commitment to lifelong learning and to improving care for the patients we serve.” 

The ACCME is working with ACGME to identify areas for alignment and collaboration, with the objective of easing learners’ transition from graduate medical education to CE and enhancing faculty development. The ACCME has joined the ACGME and 20 other organizations as a partner in Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environmentsa four-year initiative designed to promote transformative improvement within the clinical learning environments of ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions and their residency and fellowship programs.

For more information about education across the continuum, see our video interview series, ACGME’s Next Accreditation System. In the four-part series, Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice-President, Department of Education, ACGME, discusses how the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System (NAS), supports physicians’ continuous professional development and explores opportunities for medical education accreditors and hospital leaders to collaborate to improve health care safety and quality.