Joint Education Standards Help GI & Hepatology Training Programs Meet Accreditation Requirements

July 03, 2014

A team of representatives from five gastroenterology and hepatology societies have created a toolbox designed to help gastroenterology training directors meet the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Internal Medicine Subspecialty Reporting Milestones requirements while training fellows to independently care for patients. Thirteen core tasks, known as “entrustable professional activities,” or EPAs, have been identified that define the work of gastroenterologists and hepatologists. A toolbox for each task includes, among other things, specific behavioral objectives related to knowledge, skills and attitudes; identification of the key reporting milestones needed to achieve mastery; and suggested assessments to gauge progress.

This toolbox is the creation of the Oversight Working Network (OWN), which is a committee made up of representatives from the AGA Institute, AASLD, ACG, the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) and ASGE, receiving support from colleagues from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and the GI Program Directors Caucus.  

The project was developed in response to the new twice-yearly reporting milestones requirement — a key component of the Next Accreditation System. This new outcomes-based accreditation system for graduate medical education programs takes affect for gastroenterology on July 1, 2014. Submission of the first reporting milestones report for GI fellowship training programs are due to ACGME between November and Dec. 31, 2014. 

The white paper describing the project and approach, which was generated by the OWN Committee, is published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the AGA Institute; Hepatology, the official journal of AASLD; Neurogastroenterology and Motility, the official journal of ANMS; and GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the official journal of ASGE, as well as online by ACG. Additional feedback was provided by NASPGHAN. The full toolbox will be available on each journal’s website and on the OWN website: www.ownyourfellowship.org

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