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The length of residency training varies according to medical specialty. Residency programs are a minimum of three years for primary care and some medical specialties. Teaching hospitals coordinate training and funding.
Learn more about the role of teaching hospitals, federal support for residency training, and the physician shortage from the Association of American Medical College's GME fact sheet.
Foreign Medical Graduate EducationEducational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) promotes quality health care for the public by certifying international medical graduates for entry into U.S. graduate medical education, and by participating in the evaluation and certification of other physicians and health care professionals nationally and internationally. In conjunction with its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), and other partners, it actively seeks opportunities to promote medical education through programmatic and research activities.
Accreditation offers these stakeholders assurance that a given residency program and its sponsoring institutions meet an accepted set of education standards. The ACGME accredits residency programs in 140 specialty and subspecialty areas of medicine, including all programs leading to primary Board certification by the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
In early 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) approved an agreement to transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) by July 2020. The single accreditation system allows graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education ACGME (accredited) programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies.
The ACGME Annual Educational Conference will be held virtually for the first time on February 24-26, 2021. Attendees will spend three days meeting with new and old colleagues, discovering and exchanging ideas, and discussing academic medicine's biggest challenges and greatest achievements.
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