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The ACGME or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is a medical organization that sets standards for U.S. residency and fellow programs as it pertains to napping and burnout.[1][2] It also deals with work hours, such as regulations to limit the intern and resident work week to no more than 168 hours.

Mission Statement

To dedicate research and resources for better call rooms because have you ever tried to sleep in one? It's disgusting.

Recent Recommendations

  1. On June 25, 2014, the ACGME passed a new residency requirement to take a 30-minute nap between 1 and 1:30 PM.[3] Many residents agree that compared to older colleagues this new requirement will make them soft but not as soft as the pillows on which they'll be napping.
  2. On October 11, 2014, the ACGME replaced medical boards testing with an NFL-style skills combine to demonstrate their medical-decision making in a simulated healthcare setting.[4]
  3. On April 13, 2015, the ACGME approved a wilderness medicine residency in which trainees in the program will be paid in the form of pine cones.[5]
  4. On February 18, 2016, the ACGME stated that residents are eligible to receive a professional Medical Secretarial Degree (MSD) at the end of their intern year given their strong education in checking boxes and list-making at the expense of clinical knowledge and disease management.[6]
  5. On January 14, 2017, the ACGME recommended that all residents be given one interrupted hour each week to reflect on their monumentally-poor decision to choose medicine as a career and the consequences of that ill-sighted choice, which include but are not limited to lack of meaningful social interaction, burgeoning of bankrupting debt, and intractable nausea.[7]
  6. On January 22, 2017, in a popular recommendation embraced by the physical community, the ACGME stated that doctors can earn continuing medical education (CME) credit by watching popular medical dramas.[8]
  7. On January 28, 2017, the ACGME applied hour restrictions to hospitalized patients in order the crack down on patients who "stay on inpatient services for days and days and offer no educational benefit" i.e. rocks.[9]
  8. On July 15, 2017, the ACGME released new guidelines restricting a residents' participation in social media to 80 hours per week.

Future Directions

The ACGME may consider limiting the resident work hours to no more than 168 hours per week.

Gomerblog References

  1. Naptime Now Required for Residents per GME Guidelines
  2. Renegade Clan of Nap Specialists Declare Independence from Sleep Medicine
  3. Naptime Now Required for Residents per GME Guidelines
  4. ACGME to Drop Boards Testing in Favor of NFL-esque Skills Combine
  5. Wilderness Medicine Residency Approved by ACGME, Offers to Pay Trainees in Pine Cones
  6. ACGME Announces Interns are Eligible for Professional Degree in Secretarial Studies
  7. ACGME Now Requires Residents be Given One Hour a Week to Reflect on Their Poor Career Decision
  8. Doctors Earn CME Credit For Watching Medical Dramas
  9. ACGME Now Restricting Patient Hours, Cites Long Stays Not Helping Residents Learn

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