Closing the Gap

ACGME seeks proposals for quality improvement

Collaborative aims to give residents, fellows the skills to eliminate health care disparities throughout their careers.


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is seeking proposals from up to 10 ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions for its second collaborative aimed at quality improvement within the clinical learning environment related to health care disparities.

The 18-month collaborative, part of the Pursuing Excellence Initiative and the Pursuing Excellence Pathways Leaders component, will test new, interactive models to help residents and fellows better engage in delivering safe, high-quality care throughout their careers while identifying and eliminating health care disparities.

“The focus will be on aligning residents and fellows with their institution’s quality improvement culture, and teaching them the skills to recognize, analyze, and act upon health care disparities to improve patient outcomes,” said Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH, senior vice president, Institutional Accreditation for ACGME, in a news release.

Successful outcomes, including new models, tools and lessons that can be generalized for the broader GME community, will be shared during the ACGME’s 2019 Annual Educational Conference.

During the 18-month collaborative, selected institutions will use four key clinician skills, based on The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), to develop, implement and evaluate models to improve health care, including:

  1.  Align with quality improvement culture
  2.  Recognize health care disparities
  3.  Participate in analysis of health care disparities
  4.  Translate and act on health care disparities

Requests for proposal applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  1.  Organizational commitment, leadership, and team
  2.  The significance of the proposal to the aim of the Collaborative
  3.  Measurement and evaluation strategy
  4.  Sustainability strategy
  5.  Commitment to the dissemination of both the team’s learning and the learning of the collaborative

The application deadline is October 3, 2018. All applications must be submitted online. Selected participants will be notified by November 9, 2018.

For further reading: 

ACGME launches resources webpage for resident and faculty well-being

The best and worst states for health care in 2018

How this DO hospitalist became a quality improvement expert 


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