New AMA resource helps overworked GME program directors

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Despite the growing importance of residency and fellowship programs in training the next generation of physicians, designated institutional leaders and graduate medical education (GME) program directors often struggle to secure additional budget support. This may raise the question of how they are supposed to keep pace with expectations.

the AMA GME Resource Program gives the AMA more ability to provide resources to help GME leaders more effectively meet accreditation requirements, improve education delivery, and improve the well-being of their learners and faculty .

“There has been a recurring challenge that every group we have worked with has faced,” said James Gilligan, vice president of health system and group engagement at the AMA, during a recent webinar. “You’re always being asked to do more, but often with less,” which can mean a lower budget, fewer staff, or fewer other vital resources.

The goal of the AMA GME Resource Program is to partner with GME programs to help them improve support for residents, fellows, faculty, and administrators, while ensuring that learners are better prepared for practice.

The program has several components.

The AMA GME Competency Education Program (GCEP). “It has always been known as a solution to help meet the requirements around the ACGME [Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education] core skill requirements,” Gilligan said. “Now it can also help meet accreditation requirements around a number of common program requirements.”

These include courses to support faculty development, wellness and health equity, the latter developed in partnership with the AMA Center for Health Equity.

“The content is already created. We worked with experts from across the industry,” Gilligan said. “You don’t have to spend time making your own or spend money bringing in a high-priced speaker.”

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The AMA GME Speakers Bureau. “If there’s a topic that’s not included in the GCEP that you want to discuss with your residents, you should call us first,” Gilligan said. “More than likely, a subject matter expert can help you.

“I should also call it the ‘coaches office’ because we can step in and run very personalized teacher workshops on things like coaching, feedback, creating a more positive learning environment. “

The AMA GME Insight Network. “We’ll identify leaders who have been very innovative or cutting edge and some of the things we’re trying to provide support for,” Gilligan said. “How do they meet the accreditation requirements? How do they improve the delivery of education? How do they improve well-being?

“We will bring them to the table with you to share their work, in detail, and how they succeeded. This gives you quick access to these innovative ideas.

Post-residency course. Online courses help prepare residents and fellows for practice in the modern healthcare environment during their training. These explore both the business side of medicine and health systems science.

“It’s an uphill battle to get a resident to engage in a 45-minute recorded lecture,” so the AMA used adult learning best practices to create an educational offering that was both engaging and concise, Gilligan said. “Our average run time is 14 minutes.”

Wellness Resources. These include personalized Mini Z burnout assessments to identify systemic drivers of burnout and develop intervention strategies, as well as the AMA Data Lab, which explores trends within organizations and across specific demographics.

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The AMA Center for Health Equity is also working with several partners to develop a national series of racial equity grand tours to launch later this year.

the AMA Reimagining Residency Initiative was launched in 2019 to transform residency training to better meet the workplace needs of the current and future healthcare system. Through grants of $15 million over five years, it is funding eleven projects to help create a meaningful and safe transition from undergraduate medical education to residency, establish new curricular content and experiences to improve career readiness. practice and promote well-being in training.

Learn more about AMA GME focused programs and initiatives.

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