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American Association for Physician Leadership[R] joins ACGME to improve clinical learning environments for graduate medical education.

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR PHYSICIAN Leadership[R] has joined 20 other national health care and education organizations partnering with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in a four-year initiative designed to promote transformative improvement within clinical learning environments.

"Health care is experiencing unprecedented change and this creates the necessity for our medical education system to revamp its approaches," said Peter Angood, MD, president and CEO of the American Association for Physician Leadership[R].

"By creating new forms of clinical learning environments, this collaborative initiative demonstrates an innovative example for how to deliver novel educational methods that leverage opportunity within clinical delivery systems and their related learning environments. The partnership approach will help maximize the possibilities available and will ultimately improve not only medical education but patient care over the long term."

The initiative, called Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments, will take place within ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions and their residency and fellowship programs. The ACGME will provide funding through a competitive award process to spur innovation.

"Given the rapidly evolving U.S. health care system, the ACGME is committed to partnering with other organizations to cultivate best practices that define optimal learning environments in clinical settings," said Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, chief executive officer of ACGME. "Pursuing Excellence will bring together stakeholders to drive innovation that ensures the high standard the American public expects from its health care system."

The ACGME will issue a request for proposals (RFP) in February 2016 as part of the funding award process of its Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program. It is inviting input from sponsoring institutions, via a request for information being issued today, to help shape this RFP.

ACGME partnered with 21 national health care and education organizations seeking rapidly to improve the quality of the clinical learning environment in which physicians and other clinical professions are trained. In addition to their commitment and support, partners will meet regularly and provide clinical insights and expertise to inform the initiative during its four-year span.

Pursuing Excellence will bolster efforts under way across the medical education continuum to improve and enhance physician training in the United States.

Meanwhile, Angood has been named chair of the first steering committee for a separate initiative called the National Collaborative to Improve the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE). "This is also new and is a consortium approach separate from ACGME that is focused on how to define and promulgate clinical learning environments beyond just medical education," Angood said.

Additional information about Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments, including a link to complete the request for information, is available at pursuingexcellence.

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Publication:Physician Leadership Journal
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Date:Jan 1, 2016
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