The following describes the various aspects of the designated job. Some or all of these aspects may be changed over time, with or without notice, at the sole discretion of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States (US) on a full-time basis. The ACGME will not provide employment sponsorship for this position (e.g., H-1B Visa or other US employment authorization).
Title: Executive Director, Surgical Accreditation
Department: Department of Accreditation, Recognition, and Field Activities
Reports to: Chief Accreditation Officer
Work Schedule: Full Time
The Executive Director, Surgical Accreditation directs the flow and execution of work for the assigned Review Committees and serves as counselor to the members of those Review Committees, as well as to designated institutional officials, program directors, and coordinators on ACGME requirements.
Job Context/Background Information
The ACGME, through its Review Committees, provides accreditation standards (Institutional and Program Requirements) for resident and fellow physician education programs and their Sponsoring Institutions, and monitors adherence with those requirements to ensure consistent delivery of high-quality graduate medical education.
Goals include fostering innovation and improvement in the physician learning environment, increasing accreditation emphasis on educational outcomes, and increasing efficiency and reducing burdensome work often associated with accreditation.
The Review Committees review Sponsoring Institutions or graduate medical education (GME) (residency and fellowship) physician education programs for accreditation purposes. They do this by reviewing extensive information provided by the Sponsoring Institutions and programs, Site Visit Reports prepared by ACGME Accreditation Field Representatives, and other materials relevant to each review. Based on their reviews, the Review Committees issue findings, which may include citations for infractions and inadequacies. ACGME staff members handle the communication and follow-up of Review Committee findings with Sponsoring Institutions and programs.
Each Review Committee meets two to three times per year to review new accreditation applications and currently accredited Sponsoring Institutions or programs scheduled for review. The review schedule is based on institutional and program performance on screening indicators for outcome measurements (e.g., surveys of residents/fellows and faculty members, resident/fellow and faculty member scholarly activity, program changes, Case Logs, and board pass rates) and requests for changes by the programs (e.g., resident/fellow complement, addition of clinical rotation sites). Programs with areas of non-compliance or concerns are reviewed more frequently and may be required to provide progress reports. Between meetings, interim requests for program changes (e.g., temporary changes in the number of residents/fellows) and correspondence from Sponsoring Institutions and programs with issues are processed. In addition, Review Committees periodically revise the Institutional or Program Requirements and Case Log requirements.
Residency/fellowship program directors, faculty members, coordinators, and institutional officials regularly contact the ACGME with questions or concerns. Residents and fellows occasionally contact the ACGME. These interactions are handled by the ACGME staff members assigned to support the Review Committees. Responses may be simple or may require a detailed understanding of the intentions of the accreditation requirements and knowledge of the Review Committee’s past decisions on similar matters. Additionally, the ACGME provides periodic instruction to the institutional and program staff members on how to prepare for accreditation reviews and implement accreditation requirements.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Review Committees Assigned to This Position:
Education, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Position requires significant use of standard office equipment, such as a personal computer, keyboard, mouse, copier, fax machine, telephone, etc.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the Executive Director, Surgical Accreditation:
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