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ACGME issues statement on early medical school graduation

Residency Program Insider, April 8, 2020

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Considering the challenges healthcare facilities are facing due to COVID-19, some medical schools are considering early graduations for their fourth-year medical students so that they may enter the clinical learning environment early to assist with the response to the pandemic.

In a recently released statement, the ACGME did not recommend medical schools graduate their students early. Citing GME programs’ increased clinical volume due to the pandemic, the ACGME stated that many institutions are not equipped to provide comprehensive orientation, training in personal protective equipment (PPE), and direct supervision to incoming residents. Additionally, because these medical students seeking early graduation were released from their fourth-year clerkships early because of a shortage of PPE, early appointment to GME programs would exacerbate the problem.

Despite this, the ACGME recognized that extraordinary circumstances may necessitate that some sponsoring institutions appoint early graduates as residents. Therefore, detailed guidance for early graduation/early appointment to GME programs can be found on the ACGME website.

Source: ACGME



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