Understanding ACGME Scholarly Activity Requirements for General Surgery Programs in the Era of Single Accreditation and the Next Accreditation System

Am Surg. 2018 Feb 1;84(2):e40-43.


Becoming compliant with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements for scholarly activity and remaining compliant over time requires time and attention to the development of an environment of inquiry, which is reflected in detailed documentation submitted in program applications and annual updates. Since the beginning of the next accreditation system, all ACGME programs have been required to submit evidence of scholarly activity of both residents and faculty on an annual basis. Since 2014, American Osteopathic Association-accredited programs have been able to apply for ACGME accreditation under the Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation initiative. The Residency Program Director, Chair, Designated Institutional Official, Faculty, and coordinator need to work cohesively to ensure compliance with all program requirements, including scholarly activity in order for American Osteopathic Association-accredited programs to receive Initial ACGME Accreditation and for current ACGME-accredited programs to maintain accreditation. Fortunately, there are many ways to show the type of scholarly activity that is required for the training of surgeons. In this article, we will review the ACGME General Surgery Program Requirements and definitions of scholarly activity. We will also offer suggestions for how programs may show evidence of scholarly activity.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / standards*
  • Biomedical Research / education*
  • Biomedical Research / standards
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards*
  • Faculty, Medical / standards
  • General Surgery / education*
  • General Surgery / standards
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / standards*
  • Osteopathic Medicine / economics
  • Osteopathic Medicine / standards
  • Publishing / standards
  • Research Support as Topic / standards
  • United States