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NPSF Joins 20 Other Partners in ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments

Tuesday, February 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Initiative Aims to Transform Graduate Medical Education and
Improve Patient Outcomes

The National Patient Safety Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments, a four-year initiative designed to promote transformative improvement within the clinical learning environments of ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions in which resident and fellow physicians pursue their formal clinical training in a specialty or subspecialty.

The ACGME will provide funding through a competitive award process. Up to eight Sponsoring Institutions will be selected to receive awards of up to $75,000 per year over four years, with the expectation that each will provide a 1:1 match of those funds. The initiative aims to enhance and elevate graduate medical education and prepare physicians for the future of health care.

“Given dramatic changes under way in the institutions that sponsor graduate medical education, the ACGME has committed seed funding to spur research and rapid innovation in the clinical learning environment,” said Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, ACGME chief executive officer. “Pursuing Excellence is a catalyst for change, with the goals of enhanced patient care and interprofessional team-based teaching practices.”

The initiative stems from the ACGME’s Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, which was launched in 2012 to provide feedback to the nation’s teaching hospital and medical center leadership. Innovations from Pursuing Excellence will be disseminated through a shared system of ongoing, collaborative learning, and will include three major components: Pathway Innovators, Pathway Leaders and Pathway Learners.

“The National Patient Safety Foundation supports ACGME and the Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative as an important way to advance patient safety knowledge and practice among physicians in training and the health care workforce,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, president and chief executive officer, NPSF.

The Request for Proposals will be issued following the ACGME’s Annual Educational Conference February 25-28, 2016, and the awardees will be announced the first week of July 2016.

NPSF joins the ACGME and 20 other national, interprofessional health care and education organizations seeking to rapidly improve the quality of the clinical learning environment in which physicians and other clinical professionals are trained. Partners will meet regularly and provide critical insights and expertise to inform the initiative over its four years. Visit for the full list of partners and additional information about Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments.



The ACGME is a private, non-profit, professional organization responsible for the accreditation of approximately 9,500 residency and fellowship programs and approximately 700 institutions that sponsor these programs in the United States. Residency and fellowship programs educate over 120,000 resident physicians in 130 specialties and subspecialties. The ACGME’s mission is to improve health care and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education through accreditation.

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