Welcome to the University of Minnesota's Graduate Medical Education program!
The University of Minnesota has a long tradition of post-graduate training in nearly all of the medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. The Medical School sponsors over eighty residency and fellowship programs at nearly every hospital in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and numerous urban and rural clinics and hospitals in Minnesota. This website will link you to programs of interest and provide you with information about our residency and fellowship programs.
John S. Andrews, MD
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
GME Annual Report
GME BULLETIN BOARD
NEW--Annual Program Coordinator Excellence Award
The GME Office is pleased to announce the establishment of the Annual Program Coordinator Excellence Award. This award will recognize the significant contributions of our program coordinators to GME programs at the University of Minnesota by acknowledging distinguished achievement.
A description of the award and a nomination form can be found here. The criteria for selection are deliberately rigorous. We want this award to be representative of significant achievement.
The award recipient(s) will be acknowledged at our spring GME Grand Rounds in June. In addition to a plaque, we will be sponsoring a monetary award and a plaque in the GME Offices that maintains a record of awardees.
Please consider nominating a deserving individual from your department or center. If you have questions or suggestions please contact Dr. John Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW--2014 ACGME Faculty Survey
The annual ACGME Faculty Survey will resume Monday, November 18th for the 2013-2014 academic year. Several Phase II specialties will participate in November (Allergy & Immunology; Colon & Rectal Surgery; Otolaryngology and subs; OBGYN and subs; Preventive Medicine and subs; Radiation Oncology) and the remaining Phase II and Phase I specialties will participate between January and April of 2014. As always, Program Directors and Coordinators will be notified of their required participation by email at the beginning of their scheduled window. Faculty Survey reporting windows are approximately five weeks in length and require a 60% response rate.
Programs must notify faculty members directly of their required participation. A list of required survey takers will be available once the reporting window opens for your program. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
ACGME--Department of Field Activities
Site Visits after July 1, 2013
After July 1, 2013, all site visits for programs with a status of Continued Accreditation, including for both Phase I and Phase II specialty programs, will be conducted without a Program Information Form (PIF). Programs with Initial Accreditation scheduled for a site visit to transition into the Next Accreditation System (NAS) will be expected to update the specialty-specific portion of their application documents. More detailed information can be found on the ACGME’s NAS microsite
in an updated FAQ on accreditation site visits. The ACGME has also recently updated the FAQ on new program applications, mergers, and transfers of sponsorship.
Minnesota Needs Doctors Website
In an ongoing concerted effort to generate awareness on the graduate medical education (GME) funding shortage and eventual resulting imminent doctor shortage, MMCGME Services and the MMCGME Advocacy Committee developed a communication strategy to promote understanding and inspire action. Due to the complexity of the issue and recurring community questions, MinnesotaNeedsDoctors.org was created as a way to provide information and allow people to share their experiences. The website includes a collection of testimonials which reinforce the importance of GME funding and make it a community conversation.
How you can help:
1. Contact your state legislators and urge them to protect state funding for GME.
2. Write a letter to your newspaper about the need to invest in GME.
3. Visit www.minnesotaneedsdoctors.org and share your testimonial on how the doctor shortage has impacted you or your community.
4. Tweet about your experience and use the hashtag: #MNneedsDocs
5. Share the www.minnesotaneedsdoctors.org website via email and social media sites.
If you would like additional information or have suggestions on ways to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes Announced to Structure of USMLE Step 3--effective 2014
As previously announced, changes to the Step 3 examination will occur in 2014.
The current Step 3 examination is administered in two 8-hour test sessions, which must be taken on consecutive days. The restructured examination will also be two test days; however, examinees will be able to schedule the two test days on non-consecutive days. The examination days will consist of the following:
Step 3 Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP): this test day will focus on assessment of knowledge of foundational medicine and science essential for effective health care. Content areas covered will include applying foundational sciences; biostatistics, epidemiology/population health, and interpretation of the medical literature; and social sciences, including communication and interpersonal skills, medical ethics, and systems-based practice/patient safety. The test day will also include some content assessing knowledge of diagnosis and management. This test day will consist solely of multiple-choice questions and will include some of the newer item formats, such as those based on scientific abstracts and pharmaceutical advertisements.
Step 3 Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM): this test day will focus on assessment of applying comprehensive knowledge of health and disease in the context of patient management. Content areas covered will include assessment of knowledge of history and physical examination, diagnosis and use of diagnostic studies, prognosis/outcome, health maintenance/screening, therapeutics, and medical decision-making. This test day will include multiple-choice questions and computer-based case simulations.
A single score (with graphical performance profile information) and a single pass/fail outcome will be reported following completion of both examination days.
The restructured Step 3 examination will be administered beginning November, 2014. During an approximately one-month period (October, 2014), it is likely that no Step 3 examinations will be administered.
Practice materials for the restructured examinations will be posted to the USMLE website in mid-2014. Examinees should anticipate a score delay following the introduction of the restructured examinations. Additional information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Please click here to view the announcement on the USMLE website.