The ACGME requires that all residency programs educate residents in the following areas that pertain to diversity and inclusion. As of the 2020 ACGME Resident Survey, questions are asked that relate to education in these areas.
ACGME Ophthalmology Program Requirements 7.1.2020
Residents learn to provide optimal patient care under supervision of faculty members who not only instruct, but serve as role models of excellence, compassion, professionalism, and scholarship.
Graduate medical education transforms medical students into physician scholars who care for the whole patient, family, and a diverse community.
Graduate medical education develops physicians who focus on excellence in delivery of safe, equitable, affordable, quality care; and the health of the populations they serve.
Graduate medical education values the strength that a diverse group of physicians brings to medical care.
Background and Intent: Participating sites will reflect the health care needs of the community and the educational needs of residents.
Background and Intent: It is expected that the Sponsoring Institution has, and programs implement, policies and procedures related to recruitment and retention of minorities underrepresented in medicine and medical leadership in accordance with the Sponsoring Institution’s mission and aims. The program’s annual evaluation must include an assessment on the program’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, as noted in V.C.1.c).(5).(c).
The program director must ensure the program’s compliance with the Sponsoring Institution’s policies and procedures on employment and non-discrimination.
Residents must demonstrate competence in respect and responsiveness to diverse patient populations, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, national origin, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.
The Program Evaluation Committee should consider the following elements in its assessment of the program: aggregate resident and faculty well-being; recruitment and retention; workforce diversity.
Programs, in partnership with their Sponsoring Institutions, must provide a professional, equitable, respectful, and civil environment that is free from discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, mistreatment, abuse, or coercion of students, residents, faculty, and staff.
Programs, in partnership with their Sponsoring Institutions, should have a process for education of residents and faculty regarding unprofessional behavior and a confidential process for reporting, investigating, and addressing such concerns.
VI.C. Background and Intent
The ACGME is committed to addressing physician well-being for individuals and as it relates to the learning and working environment. The creation of a learning and working environment with a culture of respect and accountability for physician well-being is crucial to physicians’ ability to deliver the safest, best possible care to patients. The ACGME is leveraging its resources in four key areas to support the ongoing focus on physician well-being: education, influence, research, and collaboration.