Building Excellence in our Clinical Learning Environments for GME

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This webinar from the AHA's Physician Leadership Forum and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) discusses building excellence in clinical learning environments for graduate medical education.

Presenter Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH, senior vice president for Institutional Accreditation with ACGME, discusses the purpose of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program along with the core themes noted in the report of findings from the first cycle of nearly 300 CLER site visits. He highlights some of the progress made toward engaging resident and fellow physicians to improve patient safety, health care quality, and other focus areas as well as high-leverage opportunities for improvement.

Recognizing the many factors that impact the optimization of learning environments, the ACGME has launched Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments to stimulate shared learning and innovation in the clinical learning environments. Dr. Weiss describes this national initiative and the role of clinical leadership. Learning objectives include:

  • Define six focus areas associated with effective clinical learning environments
  • Identify overarching themes that provide opportunities for high-leverage improvement
  • Develop awareness of the innovation collaborative model and key drivers
  • Consider what health care and physician leaders can do to impact change

About the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education:
The ACGME is a private, non-profit, professional organization responsible for the accreditation of approximately 9,600 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. For more information, visit