AAIM offers a variety of resources to improve your programs. Learn more about "best practice" resources and tools, guidelines and positions, curricular resources, and other features for internal medicine faculty and staff.
APDIM Council Develops Time Away from Training FAQ
In its continuing goal to reduce common sources of stress for program directors, APDIM has collaborated with ABIM to develop a "frequently asked questions" document that will help to ensure that trainees who require extended time away have appropriate training and stay with ABIM policies. APDIM Council members worked closely with ABIM leaders to clarify answers to common questions that arise when trying to determine whether trainees will require an extension of their training time, while the APDIM Survey Committee polled program directors to determine how their understanding of ABIM policy aligns with the provided clarifications.The downloadable FAQ document incorporates a few case vignettes to allow practice in applying the principles while the answer key for the 2019 APDIM Spring Survey section provides reinforcment to understanding the principles.Review the FAQs
AAIM Introduces Primary Care Track ToolkitThe AAIM Primary Care Track Toolkit is a practical evidence-based curriculum for medical educators interested in starting or enhancing primary care tracks in their residency programs.Access Toolkit
Alliance Invited to Comment on ABIM Procedural Competency Requirements
The ABIM Internal Medicine Board recently invited AAIM to provide its feedback about procedural competency as a complement to ACGME's upcoming efforts to update the training requirements for accredited residency programs; ABIM sets duration of training and procedural requirements for internal medicine certification.
The Alliance provided a response by the September 6, 2018 deadline.
AAIM Guidelines for Residency Interview Scheduling
The Alliance strongly urges all programs to extend interview invitations in a manner that preserves and protects the educational value of the fourth year and allows students to fully participate in educational activities without the fear of missing interview invitations.
FAQs About the ACGME Resident Survey for Program Directors
The ACGME Resident Survey is an annual survey required as one of several tools used by the Review Committee (RC) to monitor programs for accreditation. The 2017 APDIM Spring Survey identified stress and pressure on program directors attributable to the annual resident survey. The stress is related to the implications of the survey for accreditation, vague and confusing language for trainees, and the pressure to make changes in their program to improve the survey. We share answers to program directors' frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help address these important concerns.
Guidelines for a Standardized Fellowship Letter of Recommendation
AAIM has endorsed new standards for the program director letter of recommendation (LOR) for fellowship applicants. Published in the May 2017 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, these guidelines seek to improve reliability and efficiency through standardization, while continuing to allow advocacy and discussion of applicant characteristics and reflect efforts to overcome challenges of the current LOR involving variation in terminology, length, interpretation, and meaningful comparison.
Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training
In an effort to improve and streamline the credentialing process, APDIM has provided feedback and clarification for the standardized “Verification of Graduate Medical Education Training” (VGMET) to ensure that all program directors are providing similar information to state medical boards.
The AAIM Clinical Competency Committee Collaborative Learning Community developed user friendly tools to educate core faculty and CCC members.
The Alliance is facilitating discussions across the continuum to include learners, student advisors, residency faculty and staff, chairs, and deans to provide correct data about the match and ease the burden of review .
The AAIM Education Committee selected 16 member submissions as "best practices," based upon clarity of description, innovation and novelty, capability of informing milestone reporting, and potential applicability to other training programs.