Academic Faculty Toolbox

Graduate medical education program directors and faculty have the great responsibility of developing, overseeing, and improving residency or fellowship educational programs. The Academic Faculty Toolbox will serve as a central repository of high quality educational materials such as PowerPoint presentations, electronic databases and resources, assessment tools, computer-based instruction/internet coursework, faculty development materials, and library service links to aid in the aforementioned faculty duties. A variety of educational resource links have been identified to support improvements of the instruction and measurement of the six ACGME general competencies. Medical education faculty may adapt the materials found in this toolbox for use in the instruction and evaluation of graduate and undergraduate medical education.

The Academic Faculty Toolbox will also promote life-long learning skills among physician faculty as the use and sharing of this toolbox resource enables better assessment of their own educational needs and of their educational program’s improvement needs. To suggest and/or add items to the toolbox, please email Ann Griffith, manager, Graduate Medical Education Curriculum, at

GME Focus

GME Focus is the ACGME’s web-based compendium to assist program and institution leaders in keeping up with the current graduate medical education literature. New articles address duty hour limits, competencies and educational milestones, procedural skills training, and resident involvement in quality and safety improvement. The website is organized to show the most recent articles at the top of each section or the overall collection.

Visit GME Focus at, or from the new “Quick Links” menus on the right-hand side of the ACGME homepage.

Journal of Graduate Medical Education

The Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME) disseminates scholarship and promotes critical inquiry to inform and engage the graduate medical education community to improve the quality of graduate medical education. It is a peer-reviewed, editorially independent journal published by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Program Directors (PD) Virtual Handbook

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To assist with obtaining information related to the implementation of current ACGME accreditation standards and to prepare for accreditation site visits and review, the ACGME has developed a ‘Virtual Handbook.' The ACGME’s Virtual Handbook provides instructional methods/strategies and evaluation tools for use by GME faculty and is offered as a resource to enhance GME programs.

Assessment Tools for Graduate Medical Education

The ACGME has provided initial measurement tools developed and approved by the RRC to assess the six general competencies. Although the use of the tools listed below are not required by the ACGME Residency Committee, measurement and evaluation are requirements of graduate medical education.

Below are a few examples of the ACGME’s recommended assessment tools. These tools are intended to be measurement suggestions and can be modified for specific residency evaluation needs.

  • Global Rating Form - This form or a modification of it may be used by the faculty to evaluate residents after each major rotation. 

  • Communication, Interpersonal Skills, & Professionalism Evaluation Form and/or Evaluation – Multi-rater Form  - These two forms were designed to be used by appropriate evaluators periodically (once or twice a year) to evaluate a resident’s performance. The multi-rater form is may be used to implement modified 360 degree evaluation processes.

  • Simulation Form - This form may be used by faculty to evaluate a resident’s simulation expertise. A representative sample of cases of each disease type and stage may be evaluated periodically throughout the resident’s training.

  • Oral Examination Form - If the program utilizes periodic mock oral examinations, then this form or a modification of it may be used to evaluate the resident’s performance on the specified examination.

  • Other ACGME Assessment Tools Resources

Health Sciences Online is a free virtual health sciences learning center developed as a result of the call from the World Health Organization to promote improved public health as part of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. Health Sciences Online provides thousands of carefully selected courses, references, textbooks, guidelines, streaming videos -- really any kind of "learning object" you want -- to learn about every major topic in medicine and public health. The online resource is currently adding nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, kinesiology, and other health sciences, too. For more information regarding the development of Health Sciences Online go to: Video option | PDF option

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USC Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) & Faculty Development - The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) & Faculty Development is available to assist by providing programs, consultative services, and resources to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in academic medicine.

Current programs include:

  • AIDETSM - 5 Fundamentals of Patient Communication (CME)
  • Faculty Forward - AAMC Initiative for Faculty Vitality
  • GME Program Director's Conference (CME)
  • Professional Development for New Faculty
  • Support for Department-level Faculty Development
  • Internal Medicine (CME)
  • Preventive Medicine (CME)



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