Back to Bedside, Back to Meaning in Medicine

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (02/28/19)

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) last year unveiled its Back to Bedside initiative to help resident physicians and fellows make their work more meaningful. Under the program, participants propose their own assignments, which must be approved by ACGME before they can be funded. In the initiative's inaugural year, ACGME expected to fund five projects but ended up funding 30 projects from 16 states, covering 15 specialties. Back to Bedside's current call for applications closes on March 15, 2019. The ACGME is seeking projects from current residents or fellows based on ways to solve obstacles in their day-to-day work. Previous projects include a Resident Trading Card Program and efforts to enhance coordination across different disciplines. These initiatives are helping foster a more compassionate environment, while enabling residents and fellows to strengthen their own quality of life. Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD, ACGME chief of staff and chief education and organizational development officer, observes: "Back to Bedside empowers residents and fellows to identify opportunities to engage with patients, find joy and meaning in work, and inspire their colleagues to do the same."

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