Due to the desire to keep examinees safe, the written Board exam is rescheduled to October 26, 2020. Read the announcement here.
Note from the ACGME
The common program requirements state:
I.D.1. The program, in partnership with its Sponsoring Institution, must ensure the availability of adequate resources for resident education. (Core)
I.D.2. The program, in partnership with its Sponsoring Institution, must ensure healthy and safe learning and working environments that promote resident well-being and provide for: (Core)
IV.B.1.b) Patient Care and Procedural Skills :
Quality patient care is safe, effective, timely, efficient, patient-centered, equitable, and designed to improve population health, while reducing per capita costs. (See the Institute of Medicine [IOM]’s Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001 and Berwick D, Nolan T, Whittington J. The Triple Aim: care, cost, and quality. Health Affairs. 2008; 27(3):759-769.). In addition, there should be a focus on improving the clinician’s well-being as a means to improve patient care and reduce burnout among residents, fellows, and practicing physicians.
IV.B.1.b).(2) Residents must be able to perform all medical, diagnostic, and surgical procedures considered essential for the area of practice. (Core)
The ACGME the Plastic Surgery RRC in particular recognize the impact that the COVID pandemic is having on clinical experience. They recognize that the cessation of elective cases will have a noticeable effect on case logs. As such, each program's CCC will continue to evaluate a resident's readiness to advance and/or graduate based on overall competence in plastic surgery. Click here to read more.
Information for Medical Students During COVID-19
The extent to which the current COVID-19 pandemic will affect visiting sub-internships for fourth year medical students this year and next is unknown. Currently, medical schools are enacting individual policies regulating visiting sub-internships for their students and potential visitors. The Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VLSO or VSAS), which is coordinated by the AAMC, has strongly recommended all medical schools prohibit student patient interactions for a minimum of two weeks starting on March 17, 2020. However, the VSAS application remains open and programs can review applications. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, ACAPS recommends that plastic surgery programs wait to notify potential visiting sub-interns until the AAMC has made further recommendations on medical student interactions with patients. Though we cannot give a definitive date when this will happen, we feel that a coordinated approach from all institutions and ACAPS will give our future plastic surgery residents the best opportunity to have an equitable and robust sub-internship experience. We also recommend that students planning to do visiting sub-internships clear this with their Dean’s offices and that of the medical school they wish to visit to be certain that both institutions endorse away rotations during the planned time period.