Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Accreditation Information and Other Resources for Institutional and Program Leaders and Staff Members; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers; and Residents and Fellows

The ACGME recognizes how increasing diversity in the physician workforce positively impacts health care access and patient outcomes, a key part of the organization's mission. To maintain and reaffirm its commitment to this initiative, the ACGME has charged its Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to develop and curate resources so the GME community has the knowledge and tools it needs to advance physician workforce diversity and build safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments for physicians.

Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Accreditation

The ACGME has enacted several Common Program Requirements addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Individual Review Committees review multiple data points provided by Sponsoring Institutions and programs annually to determine substantial compliance with all ACGME requirements including the following:

  • Section I.C. Addresses recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Requirement II.A.4.a).10. specifies the need for program directors to cultivate an environment in which residents and fellows can raise concerns and provide feedback without fear of intimidation or retaliation.
  • Section V begins to address evaluation and asks programs to collect data on ultimate board certification rates of its graduates, with the intent of decreasing reliance on first time pass rates as a measure of excellence.
  • Requirement VI.B.6. states that programs and Sponsoring Institutions must provide a professional, and respectful environment free from discrimination, harassment, mistreatment, abuse, or coercion.

Providing Resources and Promising Practices

Everyone in the GME community should have an opportunity to work and be educated in an environment that reflects and respects diversity in all its facets. Conversely, everyone in the GME community has a responsibility to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels. Through the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion the ACGME is developing resources, tools, forums, and other avenues to help GME live up to this goal. Any individual or institution with a resource or promising practice to share with the GME community is invited to contribute.


Engaging GME Stakeholders

Everyone in the GME community has a role to play to create welcoming clinical learning environments and help develop physicians attuned to the needs of patients and colleagues from all backgrounds and experiences. The department continuously reviews and evaluates resources to help individuals across the continuum connect, develop awareness, and build and enhance local programs and efforts in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These will regularly be added to the ACGME website and Learn at ACGME online learning portal, so check back often.

Institutional and Program Leadership
These resources are for designated institutional officials (DIOs), institutional coordinators, department chairs, program directors, and program coordinators.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership
These resources are for department deans, chairs and vice chairs of diversity and inclusion, diversity officers, and diversity advisory council and/or committee members.

Residents and Fellows
The ACGME believes clinical learning environments should be safe and supportive for all residents and fellows, and supports ensuring that residents and fellows learn to care for the diverse populations and demographics of their local institutional and programmatic setting.

Specialty Associations
These resources are under development. Check back regularly for updates.


Volunteer Opportunities

The ACGME frequently has open opportunities to contribute comments on documents in development or revision, or to share your voice, expertise, and opinions by participating as a volunteer on a committee, task force, or other group. Current opportunities:

Award Information


The ACGME Diversity and Inclusion Award is now the Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award in honor of Dr. Ross-Lee’s illustrious career, contributions to graduate medical education (GME), and expertise on health policy. Read more about Dr. Ross-Lee.

Nominations for 2022 are now being accepted; the deadline is April 28, 2021.

Promising Practices
On the soon-to-launch Promising Practices page, the ACGME will share resources, programs, and other ways Sponsoring Institutions and programs are addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers Forum
This forum is open to anyone serving in this role. Monthly calls are held on the second Wednesday of each month unless otherwise indicated, at 5:00-6:00 p.m. Central. The next calls will be held:

  • April 15, 2021 (Thursday)
  • May 12, 2021
  • June 9, 2021
  • No July Meeting
  • August 11, 2021
  • September 15, 2021
  • October 13, 2021
  • November 10, 2021
  • December 8, 2021

To sign up, email diversity@acgme.org.

Contact Us:

William McDade, MD, PhD
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD, FAAOS
Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Gizelle Clemens, MPA
Project Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Lorraine Jackson
Administrative Assistant

Email: diversity@acgme.org