COPA Releases Additional Recommendations
an amalgamation of most Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education organizations
released new statements. Below are highlights:
- Maintaining Quality and Safety Standards Amid COVID-19 (May 19, 2020): A thirteen
- step guide for managing the entry of new volunteers for continued COVID-19 volunteers
- to ensure the safety of both physicians and patients as well as the delivery of quality care.
- Introduces several links and resources, as well as implementing the action steps laid out by
- reputable sources supplement the materials provided to Sponsoring Institutions
- within the ACGME DIO Idea Exchange.
- Learner Transitions from Medical Schools to Residency 2 Programs in 2020 (May 12,
- 2020): Provides discussion points and resulting recommendations to onboarding and
- orientation of incoming Residents for the July 1, 2020, academic year start. The below
- slideshow outlines the nine recommendations that will impact your new academic year.
Leader Perspective: COPA's recommendations are perfectly timed with the ACGME's
Guidance Statement on Enforcing Compliance with COVID-19 Prevailing Requirements
from May 11, 2020, in which it states failure to comply with ACGME requirements in place,
even during a Pandemic State, is a serious occurrence that can be investigated within 7-
days if deemed emergent enough. Potential outcomes to Alleged Non-Compliance with
ACGME COVID-19 requirements include but are not limited to citation(s), public sanction,
and accreditation status change. These outcomes are not eligible for appeal but are eligible
for "reconsideration" per the new policy. It is strongly advised to take these
recommendations seriously and develop your own methodical way of tracking your
institution's response to all ACGME Guidance Statements and COPA recommendations