New Non-Standard Training (NST) Recognition by the ACGME: Important for Institutions Sponsoring Exchange Visitors (J-1) Physicians
Programs seeking to enroll J-1 physicians in non-standard training must ensure the following requirements are met:
- The ACGME has granted Non-Standard Training (NST) Recognition for the Sponsoring Institution (replaces the previously required endorsement by an appropriate ABMS Member Board).
- Confirmation that the Sponsoring Institution’s Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) has approved the non-standard training program and associated program descriptions; GMEC approval is evidenced through the completion and submission of ECFMG’s GMEC & Parent Program Verification Form.
- Non-standard training must occur within an ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institution and at a primary activity site for the associated ACGME-accredited “parent” program. Both must apply. To search for a specific ACGME-accredited program and its associated “primary clinical site(s),” refer here.
The ACGME has provided a list of non-standard training program types, including examples of non-standard training programs previously approved for participants in the Exchange Visitor Program with J-1 visas sponsored by the ECFMG®. In this list, each program type has been linked to its most closely related specialty(ies) and/or subspecialty(ies). Below is a snapshot of residency training programs that are affiliated with a high number of NST program types.
Table 1. Most Closely Related ACGME Program with ten (10) or more Identified NST Program Types
|Most Closely Related ACGME Program||Number of NST Program Types (Proposed)|
|Pathology – Anatomic and Clinical||22|
It will not be conferred upon individual NST programs.
NST Recognition Application
Institutions seeking this recognition must submit NST recognition applications using the online application process within the Accreditation Data System (ADS). The Institutional Review Committee makes quarterly decisions on NST recognition applications. Sponsoring institutions must maintain ACGME accreditation without an adverse accreditation status to be eligible for NST Recognition. The ACGME has slated three (3) application review and decision cycles for the next calendar year.
Table 2. Upcoming Review Committee Meeting Dates for 2023
|Agenda Closing Date||RC Meeting Date|
|February 7, 2023||May 2-5, 2023|
|July 18, 2023||October 10-13, 2023|
|October 24, 2023||January 16-29, 2024|
For Sponsoring Institutions needing assistance with the NST Application, contact Germane Solutions here.
 https://www.ecfmg.org/evsp/nonstandard-training-host-institution-fact-sheet.pdf \