New Clinician Educator Milestones Provide Pathways for Professional Development and Framework for Assessment 

The ACCME is pleased to partner with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to share the first-ever Clinician Educator Milestones, designed to support the development and improvement of teaching and learning skills across the continuum of medical education.

This new framework was developed to track key teaching and educational activities for clinician educators, educational leaders, and educational scholars. The Clinician Educator Milestones provide a developmental trajectory of knowledge, skills, and behaviors (performance descriptors) for each defined competency (Administration; Educational Theory and Practice; Well-Being; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in addition to Universal Pillars, which serve as a foundation for lifelong learners. The developmental trajectory can serve as a scaffold for improvement for faculty members and those responsible for faculty development efforts at institutions.

“We are proud to collaborate with ACGME, AACOM, and AAMC to equip educators with tools to support their lifelong learning and development through the Clinician Educator Milestones. This framework not only covers a wide range of sub-competencies in professional development, but also empowers educators to assess their own skillset and identify areas for improvement. As an accrediting body in continuing medical education, we remain committed to fostering a community of practice where educators continuously improve their skills and strategies to support transformative learning.” –Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME

"As an attending physician, the motivation to learn and develop skills is often a time-constrained journey without a distinct path. The Clinician Educator Milestones serve as a vital resource to help physicians navigate their lifelong learning and offer key stepping-stones on the ladder of success. I am enthusiastic about using the milestones in my self-assessment and in the mentorship of my residents and development of my core faculty." –Rebecca Daniel, MD, FACP, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Director of Transitional Year Residency, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

The Clinician Educator Milestones were posted for feedback earlier this spring and build on the competency-based medical education (CBME) method to frame education and assessment around acquisition of knowledge and skills essential for health care professionals. The Clinician Educator Milestones are not an ACCME accreditation requirement and are not intended to become one in the future.

Learn more about the Clinician Educator Milestones here.