ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

ACGME Mission, Vision and Values

Mission Statement

We improve health care by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through accreditation.


We imagine a world characterized by:

  • A structured approach to evaluating the competency of all residents and fellows
  • Motivated physician role models leading all GME programs
  • High-quality, supervised, humanistic, clinical educational experience, with customized formative feedback
  • Clinical learning environments characterized by excellence in clinical care, safety, and professionalism
  • Residents and fellows achieving specialty specific proficiency prior to graduation
  • Residents and fellows prepared to become Virtuous Physicians who place the needs and well-being of patients first.


  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Excellence and Innovation
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Fairness and Equity
  • Leadership and Collaboration
  • Stewardship and Service
  • Engagement of Stakeholders