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ACGME Terms of Use

Welcome to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education ("ACGME") Web site (the "Site"). Please take a moment to read the following terms and conditions ("Terms of Use"). Your continued use of this Site is subject to these Terms of Use. 

BY ACCESSING AND BROWSING THIS SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF USE, YOU MAY NOT USE THIS SITE. 

open Grant of Limited License

The information provided on this site is solely for your educational, noncommercial use. Other uses are not permitted unless you receive ACGME's prior written approval. You are authorized to make a reasonable number of copies of documents or forms published by ACGME on this Web site provided you retain all copyright or other proprietary notices and disclaimers on any copies. Any special rules for the use of certain software and other items provided on the Site may be included elsewhere within the Site and are incorporated into these Terms of Use by reference. Copying other than in accordance with these terms is strictly forbidden. 

You may only use this site for legal purposes. You may not use this site to publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene or otherwise unlawful material or information on or through this Site. You may not download files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other applicable law or regulation unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents. The obligation of determining whether any such material is protected by intellectual property law rests with you. Any messages, advice, opinions or other information posted to the Site by third parties should not be viewed as endorsed or otherwise approved by ACGME. Use of such information is at your own risk and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

This Site contains the names, e-mail addresses and other contact information of various individuals affiliated with ACGME. This information is provided to assist you in contacting the appropriate person within the ACGME regarding specific questions you may have about our programs. Collection, distribution and use of this contact information for other purposes is strictly prohibited. Without limiting the foregoing, physician information provided on this Site, either by ACGME or posted by third parties, should not be used to verify a physician's credentials. 

open Linking Policy

This Site contains links to third party sites, which are not under ACGME's control. These sites are not governed by this Terms of Use or ACGME's Privacy Policy. ACGME disclaims all responsibility for the operation of such sites, including the information collection practices of such sites. ACGME does not monitor or review the content of third party sites linked to this Site and consequently does not endorse the content of such sites. You acknowledge that ACGME is not responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, decency or any other aspect of the content of such sites. Linking to such sites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions governing those sites.


open Privacy

Your use of this site is subject to ACGME's Privacy Policy, which is incorporated by reference into these Terms of Use.  Click here to view our Privacy Policy. 


open User Submissions

Except as provided for in our Privacy Policy, any material, information or other communication you transmit or post to this Site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary ("Communications"). ACGME will have no obligations with respect to the Communications. By submitting Communications to the Site, you grant ACGME a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right to copy, publish, disclose, distribute, incorporate and otherwise use the Communications and all data, images, sounds, text, and other things embodied therein in any form now known or hereinafter developed for any and all commercial or non-commercial purposes.

By posting information in or otherwise using our chat room, emailing other users or using other interactive features of this Site, you agree that you will not upload, post, or otherwise distribute or facilitate distribution of any content that: (1) contains material protected by intellectual property laws, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other applicable law or regulation unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents. The obligation of determining whether any such material is protected by intellectual property law rests with you.; (2) contains confidential information; (3) contains medical advice; (4) contains software viruses or programs designed or intended to interfere, damage or limit the functioning of any software or hardware or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of any third party; (5) misrepresents your identity, including the use by someone else of your identification for posting, emailing or viewing comments; (6) is abusive, defamatory, deceptive, obscene, malicious, harassing, libelous, threatening or otherwise unlawful; (7) constitutes an advertisement or solicitation for business; or (8) otherwise violates any laws or regulations, including without limitation any unsolicited commercial email regulations. You are solely responsible for your own Communications, the consequences of posting or emailing those Communications, and your reliance on any Communications found in the chat rooms or elsewhere on the Site or sent to your by other users of the Site. In no event shall ACGME be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such Communications. 

ACGME reserves the right, in its sole discretion, but does not assume any obligation, to do any or all of the following: (1) monitor, edit or disclose any Communications; (2) record chat room dialogue; (3) investigate and determine whether a Communication is inappropriate; (4) edit or delete any Communications posted on the Site, regardless of whether such Communications violate these Terms of Use.

open Web Accreditation Data System (ADS)

The Web ADS is an online service of ACGME that allows authorized program directors of accredited graduated medical education programs to input limited amounts of Program Information Form data onto servers maintained by ACGME or on its behalf. By using this online service, you agree that ACGME and its authorized agents have the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store and use the submitted information consistent with the terms of your then-current agreement with ACGME. Access to the Web ADS is secured by an encryption certificate obtained through the Verisign Corporation. We use 128-bit SSL encryption to help ensure the secure transfer of information. Only program directors with a valid password may access and/or submit information to the Web ADS. Sponsors and accredited programs may only access and/or update their own Program Information Form records. Sponsors and accredited programs acknowledge that information submitted to the online Program Information Form shall be accurate, complete and truthful. You are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to your Web ADS password or account and agree to immediately notify ACGME of any need to deactivate a password. ACGME does not warrant or represent that the information you submit will be protected against loss, misuse or alteration by third parties. Click here for further information on privacy and security. 


open Resident Data Collection System (RDCS)

The RDCS is an online service of ACGME that allows authorized medical residents of accredited graduate medical educational programs to input limited amounts of patient interaction information for purposes of tracking the resident's educational progress. By using this online service, you agree that ACGME and its authorized agents have the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store and use the submitted information consistent with the terms of the then-current agreement between ACGME and your educational institution. Access to the RDCS is secured by an encryption certificate obtained through the . Only authorized users may access and/or submit information on the RDCS. Residents may only access and/or update their own individual resident data. Residents acknowledge that information posted by the resident to the resident's RDCS record shall be accurate, complete and truthful. No one except the resident may update or modify the resident's RDCS record. Residents are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to the resident's RDCS password or account and agree to immediately notify ACGME of any need to deactivate a password. ACGME does not warrant or represent that the information you submit will be protected against loss, misuse or alteration by third parties.  Click here for further information on privacy and security.


open Intellectual Property

© 2000 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To the maximum extent permitted under law, all text, images and other materials available on this Site are protected by U.S. copyright law, various international treaties and other applicable law. The copyright on such materials is held by ACGME, its licensors or by the original creator of the materials. Permission is granted to display, copy, distribute, and download the materials on this Site solely for educational, noncommercial purposes provided you do not modify the materials and that you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. Use of these materials for any other purposes is prohibited without the prior written consent of ACGME. Permission to use this Site shall terminate automatically if you breach any of the Terms of Use. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. Any unauthorized use of the materials appearing on the Site may violate copyright, trade identity and other applicable laws or regulations and could result in criminal or civil penalties. ACGME disclaims any proprietary rights in copyrighted materials or trademarks belonging to others. Your use of this Site does not create any license or any other rights in ACGME's or any third party's copyrights, trademarks or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.

ACGME is a service mark of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. ACGME's service mark may be used publicly only with the written permission of ACGME.

As a service to the users of this Site, ACGME provides a bibliography and accompanying abstracts about various third party journal articles, research papers, presentations, books and other materials relevant to graduate medical accreditation. The views reflected in these materials are those of the respective authors and not the ACGME.

open Disclaimer of Warranty

Your use of the Site is at your own risk. ALL INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. Some states/jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above disclaimer may not apply to you. 

ACGME MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS SITE, INCLUDING ANY TECHNICAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ACGME WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF THIS SITE, WILL BE COMPLETE, ACCURATE, CURRENT, APPROPRIATE OR ERROR-FREE. ACGME ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION, COMPUTER VIRUS, OR COMPUTER LINE FAILURE IN ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE. NOR DOES ACGME WARRANT THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION, TEXT, GRAPHICS, LINKS, OR OTHER ITEMS CONTAINED WITHIN THE SITE. 

ACGME MAKES NO COMMITMENT TO UPDATE THE INFORMATION FOUND AT THIS SITE. HOWEVER, ACGME RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES, OMISSIONS, IMPROVEMENTS, OR OTHER MODIFICATIONS IN ANY OF THE INFORMATION AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. 

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL ACGME OR ITS CONTRACTUAL VENDORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF PROFITS, OR LOSS OF USE, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE INFORMATION ON THIS SITE (OR SITES LINKED TO THIS SITE), EVEN IF ACGME HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Some states/jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation may not apply to you. 


open Indemnification


You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless ACGME and its directors, officers, employees, contractors, representatives and agents from any and all claims, losses, deficiencies, damages, liabilities, settlements, costs, and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable attorneys' fees and all related costs and expenses) arising from your use or inability to use this Site. 


open Termination of Services

ACGME reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or part of this Site, with or without notice. You agree that ACGME and its directors, officers, employees, contractors, representatives and agents shall not be liable to you in the event of such termination. Upon termination, you must immediately destroy any copies of any information and materials you have downloaded from the Site. 


open Errors & Omissions

The information and materials at this Site may be out of date, incomplete or inaccurate. ACGME makes no commitment to correct or update the materials at this Site. You agree that ACGME shall not be liable for omissions or technical or typographical errors or out-of-date information which may appear on this site. 

open Revisions

ACGME may revise or withdraw the Site's content, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. ACGME may at any time revise these Terms of Use by updating this posting. By using this Site, you agree to be bound by any such revisions and you agree to periodically visit this page to determine the then-current Site Terms of Use to which you are bound. 



open Force Majeure

ACGME shall not be liable for damages for any delay or failure arising out of causes beyond its reasonable control and without default or negligence, including but not limited to acts of God, war, riot, embargoes, acts of civil or military authorities, fire, floods, accidents, strikes, or shortages of transportation, facilities, fuel, energy, labor or materials. 


open Governing Law

By using this Site you agree that this agreement, and all matters relating to your use of this Site, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States of America, State of Illinois, without regard to choice of law principles. You agree and hereby submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts of Cook County and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with respect to such matters. 


open Miscellaneous

ACGME is based in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States of America. ACGME makes no claims that the content of this Site is appropriate or may be downloaded outside of the United States. If you access this Site outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws and regulations of your jurisdiction. If any provision of this Terms of Use shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law, and all other provisions shall be unaffected thereby. The section headings used herein are for convenience of reference only and do not form a part of these Terms of Use, and no construction or inference shall be derived therefrom. This agreement, together with the incorporated documents, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties relating to the Site and its use and supersedes any previous written or oral agreement or understanding of the parties hereto with respect to such subject matter. If you have any questions regarding these Terms of Use, please contact the ACGME at the following address: ACGME, 515 North State Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60654. Our phone number is 312.755.5000.