Reports from the Coalition for Physician Accountability


The Coalition for Physician Accountability – a cross-organizational group of national medical education organizations, of which NRMP collaborated as a planning group member – released its Final Report and Recommendations for Medical Education Institutions of LCME-Accredited, U.S. Osteopathic, and Non-U.S. Medical School Applicants (see documents below), covering three major issues that applicants and training programs are facing as they prepare for the 2020-21 residency cycle during the COVID-19 pandemic: Away rotations; In-person interviews for residency; and, the ERAS timeline.

These recommendations are intended to add to, but not supersede, the independent judgment of a medical school, sponsoring institution, or residency program regarding the immediate needs of its patients and preparation of its learners. However, a consistent approach to disruptions caused by the pandemic will reduce unnecessary confusion, stress, and inequity among students, and promote a more successful residency selection process.

While the Coalition recognizes there can be no “one size fits all” solution, it believes these recommendations can promote consistency and fairness for all applicants.

New! January 25, 2021: The Coalition for Physician Accountability has released updated recommendations on away rotations for medical schools and non-U.S. medical school applicants for the 2021-22 academic year.  The recommendations update the guidance published on May 11, 2020, entitled Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training (see above.)

Medical Student Away Rotations for Remainder of 2020-21 and 2021-22 Academic Year:

The Workgroup has issued the following recommendations on away rotations and interviews to guide the transition from residency to fellowship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the guidance  is to promote public and professional safety by mitigating the effects of pandemic-related disruption in the transition to graduate medical education.

The Coalition for Physician Accountability has released Maintaining Quality and Safety Standards Amid COVID-19, a guidance document for healthcare administrators and credentialing staff who are supporting the contributions of new or volunteer physicians to patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document is a resource for staff tasked with the deployment of physicians, residents, fellows), and retired or inactive physicians, in order to ensure the safe delivery of quality clinical care during this emergency.

The Coalition for Physician Accountability has released the following recommendations as guidance for learners, schools, institutions, and organizations in the transition of medical school graduates into their PGY-1 appointments in US residency programs in 2020.