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by Jill Clendening | Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 9:45 AM
Joel Musee, M.D., Ph.D., a second-year resident in Vanderbilt’s Department of Anesthesiology, has been selected from a national pool of applicants to serve on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee for Anesthesiology.
The ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that accredits more than 9,000 medical residency and fellowship programs in 133 specialties and subspecialties.
The Review Committee for Anesthesiology sets the accreditation standards and provides peer evaluation of anesthesiology programs or institutions to determine their compliance with educational standards. It also confers an accreditation status for programs and institutions meeting those standards.
The evaluation of residents is changing dramatically due to the implementation of the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System (NAS). These requirements, which go into effect for Anesthesiology residents in July, are designed to closely track learning “milestones,” or competency-based performance areas.
“The way we train and assess our residents and fellows is undergoing enormous transformation and to have a Vanderbilt Anesthesiology resident selected to serve on this committee is tremendously beneficial,” said Warren Sandberg, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Anesthesiology.
“Joel is ideal for this role, as he has the energy, passion and desire, and the scientific training to move Anesthesia education in a positive direction. This is a great honor for both Joel and for our department.”
The Department of Anesthesiology recently published implementation and early results of an automated system to collect clinical performance data and feed it back to residents and other learners in near real time.
“We can leverage Vanderbilt’s informatics infrastructure to turn the milestones program into something really wonderful in graduate medical education, and we are excited to have Joel representing Vanderbilt and the future of anesthesiology training,” said Matthew McEvoy, M.D., director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program.
Musee received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2012 through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Professional Diversity, and he received an ASA research grant to study the incidence of hypoxemia during non-cardiac pediatric surgery. That work was recently submitted to the journal Anesthesiology and is under review. As a Vanderbilt medical student, Musee received the James Tayloe Gwathmey Award for academic excellence in anesthesiology.
“My generation of anesthesiologists-in-training is facing a quickly changing landscape when it comes to our educational requirements,” Musee said. “To be part of the committee that is driving and overseeing these changes as they are implemented is an incredible privilege.”
Having Musee on the Review Committee for Anesthesiology is a benefit to the School of Medicine, as the new standards from the ACGME are put into place for all specialties this year, said Donald Brady, M.D., senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development.
“Joel now has a front-row seat to the dynamics that directly impact the education of all of our future physicians,” said Brady. “As leaders at an academic medical center committed to the best delivery of care for our patients and the finest education for our learners, we can’t ask for better access and insight than that.”
“We are so proud of Joel’s accomplishments and this national recognition of his talents,” said Bonnie Miller, M.D., senior associate dean for Health Sciences Education. “He epitomizes Vanderbilt’s mission of nurturing future leaders in medicine.”
Jill Clendening, (615) 322-4747
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