No. programs should not delay PEC meetings for this academic year based on not having survey data alone. Survey data is just one of the many elements the PEC reviews as part of the Annual Program Evaluation process.
The pandemic has resulted in significant changes to the clinical and didactic experiences for the 2019-2020 academic year. The PEC might consider concurrently evaluating the effectiveness of any pandemic-related changes made in resident/fellow assignments, the use of telemedicine (including telesupervision), didactics, and other educational activities. The information will help in understanding the ability of the program to adapt and apply necessary changes in the event of an extension or recurrence of the pandemic.
Given the close date of June 26, 2020, Survey reports will not be released until all responses are analyzed, which will be after the current academic year ends on June 30, 2020. As announced in the March 18, 2020 Letter to the Community, the Resident/Fellow and Faculty Surveys are still available but completion is not required for the remainder of this academic year. Surveys will remain available to scheduled Window 3 participants until the extended deadline of June 26, 2020, but participation is optional. For programs that completed reporting before March 15, 2020 (the closing date for Window 2), and those programs in Window 3 that choose to continue to participate, the ACGME will create program-specific reports. When a program has at least a 70 percent survey completion rate, results will be made available as in prior years.
Read more about the role of the PEC in Program Directors’ Guide to the Common Program Requirements:
Residency eBook version, pages 278-287
Residency PDF version, pages 268-277
Fellowship eBook version, pages 264-273
Fellowship PDF version, pages 258-267