As part of the ACGME's commitment to and continued efforts toward improving the user experience, beginning July 1, 2022, the ACGME will default to using data obtained from the American Board of Medical Specialties and American Osteopathic Association for faculty certification. These data will be populated into the Faculty Roster in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) and used during program review and in accreditation and recognition site visit materials. This change is intended to reduce programs’ data entry burden. Programs will no longer be required to manually enter faculty members’ ABMS/AOA board certification data in ADS unless it is incorrect or it is missing.
Physician faculty members will be matched to the datasets based on National Provider Identifier (NPI) number, as well as name, date of birth, and medical school graduation year. Faculty members who are newly entered into ADS will have their certification information matched and populated within 24 hours. If a faculty member’s certification information is missing or inaccurate, programs will be able to provide the ACGME with the correct details in the faculty member’s profile. For faculty members who are certified by another body, are board-eligible, or are not certified, programs will continue to manually provide that information.
What do programs need to do now?
NPI numbers entered in ADS must be accurate and complete. As soon as possible:
- Check the program’s Faculty Roster in ADS for any required missing data.
- Verify NPI numbers are accurate; if a faculty members’ NPI number is missing or unknown, use the “Search National Provider ID” link, provided in ADS, to look it up. Faculty data can be downloaded from the Reports tab.