ACGME Releases 2021-2022 Statistics on Graduate Medical Education Programs and Resident Physicians

Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education (ACGME) released its 2021-2022 Data Resource Book, the most comprehensive and most reliable of its kind, including data on the size, scope, and distribution of postgraduate medical education (GME) in the United States. The data in this book covers the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Please note that with the 2021-2022 Data Resource Book, the ACGME has adopted a race/ethnicity reporting standard consistent with that of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System as follows:

  • If the person identifies as Hispanic only, or Hispanic and any racial category, report them as Hispanic

  • If the individual identifies as not being Hispanic; more than one race category, report as two or more races (“Multiple Race”)

Accordingly, the ACGME has also updated the Data Resource Book 2020-2021 iteration as this was the first report of self-reported race/ethnicity data.

ACGME Programs
In 2021-22, there were 12,740 accredited programs, of which 5,579 were specialty programs and 7,161 were subspecialty programs. Additionally, 384 programs were newly accredited during the academic year. Forty-two programs closed or voluntarily withdrew their accreditation, and of these, 14 had one of the following actions: accreditation withdrawn or administrative withdrawal.

Residents and Fellows
There are 153,843 active residents and fellows in 12,740 programs. This is an increase of 4,643 over last year. Of the 153,843 active residents and fellows in ACGME-accredited programs in the 2021-2022 academic year, the majority, at 59.6%, graduated from medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on the medical education in the United States. International graduates from medical schools account for 22.9%, while 17.4% are graduates from osteopathic medical schools.

“During a time of great uncertainty, it is encouraging to see the number of those entering residency and fellowship continuing to grow, as the need for highly qualified physicians is greater than ever,” said the President and CEO. ACGME Executive, Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP. . “And, just as we rely on data in our fight against the pandemic, we hope the ACGME Data Resource Book will be a valuable asset to those working in higher medical education.”

The full 2021-2022 Data Resource Book is available on the ACGME website. The data tables and figures provided in this year’s edition include the following sections: Program Accreditation, Program Characteristics, Resident Characteristics, Graduate Residents and Residents Leaving Before Completion, Sponsoring Institutions, Participating Sites, Directors of program and teachers, and Program activities.


The ACGME is a private, nonprofit professional organization responsible for accrediting more than 12,700 residency and fellowship programs and the approximately 870 institutions that sponsor these programs in the United States. The residency and fellowship programs train more than 150,000 medical residents and colleagues in 182 specialties and subspecialties. The mission of the ACGME is to improve health care and the health of the population by evaluating and improving the quality of education for residents and fellow physicians through advances in accreditation and education.

CONTACT: Susan White Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education 3127555066 [email protected]

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