What is CLER?

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recognizes the public’s need for a physician workforce capable of meeting the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care environment.

The ACGME has responded to this need by implementing the CLER program as a part of its Next Accreditation System. The CLER program is designed to provide US teaching hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and other clinical settings affiliated with ACGME-accredited institutions with periodic feedback that addresses the following six focus areas: patient safety; health care quality; care transitions; supervision; fatigue management and mitigation; and professionalism.

The feedback provided by the CLER program is designed to improve how clinical sites engage resident and fellow physicians in learning to provide safe, high quality patient care.
The only accreditation requirement associated with this new program is that each SI must undergo a CLER visit every 24 to 36 months to maintain accreditation.

CLER Pathways to Excellence Version 1.1

CLER Site Visit Information

CLER Initiatives

We are actively addressing through policy development and educational programming:

Policy Development

For more information about CLER initiative development contact Dr. Atkinson.

CLER Educational Blackboard Modules:

Time Management (Under development)

Contact Dr. Atkinson for access to modules.

CLER Committee

Jennifer Laudadio, Chair
Timothy N Atkinson
James A Clardy
Kate Franks
Alisa Fujihashi
Molly M Gathright
Sarah M Greenberger
Sarah E Harrington
Alyssa D Higgins

Jacob Howard
Joseph Jimmerson
Mary Katherine Kimbrough
Thu Ha T Nguyen
Trenda Ray
Thea Rosenbaum
Troy M Schmit
Carol R Thrush


Tim Atkinson
Tim Atkinson, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Education, Internal Medicine
Instructional Educational Specialist, GME