The American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) jointly sponsor and administer the National Graduate Medical Education (GME) Census through GME Track, an Internet-based AAMC product. The 2 organizations also jointly maintain a database of training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and of the residents and fellows in them. This database is updated annually by adding to it the approximately 19 000 new residents who match into programs through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) as well as from information collected through the AAMC's follow-up report of medical schools. From May until December 2005 we surveyed directors of programs accredited by the ACGME about educational characteristics of their training programs. Information about these programs is maintained in FREIDA Online, an Internet-based public information source on GME programs that is available to medical students and residents. Starting in July 2005 we surveyed program directors about their active, transferred, and graduated residents for academic year 2005-2006. We provided program directors with lists of residents and fellows from the database and asked the directors to confirm or modify the training status of trainees who were present in their programs the prior year; to add new physicians to their program whom we did not already have in our database; and to confirm, edit, or add demographic information.
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