(Feb 27, 2015) Today, the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced that both its family medicine and internal medicine review committees will accept AOA certification as meeting the board certification requirements to serve as a program director of osteopathic programs seeking ACGME accreditation. It will not be necessary for such programs to have a co-program director who is ABMS-certified.
This announcement marks yet another important milestone in the transition to a system of single accreditation in GME and is more good news for the osteopathic profession. AACOM commends the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) for their efforts to raise this issue and applauds the ACGME Review Committees for demonstrating flexibility and insight in their decision-making on this issue.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 30 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 42 teaching locations in 28 states. In the 2014-15 academic year these colleges are educating over 24,600 future physicians – more than 20 percent of all US medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 24 are private institutions.
AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.