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January 2016 Single GME Accreditation System Update

December 2015 - January 2016

January 2016 marks the seventh month in the transition to the single accreditation system for graduate medical education, which officially launched on July 1, 2015. The transition continues to steadily progress with many AOA-accredited programs and institutions already in the process of applying for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation, and some already receiving ACGME initial accreditation. Below are some key updates and resources on the transition.

ACGME Exceptionally-Qualified Applicant Provision & COMLEX-USA

On Monday, January 11, ACGME communicated language to all ACGME program directors related to the exceptionally-qualified applicant provision, ACGME fellowship programs, and consideration of COMLEX-USA for graduates from AOA-accredited programs with pre-accreditation status. See AACOM’s announcement

 ACGME has updated the Single Accreditation System FAQs on their website to clarify this change. View the updated FAQs.

Update on Applications as of January 25, 2016

Program Application
There are currently 117 programs that have submitted applications for ACGME accreditation. Several more have begun the process of applying but have not yet submitted applications. Of those that have, 11 have achieved initial accreditation in dermatology (1), internal medicine (9), and pediatrics (1) specialties. The remaining 95 are in pre-accreditation status and 11 are in continued pre-accreditation status. Below are the programs that have received initial accreditation:

   Dermatology

  • St Joseph Mercy (Livingston) Hospital Program, Howell, MI

   Internal Medicine

  • Detroit Medical Center Corporation Program, Commerce Township, MI
  • Genesys Regional Medical Center Program, Grand Blanc, MI
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Program, Clinton Township, MI
  • Iowa Medical Education Collaborative Program, Des Moines, IA
  • Kent Hospital Program, Warwick, RI
  • Magnolia Regional Health Center Program, Corinth, MS
  • McLaren Oakland Program, Pontiac, MI
  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Program, Tulsa, OK (Contingent)
  • St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital Program, Warren, MI

   Pediatrics

  • Broward Health Medical Center Program, Fort Lauderdale, FL

View report of all programs that have applied for ACGME accreditation under the single GME accreditation system.

Institutional Applications
There are 61 institutions that have applied for ACGME accreditation as institutional sponsors, 23 of which have achieved initial accreditation. View report of institutional sponsors with pre-accreditation status.

Osteopathic Recognition
To date, 25 programs in total have applied for osteopathic recognition, 18 have achieved initial recognition, and seven have not yet been reviewed. View report of programs that have applied for osteopathic recognition.

Milestones and New Resources from the Osteopathic Principles Committee

The Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) recently posted a document on its web page entitled "Elements of an Osteopathic Learning Environment" to serve as a resource for programs seeking osteopathic recognition. Updated Osteopathic Recognition FAQs on the OPC's web page include further clarification on elements of an osteopathic learning environment, and clarification on scholarly activity requirements.

In addition, the Osteopathic Recognition Milestones are now posted on the OPC's web page. View the Osteopathic Recognition Milestones.

ONMM Milestones Posted

The Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) Milestones are now posted on the ONMM web page. View the ONMM Milestones.

Osteopathic Medical Educators & Leaders Conference (OMEL)

The OMEL conference was held on January 7-8, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, and featured several presentations on the single GME accreditation system. Featured speakers included: 
  • Robert Cain, DO, Chair, Osteopathic Principles Committee, ACGME
  • John Potts, MD, Senior Vice President, Surgical Accreditation, ACGME
  • Rebecca Miller, Senior Vice President, Applications & Data Analysis, ACGME
  • David Pizzimenti, Internal Medicine Program Director, Magnolia Regional Health Center, Corinth, MS
Several ACGME executive directors were available on day two of the conference to speak one-on-one with OMEL participants and to answer questions related to applications for ACGME accreditation. View speaker presentations and agenda.

ACGME 2016 Annual Educational Conference

The ACGME’s 2016 Annual Educational Conference will be held February 25-28, 2016, in National Harbor, MD. The Annual Educational Conference brochure is now available and includes several sessions on the single accreditation system. 

A pre-conference for osteopathic programs and institutions will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The pre-conference agenda includes sessions intended for osteopathic program directors, Directors of Medical Education (DMEs), chief academic officers, and others interested in learning about ACGME accreditation for current AOA-approved programs. Although scheduled concurrently with the pre-conference for osteopathic programs and institutions, the Designated Institutional Officer (DIO) pre-conferences are also recommended for leaders at osteopathic institutions.

Timing of Application Decisions

The ACGME has made a strong commitment to the timely review of these applications, and encourages programs to apply early in order to allow sufficient opportunity to achieve ACGME Initial Accreditation. As part of that commitment, the ACGME aims to provide an accreditation decision on each program application received no later than one year from receipt of the application. ACGME also urges programs to contact the relevant ACGME Review Committee (RC) executive director before submitting their application to ensure all sections are filled out correctly. ACGME stated that programs can contact executive directors as frequently as needed before submitting their applications. See the following link for ACGME RC executive director contact information.

Updated Resource on ACGME Single GME Accreditation System Web Page

The ACGME has updated its Single GME Accreditation System web page (also accessible via the ACGME homepage). This section was reorganized in 2015 to provide greater ease of access to news items, important updates, and critical resources for osteopathic programs pursuing application for ACGME accreditation. New resources now available under the “Resources and References” section include:
  • Application Guide: This guide is intended to serve as a working document for program directors completing an application for ACGME accreditation during the transition to a single GME accreditation system, to facilitate the collection of necessary information prior to beginning the application process in the ACGME's Accreditation Data System (ADS).
  • Accreditation Data System (ADS) Faculty Roster Instructions by Specialty: This is a companion document to the Application Guide (above) which shows specialty instructions for how each individual review committee wants a program to complete the faculty roster in ACGME’s ADS system.
  • Updated Single Accreditation System FAQs are now available on the Single GME Accreditation System web page.

ACGME Common Program Requirements Task Force Request for Comments

The ACGME Common Program Requirements Phase I Task Force is requesting comments as they soon will begin the process of considering revisions to Section VI (Resident Duty Hours in the Learning and Working Environment) of the ACGME Common Program Requirements. The Task Force invites you to send your written comments on Section VI of the requirements to cprrevision@acgme.org before February 25, 2016.