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January 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine January 2017

SAS in Brief

In this issue: Key Updates  |  Applications  |  For Students  |  Resources

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Key Updates

ACGME Interventional Radiology Proposed Focused Revision Open for Comment 

The review committee (RC) for Interventional Radiology has proposed a revision to formally recognize that the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (AOBR) certification for faculty members. View the impact statement and program requirements. Submit comments to dr@acgme.org, the comment period will end on January 25, 2017.

ACGME Case Log System for Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

The ACGME Case Log System for Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) is now available through the Accreditation Data System (ADS). Residents may begin logging cases in the system as soon as their program has pre-accreditation status and are required to do so if program has achieved initial accreditation. View resources on the ACGME Case Log System for Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine.

Updated Osteopathic Recognition Application Instructions

The Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) has updated the Application Instructions for Osteopathic Recognition to reflect recent changes to the Osteopathic Recognition application. The application will no longer contain common program application questions or questions related to duty hours, patient safety, and learning environment. 

ACGME RCs Incorporate AOA Board Pass Rates in Requirements

As clarified in various ACGME FAQs, all ACGME RCs are expected to submit focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. The following 18 ACGME RCs have recently proposed focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. View the impact statements and program requirements for the specialties posted on the ACGME’s Review & Comment web page and below:

FAQs on Transfer Residents to ACGME programs

The Review Committees for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology and Urology have updated FAQs that provide clarification to the question regarding acceptance of a resident transferring from an AOA-accredited programs into an ACGME-accredited program given changes to the common program requirements effective July 1, 2016. See FAQ below:

Given that effective July 1, 2016, the Common Program Requirements specify that all prerequisite post-graduate clinical education required for initial entry or transfer into ACGME-accredited residency programs must be completed in ACGME-accredited residency programs, or in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)accredited residency programs located in Canada, can a program accept a resident transferring from an AOA-approved program? 

[Common Program Requirements: III.A.1.a) and III.A.2; One-Year Common Program Requirement: III.A.] 

The Review Committee understands that during the transition to a single GME accreditation system, ACGME-accredited programs may wish to accept residents seeking to transfer from an AOA-approved program. Programs will not jeopardize their accreditation status if they accept such transfer residents, if they remain within their approved resident complement or obtain Review Committee approval of an increase if needed. In these circumstances, the program director of the accepting program will determine what credit may be given for prior training, as well as how much further training is necessary to complete the ACGME-accredited program. It is the responsibility of the program director to ensure that each resident is made aware of the requirements for eligibility for certification by the applicable American Board of Medical Specialties member board and AOA certifying board.

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Status of Applications

The table below provides a brief snapshot of the current status of ACGME applications as of January 11, 2017. Due to the AOA deadline of January 1, 2017 for programs 4+ years in length to apply to the ACGME in order to participate in the current AOA match, many programs submitted applications by December 31, 2016.

Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of January 11, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 94 397 86
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 64 95 48
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
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Key Activities

Single Accreditation System Joint Operations & Education Committee

A sub-group of the Operations Committee focused on educational efforts was created in January 2016 with representation from ACGME, AOA and AACOM. Meetings were held on a monthly basis over the course of 2016, as a result of these meetings several educational activities such as webinars, resources and networking opportunities were held in 2016. In addition, the ACGME Executive Directors in collaboration with the AODME planned the 2017 ACGME pre-conference for osteopathic programs and institutions making it more interactive and tailored to groups in different phases of the transition to ACGME accreditation.

The Joint Operations Committee held its quarterly meeting on October 4, 2016. The next committee meeting is scheduled for January 24, 2016 in Chicago.

Proposed Changes to AOA Graduate Medical Education Standards

The AOA’s Council on Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI), deliberated a new definition of an “OPTI” and the future of accreditation of OPTIs during the course of several meetings in 2016. These efforts resulted in a new definition and recommendations that were posted for public comment through January 6, 2017.

The Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT) also submitted proposed standards for public comment, “Section X: Out of Match Process and Consequence.” These new standards establish a process to prevent out of match contracting by ineligible program. The public comment period ends January 12, 2017.

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Education and Outreach

Student Webinar: The Single GME Accreditation System & 2017 Residency Match  

AACOM will host a webinar on Friday, January 13 featuring Boyd Buser, DO, President, AOA and Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME. The webinar will present useful information for students participating in the 2017 residency match. View the webinar registration information.

ACGME Webinar for Family Medicine Osteopathic Programs

The ACGME held a webinar on December 15, 2016, for family medicine osteopathic programs on the “Nuts and Bolts of the Application Process”. The webinar targeted programs working on their applications for ACGME accreditation under the single GME accreditation system and provided practical ways to address concerns and prepare an effective application. Access the webinar.  

ACGME/AODME Pre-Conference for Osteopathic Programs and Institutions

The ACGME in partnership with AODME will hold their third pre-conference for AOA-approved programs and institutions at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The pre-conference is intended for educators and leaders who seek to learn more about ACGME accreditation and Osteopathic Recognition. The pre-conference will include concurrent breakout sessions and specialty sessions with the RC Executive Directors. See the full pre-conference agenda and view the full Conference Brochure.

ACGME Online Guides

Guide to Locating Specialty-Specific Accreditation Resources

A new guide to help locate important specialty-specific accreditation resources on the ACGME website is now available on the Single GME Accreditation System section of the ACGME website. In addition, a guide to assist in the search for ACGME-accredited and pre-accredited programs is also available.

ACGME Data Resource Book

The ACGME Data Resource Book for Academic Year 2015-2016 is now available and includes for the first time, data on programs with Osteopathic Recognition. The report highlights an overall uptick in institutional sponsor and program accreditation largely due to the single GME accreditation system. View the Data Resource Book

ACGME Annual Report

The 2015-2016 ACGME Annual Report includes a brief overview of the single accreditation system (p.16) and a description of educational activities that took place over the course of 2016. The report highlights the significant growth in sponsoring institutions due to the transition to the single GME accreditation system. 


Follow #singleGME on twitter for up-to-the-minute news on the transition. See AACOM's Single GME Accreditation System for more SAS information and resources.