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New Agreement Addresses Residents' Needs in the Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

(March 23, 2017) The transition to the single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) is progressing in its second year at a steady pace, with many institutions and programs applying to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and receiving accreditation. AACOM, in partnership with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the ACGME, continues to reach out to member colleges and students to educate and collect feedback on the transition.

One of the most common questions that arises from students is, "What will happen to me if I match into an AOA residency program that, for whatever reason, has not achieved ACGME accreditation by June 30, 2020?" This is the date by which, according to the AOA-ACGME-AACOM Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the AOA will cease accrediting GME programs.

The AOA, ACGME, and AACOM are working to address this and are committed to supporting the needs of residents should they find themselves in that situation during the transition to the single GME accreditation system. The three organizations reached an agreement this week, giving the AOA restricted authority to allow residents in programs that do not transition by June 30,2020, the ability to complete accredited training and to advance to board eligibility. See the AOA statement on this agreement.

Further information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) will be developed and is forthcoming. AACOM will hold an informational student webinar in coming months that will include information on this new agreement. Please direct questions related to the single GME accreditation system or this announcement to singlegme@aacom.org. More information about the transition is available on AACOM’s Single GME Accreditation System page.