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Single GME Accreditation System

February 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

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

SAS in Brief

In this issue: Key Updates  |  Applications  |  Education & Outreach

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Key Updates

ACGME Review Committees Incorporate AOA Board Pass Rates in Requirements 

As clarified in various ACGME FAQs, all ACGME Review Committees (RCs) are expected to submit focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. To date, 19 ACGME RCs have proposed focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. The latest review committee to post proposed focused revisions is family medicine. View the impact statement and program requirement for the family medicine on the ACGME’s Review & Comment web page

FAQs on Transfer Residents to ACGME programs

The Review Committees for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Diagnostic Radiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, have included 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 under the SAS which is now 20 months into the 60-month transition period ending on June 30, 2020. 

Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of February 9, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 96 411 84*
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 70 122 69
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
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* Does not include programs that have been reviewed by the OPC but did not receive initial recognition. 

Osteopathic Recognition

The Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) met on January 30-31, 2017 and reviewed applications for osteopathic recognition. Twenty-one programs received initial recognition, including the first anesthesiology and emergency medicine programs. Additionally, programs in the following specialties have received initial recognition to date: family medicine, dermatology, internal medicine, internal medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics, sports medicine and transitional year.

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Education & Outreach

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

AACOM hosted a webinar on Friday, January 13 featuring Boyd Buser, DO, President, AOA and Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME. The webinar focused on the latest updates of the transition to the single accreditation system and information for students participating in the 2017 residency match. View the webinar recording and PowerPoint slides. 

Joint AACOM & AODME Conference

The Joint AACOM & AODME Conference will be held April 25-29, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. This year’s conference will feature a variety of programming related to the single GME accreditation system. A pre-conference workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 entitled “Osteopathic Recognition: Peer-to-Peer Workshop for Completing the Osteopathic Recognition Application” and will provide guidance and insights for programs seeking osteopathic recognition, from peers who have attained osteopathic recognition for their programs. Register now.

NRMP Orientation Kit for New ACGME-accredited Osteopathic Programs

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) developed resources for newly ACGME-accredited osteopathic programs now available on its website. These include a “New ACGME-accredited Osteopathic Program Form,” comparisons between the NRMP and the AOA match process, and frequently asked questions for osteopathic institutions/programs. View the Orientation Kit for Osteopathic Programs.

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 focused on those 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 AOA-approved programs and institutions that want to learn more about ACGME accreditation and Osteopathic Recognition. This year’s pre-conference will appeal to a broad group of osteopathic educators and leaders in various stages of transiting to the ACGME accreditation. The design is highly interactive with didactic presentations, concurrent breakout sessions and specialty sessions with the Review Committee Executive Directors. See the full agenda and view the full Conference Brochure


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.