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November 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine November 30, 2017

SAS in Brief

In this issue:  
Webinar  |  Updates  |  Events  |  Applications  |  For Students  |  Resources


Key Updates

AODME & AACOM Join Forces to Strengthen the Full OME Continuum

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) are pleased to announce a landmark decision to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME) by providing leadership for the full continuum of osteopathic medical education. Read more

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Applications Update  

Timeline from 2014 beginning to a single GME system in 2020

Status of Applications to the ACGME

Table 1 provides a brief snapshot of the status of ACGME applications as of November 30, 2017. The data are pulled from the ACGME Accreditation Data System. 
Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of November 30, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 104 548 141*
Total Initial or Continued Accreditation/Recognition 85 284 111
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
          N/A        0         N/A
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition.


Especially for Students & Advisors

FAQs on ABFM Certification Pathway for Osteopathic Physicians 

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) recently posted FAQs and a reference table for osteopathic physicians on ABFM certification pathways. ABFM announced its decision to welcome DOs who have completed training in a three-year AOA-approved family medicine program or an AOA-approved program that has received ACGME pre-accreditation or initial accreditation to apply for initial certification with the ABFM. View further details on the ABFM Website.




Upcoming AODME Webinars

Osteopathic Focused Grand Rounds: Supporting an Osteopathic Learning Environment
This webinar will be a  joint presentation from the AODME and the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) and will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The session will feature presenters Michael Rowane, DO and Susan Ratay, DO and will present model templates for conducting OMM Grand Rounds including:
  • A formal guide for how to conduct the model of OMM Grand Rounds
  • A PowerPoint template for the OMM Grand Rounds
  • A Word template for a handout to accompany the OMM Grand Rounds
  • A Word template for the evaluation sheet to accompany the OMM Grand Rounds
  • A Word template for the Teacher/OMM Champion to utilize so that key points are stressed by the faculty and resident champions that will serve as table trainers

Learn more and register for the webinar.   

OPP Integration Within the Single Accreditation System 
This presentation by Russell Maier, MD will be held on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018, and will review key aspects of ACGME Osteopathic Recognition, discuss potential barriers, potential solutions to integrating OPP, and present several options for achieving OPP integration in an ACGME accredited program. Learn more.

Quality Improvement: How and Why in GME? 
This presentation by Daniel Lombardi, DO will be held on Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 and will focus on the role and implementation of quality improvement processes in graduate medical education. Learn more.

Educating Leaders 2018: Joint AACOM & AODME Conference 2018

The upcoming AACOM/AODME annual conference will include programming on the single GME accreditation system, including a pre-conference workshop on osteopathic recognition, oral presentations on the latest updates and data on the SAS transition, ACGME milestones, CLER and Pursuing Excellence, resources focused on scholarly activity, and navigating the application process. In addition, general GME sessions on the "ABC's of GME Financing" and "Nuts & Bolts of the GME Office" will be featured. View the conference web page.  

ACGME/AODME Pre-Conference for Osteopathic Programs and Institutions

The ACGME in partnership with AODME will hold a pre-conference for AOA-approved programs and institutions at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 8:00am-5:00pm in Orlando, FL. The pre-conference is intended for AOA-approved programs and institutions who wish to learn more about ACGME accreditation and Osteopathic Recognition. See the description of ACGME/AODME Pre-Conference for Osteopathic Programs and Institutions in the 2018 ACGME Annual Educational Conference Brochure

New ACGME Single GME Accreditation System Resources

The ACGME posted several new educational resources for osteopathic programs applying for ACGME accreditation during the transition to a single GME accreditation system and for the graduate medical education community. These include presentations from the 2017 Annual Educational Conference and Osteopathic Pre-Conference on:

  • AOA Board Certification Update
  • AOA and NRMP Matches
  • AOA and Scholarly Activity
  • A Year in the Life of a Program Director
  • Overview of the Milestones and the Clinical Competency Committee
  • Osteopathic Recognition-Promoting the Desired Learning Environment
  • Dr. Robert Cain on Osteopathic Medicine
  • Implementing the 2017 Common Program Requirements
  • Dr. Kelly Skeff's Keynote Address
  • Dr. Thomas Nasca's CEO Address

These educational resources are available to members of the GME community through Bridge, the ACGME's Learning Management System. Visit the ACGME Bridge login portal to create an account. Program directors, coordinators, and designated institutional officials will also find a link to Bridge in the Accreditation Data System (ADS) under the "Resources" tab. Contact the ACGME Office of Distance Learning at de@acgme.org with any questions. In addition sign-up for weekly updates from the ACGME by emailing acgmecommunications@acgme.org to request to be added to the e-Communications distribution list. 

ACGME Data Resource Book

The ACGME Data Resource Book for Academic Year 2016-2017 is now available on the ACGME Data Resource Book web page. The report includes data and trends on accredited programs and institutions including information on programs with Osteopathic Recognition. A total of 752 programs were newly accredited during the 2016-2017 academic year. The report notes that during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, specialty programs exceeded 40 percent of the total number of newly accredited programs and is largely due to the single GME accreditation system. Download the 2016-2017 Data Resource Book.

JAOA Article on Perceived Importance of Pursuing Osteopathic Recognition

In an article published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA)  in October 2017, researchers from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) found that Osteopathic Recognition is generally valued across osteopathic stakeholder groups. The study examined preference for osteopathic recognition among students at MSUCOM and residents and faculty from the affiliated Statewide Campus System. Learn more.  

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.