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January 2018 Single GME Accreditation System Update

Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine January 25, 2018

SAS in Brief

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


Key Updates

AACOM Makes Strategic Move to Strengthen Medical Education

On January 1, AACOM—which previously solely represented accredited U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine—launched the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME). AOGME is a professional membership group that encompasses the membership of the former Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME), a 501(c)(6) organization that represented leaders in osteopathic GME. By integrating AOGME within its membership base, AACOM has brought together the clinical faculty and leaders responsible for the clinical learning environment for osteopathic UME and GME, expanding its scope in the medical education community and better positioning itself to strengthen and enhance the entire continuum of osteopathic medical education. Read more.

Progress in the Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

By December 31, 2017, AOA programs that are three years or longer in length were required to apply to the ACGME in order to recruit residents in the 2018 AOA Match. This is due to the Section X of the AOA Basic Standards for Postdoctoral Training, which set deadlines for program applications to the ACGME to ensure a smooth transition. According to the AOA, 68 percent of 1,244 AOA programs are in ACGME accredited or in pre-accreditation status as of January 2, 2018*. This data point encompasses 82 percent of residency programs, 39 percent of fellowships and 26 percent of internship programs. 

The Section X deadlines for one and two-year programs (mostly internship and fellowship programs) is December 31, 2018. 

*Source: Presentation by Boyd R. Buser, DO, during AACOM Student Webinar held on January 10, 2018. View slides.

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 January 24, 2018. The data are pulled from the ACGME Accreditation Data System (ADS). 
Table 1. Status of Applications as of January 24, 2018
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 101 633 159*
Total Initial or Continued Accreditation/Recognition 85 318 130
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

AACOM Student Webinar on the Single GME Accreditation System & 2018 Residency Match

On Wednesday, January 10, AACOM hosted a webinar for osteopathic medical students, faculty advisors at colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), and the broader osteopathic medical education community on the single GME accreditation system. Speakers included:

  • Boyd Buser, DO, AOA Immediate Past President
  • Karen Nichols, DO, Dean, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)
  • Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME
  • Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President & CEO, AACOM

Listen to a short clip of the webinar featuring Dr. Karen Nichols addressing common student questions on the residency match.

View the full webinar recording and powerpoint presentation slides. 

Student Video Clips on Key Transition FAQs

AACOM recently made available video clips featuring osteopathic medical student leaders from AACOM's Council of Student Government Presidents (COSGP). These student leaders responded to frequently asked questions (FAQs) from their peers on the transition to the single GME accreditation system. View the video clips on AACOM's Student Central page.

Questions addressed include:



Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) (formerly AODME) Webinar Series

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 and register for the webinar.   

OPP Integration within the Single Accreditation System 
This presentation by Russell Maier, MD was held on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018, and reviewed key aspects of ACGME Osteopathic Recognition, discussed potential barriers, potential solutions to integrating OPP, and presented several options for achieving OPP integration in an ACGME accredited program. View the webinar recording and slides under 'Recent Webinars'.

Educating Leaders 2018: The AACOM Annual Conference 2018
The upcoming AACOM 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 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 to register and for the latest updates.

ACGME/AODME (now AOGME) Pre-Conference for Osteopathic Programs and Institutions 

The ACGME in partnership with AODME (now AOGME) will hold a pre-conference for AOA-accredited programs and institutions at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM ET in Orlando, FL. The pre-conference is intended for AOA-accredited 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

The DO Article Reports on Single GME: Halfway through the Transition

The AOA published an article on Monday, December 18, 2017, recounting the progress through the transition. Among the highlights is the agreement between the AOA, ACGME and AACOM to allow residents to complete training in an AOA-accredited programs, in the event that the training program does not achieve ACGME accreditation prior to June 30, 2020. Read 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.