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March 2018 Single GME Accreditation System Update

Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine March 22, 2018

SAS in Brief

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


Key Updates

AOA BOT Approves Section X Changes 

The AOA Board of Trustees, during their mid-year meeting, approved proposed changes to Section X of the AOA Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training. The Section X standards govern AOA program accreditation during the transition to the single GME accreditation system. The recent changes outline program eligibility for recruiting during the 2019 AOA Match. View the approved standards (pages 57-58).

Revised Osteopathic Recognition Requirements and Updated FAQs Posted

The ACGME recently posted the focused revisions to the Osteopathic Recognition requirements, effective July 1, 2018. The requirements are available under the "Approved with Future Effective Date" heading in the Osteopathic Recognition section of the ACGME website. Documents for applications submitted on or after July 1, 2018 will be posted on the ACGME Osteopathic Recognition website soon. View the requirements with approved focused revision and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) effective July 1, 2018

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 through the single accreditation system as of March 22, 2018. The data are pulled from the ACGME Accreditation Data System (ADS) public site.
Table 1. Status of Applications as of March 22, 2018
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 100 646 162*
Total Initial or Continued Accreditation/Recognition** 88 375 130
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition. **Includes programs with continued accreditation without outcomes (2) and initial accreditation with warning (5). One institution has status of initial accreditation with warning. 


Especially for Students & Advisors

AOA Resident Webinar: The Single GME Accreditation System Update and Osteopathic Board Certification

On February 20, 2018, the AOA held a webinar specifically for current trainees on the single accreditation system. The webinar covers progress of AOA programs in the transition, AOA board certification eligibility, osteopathic recognition, AOA fellowship eligibility and commitment to protect residents during the transition. View the webinar and resources



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

Upcoming Webinars:

Navigating the Accreditation Forest: On the CLER Path
May 2, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET
Nicole Qualls, JD, MPH, Director of GME for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Education Network, will present on the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review. Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the goals of the CLER site visit program
  • Identify the information, personnel and resources required for a successful CLER visit
  • Describe strategies that could be employed to proactively prepare for the CLER visit
  • Identify strategies to prepare hospital leadership for the CLER site vist
Register for the webinar today!

Transitioning your Traditional Rotating Internship (TRI) to ACGME Transitional Year
This presentation held on March 14, features Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE, Executive Director, ACGME Transitional Year Review Committee. This session provides an overview of the ACGME Transitional Year program, the application process, and the specialties that utilize the transitional year as the preliminary year. The presentation objectives are to help participants:

  • Define the background and function of the Transitional Year program in GME
  • Develop and submit an effective Transitional Year application
  • Develop an appropriate block diagram
  • Assess the rotation requirements of the Transitional Year resident

View the webinar recording and slides

Quality Improvement: How and Why in GME 
This presentation by Daniel Lombardi, DO was held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, and focused on the role and implementation of quality improvement processes in graduate medical education. The webinar recording will be posted online shortly. View this and other on-demand webinars online.

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.

Monograph Chronicles AACOM's First Osteopathic Recognition Workshop in 2017

The 2nd Annual AACOM Osteopathic Recognition (OR) workshop will be held at the Educating Leaders: 2018 Annual Conference in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 17. AACOM's inaugural OR workshop took place at the 2017 Joint AACOM/AODME annual conference in Baltimore, MD. View the monograph.
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.