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July 2018: Single GME Accreditation System Update

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

SAS in Brief

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


Key Updates

ACGME Board Approves Common Program Requirements Sections I-V

In June 2018, the ACGME Board of Directors approved a major revision of the ACGME Common Program Requirements. New versions of the Common Program Requirements for fellowships and residencies are approved and are effective July 1, 2019. Among the changes: program director and faculty qualifications include certification by the AOA boards, AOA-approved residency training is acceptable for entry or transfer to an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program, a broader definition of scholarly activity, and program directors will now inform graduates about their options for board certification examinations through ABMS or AOA certifying boards. View the requirements and additional materials.

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 July 25, 2018. The data are pulled from the ACGME Accreditation Data System (ADS) public site. These data only capture applications of programs and institutions through the single accreditation system process and do not include programs that may have been previously ACGME accredited such as dually-accredited programs.
Table 1. Status of Applications as of July 25, 2018
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 98 671 191*
Total Initial or Continued Accreditation/Recognition** 88 485 156
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition. **Includes programs with continued accreditation without outcomes, and initial accreditation with warning, initial accreditation contingent upon sponsoring institution initial accreditation, and continued recognition without outcomes.  


Especially for Students & Advisors

AACOM Student Webinar on the Single GME Accreditation System &
the 2019 Residency Match

On July 10, 2018, AACOM hosted an informational webinar for students and faculty advisors on the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system (SAS) with a focus on the 2019 residency match process. This webinar targeted fourth-year osteopathic medical students who are navigating the 2019 residency match. Featured speakers included:

  • Boyd R. Buser, DO, Immediate Past President, American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Karen J. Nichols, DO, Dean, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU)
  • Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President & CEO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
  • Jamie Beckman, MS, OMS-III, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Carolinas (VCOM-Carolinas), National Chair, COSGP

View the webinar and slides

Tip Sheet: 2019 Residents Timeline (AOA NMS & NRMP Match)

View a monthly overview of the key dates for students and programs for the upcoming 2019 residency matches through the National Matching Service (NMS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Note: This document is intended to be a helpful resource and is not inclusive of all dates and activities involved in the residency match processes matches. View the Match Timeline Overview

For further reading, view The DO's recent article, "Get ready for residency: 2019 Match timeline."

2019 Residency Match Resources 
In preparation for the 2019 AOA NMS Match, the AOA Opportunities website now displays updated information on match participation for AOA programs. See the Opportunities search results screen below and columns indicating match participation information. Source: Presentation by Boyd Buser, DO during AACOM Student Webinar, July 10.

AOA Opportunities

As we transition to the single GME accreditation system, programs will achieve ACGME accreditation and will drop their AOA approval status and therefore will no longer be displayed in the AOA's Opportunitiesdatabase. To assist students in tracking these programs, the AOA created a list of all AOA-approved programs that fully transitioned to ACGME accreditation. This list is updated regularly and available on the AOA's Opportunities site. View the list of former AOA programs that have transitioned to ACGME accreditation.

Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) Webinar Series


 Integrating Research in Osteopathic Clinical Practice
This webinar, featuring Dr. Kimberly Wolf, will help clinical practitioners introduce more research into their practice, specifically research with osteopathic orientation. It will serve as a resource for those in academic medicine, including those who work closely with programs with osteopathic recognition. Register for the webinar

Developing Your Data Analysis
This webinar, featuring Dr. Mark Speicher and Dr. Suporn Sukpraprut-Braaten, will review the process for developing your measurable constructs, assessing the value of proxy measures, identifying variable types, and selecting the proper analyses and statistical methods to perform your hypothesis tests. Register for the webinar.

View these and other on-demand webinars online.

Call for Abstracts for Educating Leaders 2019: The AACOM Annual Conference

The Educating Leaders 2019 call for abstracts is open. We highly encourage you to submit an abstract for the conference, which will be held on April 10-13, 2019 in Washington, DC. With seven unique osteopathic medical education (OME)-related focus areas to choose from, this year's program will feature a broad variety of research, scholarly work, and education or other best practices from across the OME continuum.

Topics include:

  • Single GME Accreditation System
  • Initial to Continued ACGME Accreditation/Clinical Learning Environment Review
  • Osteopathic Recognition
  • Clinical Education Collaborations (Community Based Clinical Education)
  • Transition from UME to GME/Residency Match
  • Resilience & Wellness

Abstracts are also eligible for publication in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). Submit Your Abstract.

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.