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Single GME Accreditation System March 2019 Update

Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine March 27, 2019

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Webinar  |  Updates  |  Events  |  Applications  |  For Students  |  Resources


Key Updates

The DO: Single GME Update

On March 12, 2019, the AOA's The DO magazine published a single GME update highlighting that "over 1,600 new positions" were added to formerly AOA-only programs through the transition to the single GME accreditation system. There is also a significant increase in the number of DOs training in ACGME residency programs since 2015, growing from 10,999 DOs in 2015 to 21,801 DOs now. The update notes that 89 percent of AOA-accredited programs that applied to the ACGME through the transition are now accredited. Read more from The DO.

ACGME Review Committee Faculty Scholarly Activity Decisions

The revised ACGME Common Program Requirements effective July 1, 2019, include two choices for dissemination of faculty scholarly activity by the Review Committees (RCs). ACGME recently published a table listing Review Committee decisions regarding the dissemination of faculty scholarly activity. View the table of RC Faculty Scholarly Activity Decisions.

ACGME Accepting Nominations for 2020 Awards Deadline, March 29

The ACGME is accepting nominations for outstanding Designated Institutional Officials (s), Program Directors, Coordinators, GME staff members, or residents/fellows to recognize their efforts and innovations. Nominations are due by Friday, March 29, 2019. Visit the ACGME Awards Page for more information.

ACGME Common Program Requirements: One-Year Fellowships

The ACGME posted a new set of Common Program Requirements for One-Year Fellowships, effective July 1, 2019. ACGME Review Committees (RC) are deciding on the version of the fellowship common programs requirements to use (Common Program Requirements (Fellowship) or Common Program Requirements (One-Year Fellowships)). A decision table listing specialties that are eligible to use the Common Program Requirements for One-Year Fellowships is available on the ACGME's website. RC decisions will be finalized by May 1, 2019.

AAMC Standardized Video Interview (SVI)

Last month, the AAMC announced that the AAMC Standardized Video Interview (SVI) will again be used by the emergency medicine community for the 2019-20 residency recruitment season. During this third pilot year, the AAMC will underwrite the costs associated with the SVI. Learn more.

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 27, 2019. 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. Note that many ACGME Review Committees will meet in April 2019, decisions on programs are expected in some of those meetings. The Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) will meet on April 4-6, 2019. 

Table 1. Status of Applications as of March 27, 2019
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 97 724 212*
Total Initial or Continued Accreditation/Recognition** 93 592 195
* 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 recognition with warning, initial accreditation, and continued recognition without outcomes.     


Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME) Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinar

Clinical Competency Committee: ACGME Standards and a Case Study of University Residency Programs

On May 29, 2019 at 4:00 PM ET, Joanne Baker, DO, will review the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) standards for the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). This presentation will include a case review of the CCC's at the nine residency programs at Western Michigan University (WMU) Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine over the last six years. Register for the free webinar.

Preparing for Your ACGME Institutional Site Visit

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, AOGME hosted a webinar featuring Paul Johnson, MFA, Executive Director of the Institutional Review Committee. This webinar provided practical advice for DIO's, Institutional Review Coordinators, and others regarding ACGME Institutional site visits. It also provided a close look at the ACGME Institutional Requirements and reviewed common approaches to documenting substantial compliance. View the webinar recording and slides

View other on-demand webinars online.

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.