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Coalition for Physician Accountability Accepts Transition to Residency Report; AACOM Calls for Further Study

August 26, 2021


(Bethesda, MD)- The Undergraduate Medical Education to Graduate Medical Education Review Committee (UGRC), an independent body of stakeholders commissioned by the Coalition for Physician Accountability to review issues related to the transition from medical school to residency and formulate recommendations, has submitted its final report to the Coalition. The report and 34 recommendations to improve the transition from medical school to residency has been accepted by the Coalition and released to the public.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is a member of the Coalition, a cross-organizational group of national medical education organizations. The release of the report marks the formal completion of the work of the UGRC.

As the report transitions from the UGRC to the Coalition, Robert Cain, DO, President and CEO of AACOM issued the following statement:

“Navigating the ever-changing landscape of medical education and training in a COVID-19 world is not easy, and we greatly appreciate the work of the UGRC. In particular, we thank the members representing the osteopathic medical education community who made clear that these recommendations need further research and study moving forward. We must be sure that evidence supports each recommendation and that there are no unintended consequences that put one or more groups of students at a permanent disadvantage.

We look forward to the work that needs to be done to ensure proposed improvements to the transition from medical school to residency not only align with the philosophy and training of osteopathic medical students and residents but are also equitable and fair for the entire medical education community.”

The Coalition is committed to working together as each individual Coalition membership organization further explores how to address moving forward with the UGRC’s recommendations, collectively and individually. Additional information will be forthcoming as progress is made on planning and implementation of the recommendations. See the full report here.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) leads and advocates for the full continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the public. Founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, AACOM represents all 37 colleges of osteopathic medicine—educating nearly 34,000 future physicians, 25 percent of all US medical students—at 58 teaching locations in 33 US states, as well as osteopathic graduate medical education professionals and trainees at US medical centers, hospitals, clinics and health systems.


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