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February 2018 Single GME Accreditation System Update

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

SAS in Brief

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


Key Updates

ACGME Common Program Requirements Proposed Revisions

On February 6, 2018, the ACGME posted proposed revisions to the ACGME common program requirements Sections I-V. These proposed revisions are open for public comment until March 22. Among the proposed changes is the formal recognition of AOA board certification as an acceptable credential for program directors and faculty. View proposed revisions and impact statement.

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 February 22, 2018. The data are pulled from the ACGME Accreditation Data System (ADS).
Table 1. Status of Applications as of February 22, 2018
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 100 640 161*
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

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
Transitioning your Traditional Rotating Internship (TRI) to ACGME Transitional Year, Wednesday, March 14 at 4:00 PM ET.

This presentation will feature Cheryl Gross, MA, CAE, Executive Director, ACGME Transitional Year Review Committee. This session will provide an overview of the Transitional Year program, the application process, and the specialties that utilize the transitional year as the preliminary year. Attendees will be able to:

  • 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

There may be an opportunity to meet with Ms. Cheryl Gross for a one-to-one session to address questions related to the transition of TRI programs to ACGME Transitional Year, during the AACOM Annual Conference on April 18. If interested, you may register through the webinar registration process. Register Today!

Quality Improvement: How and Why in GME 
This presentation by Daniel Lombardi, DO was held on Wednesday, Feb 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.

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.

 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.

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.


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