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AACOM Releases Ad Hoc Committee on GME Transition White Paper

December 09, 2014

Next Steps for Graduate Medical Education coverDecember 9, 2014 —The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is pleased to announce the release of Next Steps for Graduate Medical Education: Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (OGME) and the Single Graduate Medical Education (GME) Accreditation System. This white paper features the work of AACOM’s Ad Hoc Committee on GME Transition, a nine-member committee of thought leaders in the osteopathic medical education field. 

The Ad Hoc Committee on GME Transition was formed to provide its perspective to the ACGME’s Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) as they developed requirements for programs seeking osteopathic recognition under the single GME accreditation system. 

The paper offers scholarly research which is designed to introduce the reader to osteopathic medical education and current developments in graduate medical education as it relates to the transition to a new single GME accreditation system. This white paper is now released to contribute to ongoing dialogue in the osteopathic medical education community on these issues.

Read the full-length white paper here, and the executive summary and recommendations here.



The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine represents the 30 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 42 teaching locations in 28 states. In the 2014-15 academic year these colleges are educating over 24,600 future physicians – more than 25 percent of new first-year U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public, and 24 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. 

AACOM’s mission is to provide leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.