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January 2015 Single GME Accreditation System Update

January 16, 2015
From the January 2015 Inside OME

Significant progress continues to take place as the start dates for ACGME institutional and program accreditation application are fast approaching (April 2015 & July 1, 2015-June 30, 2020). AACOM continues to work on numerous operational details and developments and remains committed to providing ongoing information to our constituents on the progress toward a single GME accreditation system. Key to these efforts is ensuring that timely and accurate information is transmitted. Some highlights of developments in the month of December include:  

AACOM and AOA are now ACGME Member Organizations

ACGME announced on January 14, 2015, that the AOA and AACOM are now ACGME member organizations.  The measure took effect January 1 and is a critical step toward implementation of a single accreditation system for all graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S. For more on this historic move, see the joint press release here.

Ad Hoc Committee on GME Transition

On December 9, 2014, AACOM published a white paper by the Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Medical Education Transition, Next Steps for Graduate Medical Education: Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (OGME) and the Single Graduate Medical Education (GME) Accreditation system. The Ad Hoc Committee on GME Transition was formed to provide its perspective on the ACGME’s Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC)’s task of developing 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 released to contribute to ongoing dialogue in the osteopathic medical education community on these issues. See AACOM’s announcement here.

Clarification on pathways to ACGME Accreditation

A clarification on the pathways to ACGME accreditation for AOA-approved programs under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding is now available on all three organization’s websites. See AOA and AACOM’s clarification and ACGME’s clarification. FAQs on ACGME andAACOM’s single GME accreditation website are now added to reflect this explanation.

New/Revised ACGME Program Requirements

The ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee and the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Committee posted proposed requirements in November 2014 for a 45 day comment period, see AACOM’s announcement here. AACOM submitted comments on the proposed requirements for Osteopathic Recognition.

AACOM also submitted comments to the ACGME Family Medicine Review Committee (FM-RC) in support of the proposed revision to the program requirements in family medicine, which seeks to eliminate a statement prohibiting the RC from considering board certification other than ABFM when evaluating program director qualifications. Here is the link to the ACGME family medicine (FM-RC) program requirements revision and the impact statement.

Education & Communications

Several educational activities are planned in 2015 to offer detailed overview and discussion on the transition to the single GME accreditation system.

25th Annual Osteopathic Medical Education Leadership Conference
January 8-10, 2015, Los Angeles, California
The OME Conference included a full-day of lectures and panel discussions on the single GME accreditation system, click here for the full agenda and additional resources. John R. Potts III, MD, Senior Vice President of Surgical Accreditation (ACGME) gave a thorough presentation of the history of the ACGME, the institutional and program accreditation process and answered several questions.

Below is more information on the upcoming meetings:

ACGME Annual Education Conference Pre-Conference
February 26, 2015, San Diego, California
Registration for the ACGME’s Annual Education Conference is now open. The conference will be held on February 26-March 1, 2015. ACGME will hold a preconference entitled “ACGME Accreditation Pre-Conference for Osteopathic Programs and Institutions” on Thursday, February 26. ACGME also announced “sunset sessions” (below) to be held during the pre-conference. Click here to learn more.

Update on Osteopathic Recognition
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Robert Cain, DO, Chair, Osteopathic Principles Committee
This session will be held following the osteopathic pre-conference on Thursday, February 26, and will provide updates regarding the requirements and the method of application for osteopathic recognition.

Update on the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialty
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Lisa DeStefano, DO, Chair, Review Committee for Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
This session will be held following the osteopathic pre-conference on Thursday, February 26, and will provide updates regarding the requirements and method of application for program accreditation in neuromusculoskeletal medicine.

Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop on April 21, 2015 & main meeting April 22-25, 2015
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
There will be two events by the JEC at the Joint AACOM & AODME 2015 Annual Conference:

  • A pre-conference OPTI workshop focused on institutional accreditation will be held on April 21, 2015.
  • A four-hour deep dive on the single GME accreditation system will be held during the main meeting, on Thursday, April 23.