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October 2015 Single GME Accreditation System Update

November 02, 2015

October 2015

Key Updates

Eligibility of Applicants with AOA-Approved Preliminary Year

Several ACGME Review Committees have determined that during the transition to the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system, residency programs in specialties requiring a preliminary clinical year will be permitted flexibility in accepting residents who have completed this training in an AOA-approved program. During this transition, ACGME-accredited residency programs in these specialties can consider applicants from AOA-approved internship programs that are not yet pre-accredited or accredited by the ACGME and not jeopardize their accreditation status if they accept such applicants. The Review Committees (RCs) permitting this flexibility have communicated this information through FAQs and/or other communications with program directors in the specialty. View a summary of the Eligibility FAQs for Specialties with a Preliminary Year on ACGME’s single GME web page.

ACGME Board Approves Transitional Year Review Committee Revisions

The ACGME Transitional Year Review Committee’s proposed revisions, which create a smoother pathway for AOA-approved traditional rotating internship programs to gain initial accreditation, were approved by the ACGME Board of Directors during their September meeting. The revisions require one sponsoring program for transitional year programs, rather than two, which should ease the transition process for AOA-approved traditional rotating internships. AACOM submitted comments and delivered testimony in support of these revisions. View the new Transitional Year Program Requirements.

Update on Institution and Program Applications as of October 30, 2015

More than 200 programs have initiated applications with the ACGME, and close to 100 institutions have also started the application process for institutional sponsorship. To date, 48 institutions have applied for ACGME institutional sponsorship accreditation, of which a total of 23 institutions have received initial accreditation, 7 remain in pre-accreditation status, and 17 are in continued pre-accreditation status. View a list of institutions in pre-accreditation status and a list of newly accredited institutional sponsors.

A total of 63 programs have submitted complete applications for ACGME initial accreditation to date. Two programs in internal medicine already received initial accreditation: Magnolia Regional Health Center Program and Detroit Medical Center Corporation Program.

View the number of pre-accredited programs by academic year and, a new report showing a full list of programs that applied for accreditation under the single accreditation system by specialty.

To date, 20 programs have applied for osteopathic recognition. View the list of programs applying for and with osteopathic principles recognition by specialty.

Timing of Application Decisions

On April 1, 2015, the ACGME began accepting applications for ACGME accreditation from AOA institutions. In addition, on July 1, 2015, the ACGME began accepting applications for ACGME accreditation from AOA-approved programs, as well as applications for Osteopathic Recognition from both AOA-approved programs with pre-accreditation status and currently-ACGME-accredited programs.

The ACGME has made a strong commitment to the timely review of these applications, and encourages programs to apply early in order to allow sufficient opportunity to achieve ACGME Initial Accreditation. As part of that commitment, the ACGME aims to provide an accreditation decision on each program application received no later than one year from receipt of the application. For example, an application received by September 30, 2015 would be reviewed, with the goal of communicating a decision by October 1, 2016.

Please note that the September 30, 2015 date is provided as an example only, and is not a final deadline for receipt of program applications. As stated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the ACGME, AOA, and AACOM, applications must be submitted in time to allow AOA-approved programs to achieve ACGME Initial Accreditation before the AOA ceases accreditation activities on June 30, 2020.

Programs needing help with the process are encouraged to contact the applicable ACGME Review Committee Executive Director as frequently as needed before submitting their applications. See the following link for ACGME RC executive director contact information.

Upcoming Educational Events

Student Webinar on the Single GME Accreditation System & Osteopathic Recognition

AACOM will host a webinar for students on the single accreditation system and osteopathic recognition on Friday, November 13 at 9:00 AM ET, which will feature ACGME Senior Vice President of Osteopathic Accreditation Lorenzo Pence, DO, and ACGME Vice Chair of the Osteopathic Principles Committee and Chair of the Osteopathic Principles Milestones Committee Natasha Bray, DO. Register for the webinar and submit questions for speakers.

Osteopathic Medical Educators & Leaders (OMEL) Conference

The 26th Annual Osteopathic Medical Educators & Leaders (OMEL) conference will be held January 7-8, 2016 in La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX. The preliminary agenda features sessions on the single accreditation system including a panel discussion entitled, “Obtaining Osteopathic Recognition in the Single Accreditation System,” and an interactive plenary session, “The Journey to the Single Accreditation System: Month 6 to 60.”

ACGME 2016 Annual Educational Conference

The ACGME’s 2016 Annual Educational Conference will be held February 25-28, 2016 in National Harbor, MD. The Annual Educational Conference brochure is now available and includes several sessions on the single accreditation system. 

A pre-conference for osteopathic programs and institutions will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The pre-conference agenda includes sessions intended for osteopathic program directors, DMEs, Chief Academic Officers, and others interested in learning about ACGME accreditation for current AOA-approved programs.

Although scheduled concurrently with the pre-conference for osteopathic programs and institutions, the DIO pre-conferences are also recommended for leaders at osteopathic institutions.

AODME Webinars on the Single Accreditation System

The Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) offers a series of two webinar programs on the single accreditation system for its members. The first webinar, “Navigating the Osteopathic Recognition Process,” was held on October 8, 2015 and featured ACGME Executive Director of the Osteopathic Principles Committee Tiffany Moss, MBA. View this webinar now available on the AODME website

A second webinar, Institutional Accreditation in the Single Accreditation System, will be held on November 3, 2015, featuring ACGME Executive Director of the Institutional Review Committee Paul Foster Johnson, MFA. 

Additional Resources


New Graduate Medical Education Primer for Medical and Pre-Medical Students

AACOM’s new GME primer offers a quick and easy description of upcoming changes in graduate medical education, the physician pathway, and opportunities for medical students. The primer is intended for pre-medical students seeking general information about GME and the anticipated changes of the single accreditation system. 

Featured Articles

09-2015_Dr-PizzimentiA Discussion with David Pizzimenti, DO, on the Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

David Pizzimenti, DO, Program Director at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, Mississippi and graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM), led his institution and program to be among the first to apply to ACGME for Initial Accreditation under the single GME accreditation system (SAS). Dr. Pizzimenti, who completed his residency at Mount Sinai in internal medicine, has practiced as an internist for 13 years. Read more.

09-2015_CUSOMInvesting in the Future: CUSOM Receives ACGME Accreditation

Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), located in Buies Creek, NC, received approval as an accredited sponsoring institution by the ACGME on August 21, 2015. Along with the medical school’s 19 affiliated residency programs are accredited by the AOA, CUSOM is now equipped to transition their existing and future programs to ACGME accreditation. Read more.

Single GME: Your Top Questions Answered

AOA President-elect Boyd R. Buser, DO, shares the latest updates and answers questions about the single GME accreditation system in this recent article in The DO magazine. View article and video interviews.

For more information and educational resources on the transition, visit the Single GME Accreditation System web pages of the ACGMEAACOM and the AOA. Submit questions related to this update to singlegme@aacom.org.