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November 2015 Single GME Accreditation System Update

November 25, 2015

Key Updates

Pending Changes to Postdoctoral Standards and Policy

The Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training (COPT) approved revisions to Section X of the postdoctoral standards and policy at their recent meeting on November 6, 2015. These changes are now posted for a 45-day comment period ending Thursday, December 24, 2015. View the revisions to Section X.  

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. 

Update on Institution and Program Applications as of November 23, 2015

More than 200 programs have initiated applications with the ACGME, and around 100 institutions have also started the application process for institutional sponsorship. To date, 50 institutions have applied for ACGME institutional sponsorship accreditation, of which a total of 23 institutions have received initial accreditation, seven remain in pre-accreditation status, and 17 are in continued pre-accreditation status. View the ACGME's list of newly accredited institutional sponsors.  

A total of 76 programs have submitted complete applications for ACGME initial accreditation to date. Two programs in internal medicine and a pediatrics programs have received initial accreditation:

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.

Historic Meeting of the Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC)

At the November 2-3, 2015, meeting of the ACGME Osteopathic Principle Committee (OPC), the Committee reviewed 18 applications for osteopathic recognition. All 18 programs received osteopathic recognition, five of which were ACGME-accredited programs only, one was a previously AOA-accredited program and the remaining are dually-accredited programs. This meeting marked the one-year anniversary of the Osteopathic Principles Committee and the first time for any program to receive osteopathic recognition. View the list of programs with osteopathic recognition.

Timing of Applications Decisions

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. ACGME also urges programs to contact the relevant ACGME Review Committee executive director before submitting their application to ensure all sections are filled out correctly. ACGME stated that programs can contact executive directors as frequently as needed before submitting their applications. See the following link for ACGME RC executive director contact information.

Revised Chart on Board Certification Pathways

The AOA recently shared a chart that shows AOA and ABMS training eligibility requirements for specialty certification during the five-year transition period to the single accreditation system. This chart adds to information from ABMS related to training eligibility for ABMS member boards, and incorporates the AOA board certification pathway by specialty. 

Upcoming Educational Events 

Student Webinar on the Single GME Accreditation System & Osteopathic Recognition

AACOM hosted a webinar for students on the single accreditation system and osteopathic recognition on Friday, November 13 featuring 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.  View the student webinar recording. 

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. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one private sessions with ACGME executive directors to help address nuanced and specialty-specific questions. 

ACGME 2016 Annual Educational Conference

The ACGME’s 2016 Annual Educational Conference which 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.

Additional Resources 

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