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February 2016 Single GME Accreditation System Update

February 23, 2016

Key Updates

Urology Review Committee Update
The ACGME Urology Review Committee (RC) recently announced that they will considerAOA-board certified program directors without requiring an ABMS-board certified co-program director. All RCs, except for neurological surgery have made similar decisions over the past year. View a full list of these program director requirements by specialty.

It is important to note that many RCs have other requirements for the program director position in addition to certification. Those additional requirements may be published in Program Requirements, FAQs from the RC (which can be found on the RC webpage) or both. As is currently the case, all program director appointments must be reviewed and approved by the RC.

New FAQ on Board Certification for Osteopathic Graduates
A new FAQ provides clarification addressing ACGME certifying exam take rate expectations for osteopathic graduates. The FAQ language is as follows:

The specialty-specific Program Requirements stipulate a minimum percentage of program graduates that must take the certifying examination offered by the applicable American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board. Must osteopathic graduates take the ABMS board examination rather than the examination offered by the applicable American Osteopathic Association (AOA) certifying board?

No. Programs in which some or all graduates take the applicable AOA certifying exam may not achieve the required minimum “take rate" for the applicable ABMS board examination as specified in the specialty-specific Program Requirements. When this occurs the program will not receive a citation and the program’s accreditation status will not be adversely impacted on the basis of non-compliance with this requirement. The ACGME believes that the goal of ACGME-accredited residency education is to produce physicians who seek and receive certifying board certification, recognizing that some graduates will be eligible for both exams and will have the freedom to choose which exam to take. This expectation will be addressed in the Common Program Requirements at the time of their next major revision.

View the ACGME Single Accreditation System FAQs.

New DO Appointments to ACGME Review/Recognition Committee

Update on Applications as of Monday, February 22, 2016

Program Application
There are currently 132 programs that have submitted applications for ACGME accreditation. Several more have begun the process of applying but have not yet submitted applications. Of those that have, 15 have achieved initial accreditation in dermatology (1), internal medicine (9), pediatrics (1), urology (3), and diagnostic radiology (1) specialties. The remaining 92 are in pre-accreditation status and 25 are in continued pre-accreditation status. Below are the programs that have received initial accreditation: 


  • St Joseph Mercy (Livingston) Hospital Program, Howell, MI

  Internal Medicine

  • Detroit Medical Center Corporation Program, Commerce Township, MI
  • Genesys Regional Medical Center Program, Grand Blanc, MI
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Program, Clinton Township, MI
  • Iowa Medical Education Collaborative Program, Des Moines, IA
  • Kent Hospital Program, Warwick, RI
  • Magnolia Regional Health Center Program, Corinth, MI
  • McLaren Oakland Program, Pontiac, MI
  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Program, Tulsa, OK (Contingent)
  • St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital Program, Warren, MI


  • Broward Health Medical Center Program, Fort Lauderdale, FL


  • Sparrow Hospital Program, East Lansing, MI
  • John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County Program, Chicago IL
  • Detroit Medical Center Corporation Program, Detroit MI

Diagnostic Radiology

  • Botsford Hospital Program, Farmington Hills, MI

View report of all programs that have applied for ACGME accreditation under the single GME accreditation system

Institutional Applications
There are 68 institutions that have applied for ACGME accreditation as institutional sponsors, 27 of which have achieved initial accreditation.

View report of institutional sponsors with pre-accreditation status.

Osteopathic Recognition
To date, 34 programs in total have applied for osteopathic recognition, 18 have achieved initial recognition.

View report of programs that have applied for osteopathic recognition. 

Opportunities to Comment on ACGME Standards

  • The ACGME Common Program Requirements Phase I Task Force is requesting comments as they soon will begin the process of considering revisions to Section VI (Resident Duty Hours in the Learning and Working Environment) of the ACGME Common Program Requirements. The Task Force invites you to send your written comments on Section VI of the requirements to cprrevision@acgme.org before February 25, 2016.

In addition, three ACGME review committees are seeking comments on proposed revisions to program requirements:

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (subspecialties of obstetrics and gynecology) have posted the revisions and accompanying Impact Statement for review and comment; comments should be sent to by March 3 for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and March 16 for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
  • The Thoracic Surgery RC is beginning the process of a major revision and invites comments on the Program Requirements posted as "Approved but not in Effect until 2016," which can be found on the Review Committee web page under the "Program Requirements" header. Comments should be sent to ThoracicSurgery-Revi@acgme.org no later than February 26.
  • The Surgery RC is beginning a major revision to the existing program requirements for GME in Pediatric Surgery and invites comments indicated as "Approved but not in Effect until 2016," which can be found on the Review Committee web page under the "Program Requirements" header. Email comments to Surgery-Reviews@acgme.org by March 21. 


Updated Resource on ACGME Single GME Accreditation System Web Page
The ACGME has updated its Single GME Accreditation System web page (also accessible via the ACGME homepage). This section was reorganized in 2015 to provide greater ease of access to news items, important updates, and critical resources for osteopathic programs pursuing application for ACGME accreditation. New resources now available under the “Resources and References” section include:

  • Application Guide: This guide is intended to serve as a working document for program directors completing an application for ACGME accreditation during the transition to a single GME accreditation system, to facilitate the collection of necessary information prior to beginning the application process in the ACGME's Accreditation Data System (ADS).
  • Accreditation Data System (ADS) Faculty Roster Instructions by Specialty: This is a companion document to the Application Guide (above) which shows specialty instructions for how each individual review committee wants a program to complete the faculty roster in ACGME’s ADS system.
  • Updated Single Accreditation System FAQs are now available on the Single GME Accreditation System web page.

Milestones and New Resources from the Osteopathic Principles Committee
The Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) recently posted a document on its web page entitled "Elements of an Osteopathic Learning Environment" to serve as a resource for programs seeking osteopathic recognition. Updated Osteopathic Recognition FAQs on the OPC's web page include further clarification on elements of an osteopathic learning environment, and clarification on scholarly activity requirements.

In addition, the Osteopathic Recognition Milestones are now posted on the OPC's web page. View the Osteopathic Recognition Milestones

ONMM Milestones Posted
The Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) Milestones are now posted on the ONMM web page. View the ONMM Milestones.

Updated ONMM Program Requirements
The updated ONMM requirements are now available on the ONMM web page. Along with the requirements, the ONMM RC has also updated the ONMM FAQ document, specialty specific application document, and created a new "Guide to Construction of an Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Program Block Diagram." All of these documents are also available on the ONMM web page. 

ACGME 2016 Annual Educational Conference
The ACGME’s 2016 Annual Educational Conference which will be held February 25-28, 2016, in National Harbor, MD. A pre-conference for osteopathic programs and institutions will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The pre-conference includes sessions intended for osteopathic program directors, Directors of Medical Education (DMEs), chief academic officers, and others interested in learning about ACGME accreditation for current AOA-approved programs.

Infographic from the American Academy of Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology recently published an infographic showing that AOA and ACGME residencies have similar requirements.

AACOM Survey on Resources for MDs to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements

AACOM is conducting a survey to identify resources that are/will be available to MD students and graduates who seek to fulfill prerequisites for ACGME-accredited programs with Osteopathic Recognition. Please complete the following survey with information on any initiatives and programs you are aware of in your institution or organization. The due date for submission is March 4, 2016. Read more.