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March 2016 Single GME Accreditation System Update

March 24, 2016

Key Updates

Approved Standards for AOA Program Accreditation during Transition to Single Accreditation System
During its mid-year meeting, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees (BOT) approved standards for AOA program accreditation during the transition to the single accreditation system. These updated standards are incorporated in the AOA’s Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training (pages 56-59).

In addition, the AOA BOT approved the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialties’ resolution to allow candidates to sit for AOA board certification exams, if they graduate from AOA approved residency programs that convert to ACGME accreditation or dually-accredited programs that dropped their AOA accreditation. View the approved resolution.

View the list of 2016 Midyear Resolutions that were reviewed and acted on by the AOA Board of Trustees on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

Newly Approved Requirements for ONMM
The ACGME Board of Directors approved focused revisions to the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) requirements that create a pathway for the NMM plus one fellowship. View the approved requirements, ONMM FAQs, and a Guide to Construction of an Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Program Block Diagram

View the ONMM specialty page for more information.

FAQ on Board Certification for Osteopathic Graduates
A new FAQ provides clarification for 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.

Update on Applications as of March 25, 2016

Program Application
There are currently 143 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 103 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, 39 programs in total have applied for osteopathic recognition, 18 were reviewed so far and received initial recognition.

View report of programs that have applied for osteopathic recognition.


New Flyer on Attaining Osteopathic Recognition in your Residency Program
AACOM, in collaboration with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathicosteopathic-recognition-thumbMedicine (OU-HCOM), developed a flyer explaining the value and importance of Osteopathic Recognition in residency programs. Among the key benefits, Osteopathic Recognition will likely strengthen physician recruitment efforts and patient care. AACOM conducted a survey in 2015 of third-year osteopathic medical students, which found that 70 percent of third-year osteopathic medical students prefer to seek residency training programs with Osteopathic Recognition. View flyer.

AOA and ABMS Board Certification Eligibility Chart
View the AOA Board Certification Chart which incorporates both the AOA and ABMS training eligibility requirements for specialty certification during the transition to the single GME accreditation system. Individuals seeking ABMS certification should monitor relevant ABMS board websites for any changes in policy.

New ACGME Video on the ACGME Application Process
A new video by the ACGME is now available on “Completing a Program Application for ACGME Accreditation.” This video provides an overview of the application process and walks through various steps required for filling out the application. View video here.

ACGME Application Process for Combined Programs
A new process document is now available to guide AOA combined/integrated programs through the ACGME application process. The AOA and ACGME process for combined/integrated programs differs. In the ACGME system, core programs apply for ACGME accreditation separately and then submit a curriculum to the appropriate AOA and/or ABMS certifying boards for approval. View the ACGME process document.

ACGME’s New Website
The ACGME launched its newly redesigned website on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The site will increase ease of use while expanding awareness of the organization’s programs and objectives. View A Guide to ACGME.org for a site navigation resource.

Updated Resources 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.