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April-May 2016 Single GME Accreditation System Update

May 13, 2016

Key Updates

AOA Launches Single GME Application Assistance Program
To help graduate medical education programs achieve ACGME accreditation and Osteopathic Recognition, the AOA has created the SAS Application Assistance Program to answer the most complex questions and to individually provide access to expert assistance. Read more.

Deadline for Programs to Apply
The AOA and OGME programs are working together to protect residents by ensuring they graduate from an accredited training program while helping programs successfully transition to ACGME accreditation. That’s the goal of new AOA standards, which set deadlines for programs to either apply for ACGME accreditation, or stop accepting trainees if the trainees cannot complete the program by June 30, 2020. If a program does not apply to the ACGME by the deadline, it will not be able to participate in the AOA Match the following February. See the full chart to learn about program deadlines.

AMA Wire: What Single GME Accreditation Could Mean for Residency Matches
The transition is underway to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME), which will allow osteopathic and allopathic medical school graduates to train in residency and fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Stephen C. Shannon, DO, President and CEO of AACOM and Lorenzo Pence, DO, Senior Vice President for Osteopathic Accreditation, ACGME, shared several things medical students need to know as they navigate the new system. Read more at AMA wire.  

Update on Applications as of May 16, 2016

There are currently 173 programs that have submitted applications for ACGME accreditation. Around 400 have started the process of applying but have not yet submitted applications. In April, over 22 ACGME Review Committees held meetings, some of which resulted in accreditation decisions. So far, 43 programs have achieved initial accreditation, while six programs have received initial accreditation contingent upon institution receiving initial accreditation status. The remaining are in pre-accreditation status or in continued pre-accreditation status. Programs that have received initial accreditation are in the following specialties: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, orthopedic surgery, OB/GYN, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and urology. One program in general surgery has received initial accreditation contingent upon institutional accreditation.

 Total Program Applications        173 
 Programs Receiving Initial Accreditation            43
 Programs Receiving Initial Accreditation Contingent             6
 Institutions Receiving Initial Accreditation           44
 Total Institutional Applications          72 

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

View list of sponsors that applied for accreditation under the single accreditation system.

Osteopathic Recognition

To date, 45 programs in total have applied for osteopathic recognition, 18 were reviewed so far and all received initial recognition. The next meeting of the Osteopathic Principles Committee is May 16-18, 2016.

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 Osteopathic Medicine (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.

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.

2017 ACGME Annual Educational Conference
The ACGME invites session proposals for the 2017 Annual Educational Conference, scheduled for March 9-12 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. Proposals should be designed to educate designated institutional officials (DIOs), program directors, coordinators, and others involved in graduate medical education (GME).Learn more.

Sponsoring Institution 2025 Open Forum Call for Participation
The ACGME invites graduate medical education stakeholders to attend an open forum as part of the Sponsoring Institution 2025 (SI2025) project. There is a forum scheduled for June 16 in Washington, DC—those interested in participating were asked to complete this form to express interest in attending. Additional communication will be sent at a later date regarding the open forums in Houston, Los Angeles, and New York. Email any questions or comments to SI2025@acgme.org

CLER National Report of Findings 2016
On May 3, 2015, ACGME announced the lifting of the embargo on the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) National Report of Findings 2016. The report is published as a supplement to the May 2016 edition of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME). The report presents data from CLER visits to participating sites of nearly 300 ACGME Sponsoring Institutions and provides a first look at important cross cutting areas of focus in the clinical learning environments of resident and fellow physicians. AACOM is a partner in ACGME’s Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments initiative.