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July/August 2016 Single GME Accreditation System Update

August 11, 2016

The single GME accreditation system (SAS), which officially launched on July 1, 2015, is now in the second year of the transition. The following report summarizes recent key updates and resources on the SAS.

Key Updates

AOA Annual Business Meeting & SAS

On July 22, 2016, AOA President, Boyd Buser, DO, and ACGME CEO Thomas Nasca, MD, presented a report to the House of Delegates (HOD) on the progress of the transition to the SAS. Resolution H-800, which was passed by the HOD in 2014, requires the AOA to report on specific metrics on the transition. Key highlights from the report include:

  • A reminder that program size will not prevent AOA programs from achieving ACGME accreditation. So far, no program has been denied ACGME accreditation based solely on program size
  • Twenty-three of the twenty-four ACGME Review Committees (RCs) accept AOA-certified program directors
  • ACGME RCs have begun to add AOA board certification pass rates to ACGME standards

Additionally, data on new AOA-accredited programs as of July 2015, closed programs, and results of the AOA call campaign, which was initiated to determine plans by programs to apply to the ACGME and for Osteopathic Recognition, were all made available. View the presentation slides for more information

Several ACGME RCs Incorporate AOA Board Pass Rates in Requirements

The following ACGME Review Committees (RC) have proposed focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. View the impact statements and program requirements posted on the ACGME’s Review & Comment web page and below:

All ACGME RCs are expected to submit focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements.

Residency Match & SAS

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) has posted frequently asked questions (FAQs) specifically for “Newly ACGME-accredited Osteopathic Institutions/Programs.” These FAQs provide clarification on the NRMP match process during the transition to the SAS. View the NRMP FAQs.

Updated FAQ on Residency Match

How will the residency match process change during the transition?

AOA-accredited residency training programs participate in the AOA Match, which is administered by the National Matching Services Inc. (NMS). Most ACGME-accredited programs* participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Programs accredited by the AOA and the ACGME (dually accredited training programs) may participate in both Matches. The NRMP and ACGME are separate organizations. The NRMP is focused on matching residents and training programs and the ACGME is focused on the accreditation of training programs. With the transition to a single Graduate Medical Education accreditation system, training programs previously accredited by AOA will be ACGME-accredited by July 1, 2020; therefore, the final AOA Match is expected to occur no later than 2019. Until that time, the AOA will continue to administer the AOA Match to match DO graduates into AOA-accredited programs (including dually accredited programs that choose to participate in both matches). AOA-accredited programs that do not have ACGME accreditation cannot participate in the NRMP Match. Moreover, programs with pre-accreditation status are not allowed in the NRMP Match.

If an AOA-accredited program receives ACGME accreditation and terminates its AOA accreditation in the middle of the Match cycle (June – February), it will be given the option of staying in the AOA Match for the remainder of that Match cycle so as not to disrupt the matching process for students and programs; programs will not be withdrawn from the AOA Match simply because they received ACGME accreditation. However, a program must be AOA- accredited to enter into the AOA Match process. View FAQ online.

*Ophthalmology, plastic surgery and urology residencies and many fellowships have separate match processes. There is also a separate “military match” for physicians administered by the Joint Service Graduate Medical Education Selection Board.

AOA Task Force on AOA Board Certification

The AOA recently convened a Certifying Board Services Task Force and held a Board Certification Summit July 30-31 in Chicago with members of all 18 AOA certifying boards, task force members, and AOA leadership. The goal of the task force and these efforts is to revamp AOA board certification and respond to any changes related to the transition to the single accreditation system. Read more from The DO.

Status of Applications

Programs and institutions have continued to apply for ACGME accreditation since July 1, 2015 and April 1, 2015, respectively. The table below provides a brief snapshot of the current status of ACGME applications as of August 11, 2016.

Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of August 11, 2016

  Institutional Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 83 222 60
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 44 48 36
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent   7  

Osteopathic Recognition

  • Of the 36 programs with Initial Osteopathic Recognition status: 1 is AOA-accredited, 7 are ACGME-accredited only, and 28 are dually-accredited.
  • Of the 22 programs still in the application stage for Osteopathic Recognition: 3 are AOA-accredited, 7 are ACGME-accredited only, and 12 are dually-accredited.

View the full list of programs, institutions, and Osteopathic Recognition applications in the ACGME Accreditation Data System (ADS) reports below:


Register for Osteopathic Recognition Milestones Webinar

AACOM, in partnership with the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME), is hosting a webinar on the ACGME Osteopathic Recognition Milestone Project on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 12:30 PM ET. The webinar will feature Natasha Bray, DO, ACGME Osteopathic Principles Milestones Committee Chair and Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) Associate Dean of Clinical Medicine, and Laura Edgar, EdD, ACGME Executive Director for Milestones Development. Register today.

Sponsoring Institution 2025 Open Forum 

The ACGME invited graduate medical education stakeholders to attend an open forum as part of the Sponsoring Institution 2025 (SI2025) project on August 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. These forums provide an opportunity for participants to share their views on the future of ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions. ACGME will issue an invitation for an additional open forum in New York in the near future. Email any questions or comments to SI2025@acgme.org.

For Students

AACOM recently hosted a webinar for students on navigating the SAS on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. The webinar focused on entering fourth-year osteopathic medical students and featured Lorenzo Pence, DO, ACGME Senior Vice President, Osteopathic Accreditation and Boyd Buser, DO, AOA President. There were close to 900 registrants for the webinar, and the webinar recap and other student resources have yielded close to 4,000 web views. View the webinar recording, PowerPoint presentation and brief recap.

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AACOM also launched a new web page, SAS Student Central, which provides students with a “one-stop” resource for navigating the transition to the SAS.
Visit SAS Student Central.