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March 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

March 07, 2017
Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine March 2017

SAS in Brief

In this issue: Key Updates  |  Applications  |  Education & Outreach


Key Updates

Updated Osteopathic Recognition Application Instructions 

The Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) has updated the Application Instructions for Osteopathic Recognition to reflect recent changes to the Osteopathic Recognition application. The application will no longer contain common program application questions or questions related to duty hours, patient safety, and learning environment. The Osteopathic Recognition Application document is available under the "Application for Recognition" heading on the Osteopathic Recognition page on the website. All Osteopathic Recognition applications submitted after February 6, 2017 should contain the updated application document.

ACGME RCs Incorporate AOA Board Pass Rates in Requirements

As clarified in various ACGME FAQs, all ACGME RCs are expected to submit focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. Twenty ACGME RCs have proposed focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. Recent proposed focused revisions from preventive medicine and family medicine are posted on the ACGME’s Review & Comment web page and below:


Status of Applications

The transition to the single accreditation system continues into its 21st month. The AOA Basic Standards for Postdoctoral Training Standard X outlines deadlines for programs to apply in order to participate in the AOA match. These programs in specialties outlined in Standard X must apply to the ACGME by December 31, 2017 or earlier in order to participate in the 2018 NMS match. The table below provides a brief snapshot of the current status of ACGME applications as of March 7, 2017.  

Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of March 7, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 96 420 87*
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 69 124 69
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
- 13 -
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition. 


Education & Outreach

Joint AACOM & AODME Conference: SAS Focus

The Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD, on April 26-29. The conference with the theme, Educating Leaders: Integrated Health Systems A Paradigm for the Future, boasts a robust mix of programming on faculty development, undergraduate and graduate medical education and the transition to the single accreditation system. 

Sessions and conference offerings related to the single GME accreditation system include:

  • Osteopathic Recognition: Intensive Peer-to-Peer Workshop for Completing the Osteopathic Recognition Application
    Tuesday, April 25, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Oral Presentations
    Wednesday, April 26 - Friday, April 28 including:
    • Single GME Accreditation System Update,
      Lorenzo Pence, DO
      Wednesday, April 26, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
    • Transition from UME to GME: Residency Match Updates from the NRMP and NMS
      Wednesday, April 26, 2:30pm-3:30pm
  • Exhibitors: Visit the exhibit hall to learn more and interact with staff from:
    • AACOM Research and discuss how to use AACOM Data for scholarly activity
    • AOA Single Accreditation System Application Assistance Program
    • ACGME Journal of Graduate Medical Education


Follow #singleGME on twitter for up-to-the-minute news on the transition. See AACOM's Single GME Accreditation System for more SAS information and resources.