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AACOM Statement on ACGME Common Program Requirements Section VI

March 17, 2017


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recently released the new Common Program Requirements Section VI after an extensive process of reviewing available information, literature, comments and testimony from the graduate medical education (GME) community. The revised standards are intended to balance professional education for trainees with patient safety, resident well-being and inter-professional team-based care. AACOM submitted comments in support of the proposed revisions to the Common Program Requirements Section VI during the open comment period, and supports the final version of the requirements.

AACOM applauds the general direction of the changes which provide overall expectations for the clinical learning and working environment that align GME with ongoing initiatives in health care related to interprofessional team-based care, safety, quality improvement, and addresses health care disparities, and physician and resident well-being. 


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 33 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 48 teaching locations in 31 states. In the 2016-17 academic year these colleges are educating more than 27,000 future physicians — more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 27 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.