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May 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

May 18, 2017
Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine May 2017

SAS in Brief

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


Especially for Students

SAS Student Central

AACOM’s SAS Student Central page features resources especially for students on the transition to the single accreditation system. New updates are posted regularly on this page and are shared via social media, follow @AACOMmunities and the hashtag #singlegme to keep up with the latest.


Key Updates

ACGME Launches New Single GME Accreditation System Web Page

The new pages provide specific information for AOA-approved programs and institutions applying for accreditation under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding. This information has been organized by stages in the accreditation process: application, pre-accreditation, and Initial Accreditation.

There is also now targeted information for AOA residents and DO students, as well as ACGME-accredited programs that are not AOA-approved. For each of these groups, applicable information is presented on such topics as terminology, eligibility, Osteopathic Recognition, and more. E-mail questions to singlegme@acgme.org.

New Agreement Addresses Residents’ Needs in the Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

AACOM, the AOA and the ACGME and are committed to protecting residents during the transition to the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system. The terms of the single accreditation system require that the AOA no longer accredit GME programs after June 30, 2020. The three organizations recognize there may be unique circumstances whereby some programs make a good faith effort to achieve ACGME accreditation but still haven’t transitioned successfully to ACGME accreditation by that date.

An agreement reached by the three organizations seeks to protect residents in such programs or situations so they can complete AOA-accredited training and advance to AOA board eligibility. The agreement will give the AOA restricted authority to extend the AOA accreditation date to allow any remaining resident in such programs to complete training in an accredited program. Please direct questions related to this agreement to 

See the AACOM statement on this agreement. 

Status of Applications

This month, the transition to the single accreditation system continues into the 23rd month, nearing the two-year window when program applications opened under the transition to the single accreditation system which ends June 30, 2020. 

Timeline from 2014 beginning to a single GME system in 2020

AOA Application Deadlines


The AOA Basic Standards for Postdoctoral Training Standard X outlines deadlines for programs to apply in order to participate in the 2018 AOA National Matching Service. These programs in both core residencies and fellowships as outlined in Standard X must apply to the ACGME by January 1, 2018, or earlier, to participate in the 2018 NMS Match. The three-year core specialties with upcoming deadlines include: dermatology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, NMM/OMM (including preliminary year) and proctological surgery.

Status of Applications to the ACGME

Table 1. provides a brief snapshot of the status of ACGME applications as of May 16, 2017.

Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of May 16, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 96 444 91*
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 69 214 79
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
- 0 -
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition. 

Status of SAS program applictions as of 5/16/2017
Status of SAS institutional applications as of 5/16/2017


Education & Outreach

Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference

The Joint AACOM & AODME 2017 Annual Conference was held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD, April 26-29. The conference offered a robust mix of programming on faculty development, undergraduate and graduate medical education, and the transition to the single accreditation system. View available SAS session presentations and presentations from the Osteopathic Recognition Pre-conference Workshop

Register for Upcoming AODME Webinars

The AODME will host a webinar on Monday, June 19th 3PM CT, on creating research projects. The webinar entitled “Scholar Overview: Demystifying Medical Research Projects” will be delivered by presenters Robert W. Hostoffer, DO, PhD and Brian P. Peppers, DO, PhD. Learn more and register.



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.