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June 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

June 29, 2017
Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine June 29, 2017

SAS in Brief

In this issue:  
Webinar  |  Updates  |  Events  |  Applications  |  For Students  |  Resources

Student SAS Webinar Recording Available

AACOM Informational Webinar on the Single GME Accreditation System.
Comment bubble artOn Monday, June 26, 2017, AACOM hosted a webinar on the single graduate medical education accreditation system featuring Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President & CEO, AACOM, Boyd Buser, DO, AOA President, Lorenzo Pence, DO, ACGME, Senior Vice President of Osteopathic Accreditation. The webinar covered updates on the transition and information for students, faculty advisors and others interested in learning more about the transition. View the webinar.


Key Updates

ACGME Call for Applications for Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has announced a new opportunity for ACGME-accredited sponsoring institutions to promote improvement in the clinical learning environment. The Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments-Pathways Leaders collaboratives will focus on optimizing resident/fellow engagement in the six focus areas of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program: patient safety, health care quality, care transitions, supervision, fatigue management (well-being), and professionalism. Find more information or apply.

ACGME Review Committees Incorporate AOA Board Pass Rates in Requirements

Several ACGME Review Committees (RCs) submitted focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements. Thus far, 21 ACGME RCs proposed focused revisions that incorporate AOA board pass rates within their program requirements and many have been approved by the ACGME board. The table below shows the approval status of board pass rates language in the specific specialty requirements.

Specialty Date of Approval of Focused Revision Incorporating AOA Board Pass Rates
Allergy and Immunology February 2017
Emergency Medicine February 2017
Dermatology February 2017
Neurology February 2017
Obstetrics and Gynecology February 2017
Ophthalmology February 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery February 2017
Otolaryngology February 2017
Pediatrics February 2017
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation February 2017
Plastic Surgery February 2017
Psychiatry February 2017
Surgery February 2017
Thoracic Surgery February 2017
Urology February 2017
Diagnostic Radiology June 2017
Family Medicine June 2017
Internal Medicine June 2017
Interventional Radiology June 2017
Neurological Surgery June 2017
Preventive Medicine TBD

Applications Update  

Timeline from 2014 beginning to a single GME system in 2020

This month, the transition to the single accreditation system continues into month 24. On July 1, 2017, the transition begins its third year in the five-year window for program applications under the single accreditation system which ends June 30, 2020.

Status of Applications to the ACGME

Table 1 provides a brief snapshot of the status of ACGME applications as of June 29, 2017.

Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of June 29, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 101 464 114*
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 79 216 79
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
- 0 -
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition.


Especially for Students

Opportunities Website and 2018 Residency Match Information

In preparation for the 2018 AOA NMS Match, the AOA’s Opportunities website now displays information on the ACGME status and ability of programs to participate in the 2018 match.

Oportunities chart

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.


New AOA Webpage: Value of Osteopathic Recognition

AOA’s new web page offers resources and literature demonstrating the various benefits of Osteopathic Recognition. Osteopathic Recognition is an ACGME designation for ACGME-accredited programs that demonstrate training in osteopathic principles and practices. AOA’s new resource serves as a tool to advance osteopathic recognition in residency programs giving reasons to apply and offering supporting research. Reasons include: reduction of costs and improvement of  care, ensuring osteopathic distinctiveness, and attracting high quality candidates to programs. Access the new web page on the ‘Value of Osteopathic Recognition.’

AODME Webinar Spotlight

The Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) will host a webinar on the ACGME Accreditation Site Visit on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Webinar presenter, Ingrid Philibert, PhD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) will offer current and practical information on the ACGME site visit process during the transition. Register for the webinar.


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.