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August 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

August 24, 2017
Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine August 24 , 2017

SAS in Brief

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


Key Updates

AOA Annual Business Meeting

The 2015-16 AOA President, Boyd R. Buser, DO and ACGME CEO, Thomas J. Nasca, MD, presented during the AOA House of Delegates Meeting on Friday, July 21, 2017. Updates on the transition to the single GME accreditation system were provided including data as required by Resolution No. H-800. View the PowerPoint slides from Dr. Buser and Dr. Nasca

ACGME Revised Common Program Requirements FAQs

The ACGME updated its Common Program Requirement FAQs in July 2017 to reflect the revisions of Section VI of the Common Program Requirements that are effective July 1, 2017. View the ACGME Common Program FAQs.

Osteopathic Recognition: New Proposed Focused Revisions

The Osteopathic Principles Committee proposed focused revision to the Osteopathic Recognition Requirements and Impact Statement are now available on the ACGME Review and Comment web page. The comment period will close on September 13, 2017. View the Impact Statement and Requirements.

Learn more about Osteopathic Recognition at www.acgme.org/osteopathicrecognition.

Applications Update  

Timeline from 2014 beginning to a single GME system in 2020

Status of Applications to the ACGME

Table 1 provides a brief snapshot of the status of ACGME applications as of August 24, 2017.
Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of August 24, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 103 493 120*
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 79 217 79
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
            N/A        0             N/A
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition.


Especially for Students

Resource for Clinical Rotations & GME Opportunities 

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) maintains an online database, Opportunities, listing all currently AOA-approved programs. Though the primary purpose of the database is to research training programs for the AOA residency match, osteopathic medical students also use it to learn about clinical rotation experiences. As we transition to the single GME accreditation system, programs will achieve ACGME accreditation and will drop their AOA approval status and therefore will no longer be displayed in Opportunities. To assist students in tracking these programs, the AOA created a new list of all AOA-approved programs that fully transitioned to ACGME accreditation. View the Opportunities website to access this list.

In addition, the Opportunities website now also links to an ACGME Public Accreditation Data System (ADS) report that lists programs offering education in Osteopathic Principles and Practice. This list contains all ACGME-accredited Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) programs and programs that have received Osteopathic Recognition. View the report for the current Academic Year 2017-2018.

Tip Sheet: 2018 Residency AOA NMS & NRMP Match Timeline

This tip sheet offers key dates for students and programs for the upcoming 2018 residency matches through the National Matching Service (NMS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). View the Match Timeline Overview.

Note: This sheet is intended to be a helpful resource and is not inclusive of all dates and activities involved in the residency match processes.



AODME Upcoming Webinars 

The Milestones: The Good, The Bad, and What You Should be DoingWednesday, September 27th, 2017
Presenter: Laura Edgar, EdD, CAE More information

Osteopathic Recognition ProgramsWednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 3pm CST/4pm EST, Presenter: Sarah James, DO. More information.

NBOME 7 COMLEX-USA Update for Residency Program DirectorsWednesday, November 1st, 2017, Presenter: John Gimpel, DO, Med. More information

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.