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September 2017 Single GME Accreditation System Update

September 21, 2017
Published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine September 21, 2017

SAS in Brief

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


Key Updates

Proposed Policy Changes to Section X for Public Comment 

The AOA recently posted revisions to Section X of the AOA Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training. These standards relate to the transition of AOA-approved programs to the single GME accreditation system. The proposed changes codify program eligibility for the 2019 AOA Match and ability to accept new trainees. The public comment period for these changes ends on Monday, October 16, 2017, please email comments to postdoc@osteopathic.org. Learn more about the proposed changes

Osteopathic Principles Committee Celebrates Recognition Milestone

During its last review committee meeting on September 8-10, 2017, the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC) marked the approval of its 100th program for Osteopathic Recognition. Notably, 111 programs have now received Osteopathic Recognition, to include programs that were previously ACGME-accredited only without an affiliation with the AOA. Programs that have received Osteopathic Recognition so far are in the following specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, sports medicine, pediatrics, transitional year, internal medicine/pediatrics, geriatric medicine, pediatric sports medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, hospice and palliative medicine, and allergy and immunology. 

Osteopathic Recognition is the key mechanism by which osteopathic principles and practices are incorporated within ACGME's accreditation system. AACOM's survey of third-year medical students indicates a strong interest among osteopathic medical students to pursue graduate medical training with an osteopathic focus. Learn more about Osteopathic Recognition.

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 September 21, 2017.
Table 1. Status of SAS Applications as of September 21, 2017
  Institutional Sponsors Program Osteopathic Recognition
Total Applications 104 506 122*
Total Initial Accreditation/Recognition 79 225 111
Total Initial Accreditation Contingent
            N/A        0             N/A
* Does not include programs that applied and did not receive initial recognition.


Especially for Students

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.