Updates on the Transition to the Single GME Accreditation System

At the beginning of next month, July 1, the transition to the single GME accreditation system will officially launch. AACOM will continue to monitor and engage in operational and educational activities related to the transition. Here are some updates in the month of June:

Additional ACGME Review Committees Will Consider AOA Certifications for Program Directors

An ACGME Common Program Requirement (II.A.3.b) is that, “Qualifications of the program director must include current certification in the specialty by the American Board of _____, or specialty qualifications that are acceptable to the Review Committee.”

The following ACGME Review Committees (RCs) recently voted to accept AOA certification as acceptable specialty qualifications for program directors (in no particular order):

  1. Transitional Year
  2. Allergy and Immunology
  3. Anesthesiology
  4. Ophthalmology
  5. Pediatrics
  6. Plastic Surgery
  7. Psychiatry
  8. Orthopaedic Surgery
  9. Emergency Medicine
  10. Obstetrics and Gynecology
  11. Pathology
  12. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  13. Preventive Medicine
  14. Dermatology
  15. Diagnostic Radiology
  16. Family Medicine
  17. Internal Medicine

Thus, in these specialties, an AOA-certified program director could serve without a co-program director certified by an ABMS member board. These decisions continue to build on the positive momentum in the implementation of the single graduate medical education accreditation system.

It is important to note that many RCs have other requirements for the program director position in addition to certification.  Those additional requirements may be published in Program Requirements, FAQs from the RC (which can be found on the RC webpage) or both. As is currently the case, all program director appointments must be reviewed and approved by the RC.

Upcoming ACGME Review Committee Meetings

The ACGME RC meetings for 2015 and 2016 are updated and available on ACGME’s website, please visit ACGME’s web page dedicated to RC meetings for regular updates.  Visit the individual RC pages for information about agenda closing dates and for the remaining 2015 meeting dates and 2016 meeting dates. Below are RC meeting dates in 2015 for RCs with agenda closing dates after July 1, 2015. 

ACGME Review/Recognition Committee (RC) 

RC Agenda for meeting closes by this date 

RC Meeting Date 

July 6, 2015 

August 21 , 2015 

August 24, 2015 

October 14-16, 2015 

August 10, 2015 

November 2-3, 2015 

August 24, 2015 

October 19-20, 2015 

September 15, 2015 

November 5-6, 2015 

August 14, 2015 

November 13-14, 2015 

August 13, 2015 

October 22-23, 2015 

September 25, 2015 

December 4-5, 2015 

July 17, 2015 

September 18-20, 2015


Institutions Apply for Institutional Sponsorship

The application process for ACGME institutional sponsorship began on April 1, 2015. Institutions that submit a completed institutional application will receive “pre-accreditation status” and its AOA-accredited programs can begin the application process for Initial Accreditation with the ACGME. Programs can begin submitting their applications for ACGME Initial Accreditation on July 1, 2015. Institutions with pre-accreditation status will be identified on ACGME’s website. Those interested can now search for institutions by accreditation status and by state.

Six institutions have already achieved ACGME initial accreditation, those that achieve initial accreditation will be identified and can be searched under the “Future Accredited” filter on ACGME’s ADS public site. Those interested can now search for institutions by accreditation status and by state. 

The six institutions that have achieved ACGME initial accreditation status are: 

  • Magnolia Regional Health Center (MS)  
  • Botsford Hospital (MI)  
  • Metro Health Hospital (MI)        
  • McLaren Oakland (MI)  
  • Lakeland Regional Health System(MI)   
  • Northside Hospital (FL)  

As of June 24, 2015, there are currently 18 institutions in pre-accreditation status. Click here to see the full-list of pre-accredited programs.

Resources: 6/24 Student Webinar

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, AACOM hosted a webinar featuring speakers from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) designed to inform students about the transition to the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system. This webinar covered general information to help students navigate the new system and specific information on transitional year programs and traditional rotating internships during the transition. The webinar recording and materials are available here.  

Resources: ACGME Specialty-Specific Webinars

ACGME launched a series of webinars for osteopathic programs and institutions transitioning into the single accreditation system in April. The webinars are specialty-specific and feature Senior Vice Presidents for Accreditation, ACGME Executive Directors and Review Committee Chairs. The schedule for the remaining webinars, presentations and webinar recordings are available on the AOA’s website. These webinars will also be posted on the ACGME’s webinars web page within three weeks. Registration is suggested for, but not restricted to, program directors in the specialty, designated institutional officials (DIOs) and others assisting in the application process.

For regular updates stay tuned to the single GME accreditation system page on our website, on twitter by following @AACOMmunities or on facebook or email for regular updates. 

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June 2015
Vol. 9, No. 6