As the transition to the single GME accreditation system (SAS) progresses, several organizations, including AACOM, are engaged in providing tools, webinars, publications, events and other resources to help programs and institutions through the process and to inform the broader osteopathic medical education community. A few of these resources are highlighted in this article and issue of IOME.
2017 AACOM Data Reports on Osteopathic Medical Education
In April, AACOM published a report which showcases a sample of AACOM’s data collection and analysis efforts. This book, though not inclusive of all data collection and analysis AACOM undertakes, is intended to serve as a quick reference for researchers in undergraduate and graduate medical education. This resource is particularly developed to assist residency program directors, residents, fellows and others in graduate medical education interested in conducting research projects on trends and data on osteopathic medical schools and students. View the 2017 AACOM Data Reports on Osteopathic Medical Education.
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.
AAFP’S Family Medicine Residency Explorer
In an effort to assist family medicine residency programs in their applications to the ACGME, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) created a new tool—the Family Medicine Residency Explorer, which maps out both ACGME and AOA-accredited programs in an effort to allow programs to identify local partners and collaborate to achieve ACGME accreditation. The tool allows users to find local family medicine residency programs, access specific information about each program and connect to share and exchange resources. Utilize the Family Medicine Residency Explorer.
AODME Webinars on Research & Scholarly Activity
The AODME is offering a series of webinars on conducting scholarly work led by Brian P. Peppers, DO, PhD and Robert W. Hostoffer, DO, PhD. The “Scholar series” are workshop style webinars to assist in the process of starting a research project in the medical field. The first webinar, entitled “Scholar Overview: Demystifying The Medical Research Project” will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM CT and will demystify the process of starting a research project. Register today. Part II of this series will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 regularly posted on this page and are shared via social media. New updates this week include the new agreement addressing resident needs during the transition. Follow @AACOMmunities and the hashtag #singlegme to keep up with the latest.