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Student Primer: New Single Accreditation System for GME


After months of negotiations, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved an agreement in February 2014 that will result in a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) under the auspices of the ACGME by June 30, 2020.

This development confers a number of benefits for osteopathic medical students:

  • Brings together two parallel GME systems. Eventually, students will no longer have to register for and participate in two separate Residency Program Match systems.
  • Preserves access to primary and sub-specialty programs for osteopathic medical graduates.
  • Maintains DO students’ access to opportunities in the full spectrum of GME.
  • Secures the osteopathic community’s role in the development of the next generation of accreditation for GME.
  • Codifies osteopathic medicine’s unique principles and practices within ACGME standards.
  • Fosters the medical community’s ability to speak with a unified voice in advocating for GME issues and student issues, on behalf of today’s medical students.
  • Promotes consistency across all GME programs in terms of training and evaluation of residents, ensuring the continuation and enhancement of world class GME.
  • Furthers national and international expansion of recognition of the DO degree and our contributions to medicine.