SAS Student Central:
A Guide to the Single GME Accreditation System (SAS)

In early 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) approved an agreement to transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) by July 2020. See Student Primer

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Tracking the Transition


SAS Accreditation Applicants:
Programs by Specialty  |  Institutions/Sponsors

Programs with osteopathic recognition
or applications pending review​


Transition information for each program 
including status of ACGME accreditation and osteopathic recognition applications.

AOA Program Accreditation Deadlines Chart
To protect residents and encourage programs to enter the ACGME accreditation process, the AOA has developed standards and set deadlines for AOA-accredited programs to apply for ACGME accreditation in order to recruit residents. 

  • If residents/fellows are interested in a program with pre-accreditation status, do they enter the NRMP match or the NMS match?

  • How will the residency match process change during the transition?

Osteopathic Accreditation

Osteopathic Recognition and Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM)

Nov 2015 Single GME webinarStudent Webinar: 
Single GME Accreditation System & Osteopathic Recognition

OR-survey-120pxSurvey Results: 
Appeal of ACGME-accredited Programs with Osteopathic Recognition among Third Year Osteopathic Medical Students Osteopathic Recognition

ACGME Osteopathic Recognition web page

ACGME ONMM web page

Osteopathic Accreditation FAQs

  • Will the COMLEX-USA be considered equivalent to meet criteria for admission into the single GME programs?

  • How will the COMLEX exam play into the application process for GME? Will the osteopathic-focused programs still require the COMLEX score?

  • Under the single accreditation system, will all ACGME residencies be required to accept COMLEX-USA?

  • Many students take both the USMLE and the COMLEX-USA in order to have an option in applying to programs. Which exam should we be taking?

  • Must candidates pass USMLE examinations in order to be eligible to apply to ACGME-accredited subspecialty (fellowship) programs?


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