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ACGME and AOA & AACOM Announce Single GME Accreditation System

Monday, March 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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On Wednesday, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announced they have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S. After months of discussion, the allopathic and osteopathic medical communities “have committed to work together to prepare future generations of physicians with the highest quality GME, ultimately helping to ensure the quality and safety of health care delivery.” According to the organizations, under the single accreditation system:
AOA and AACOM will become ACGME member organizations and will nominate members to the ACGME Board of Directors.

  • Two new osteopathic Review Committees will be created to evaluate and set standards for the osteopathic aspects of GME programs seeking osteopathic recognition. 
  • July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020 is an extended transition period for AOA-accredited programs to apply for and receive ACGME recognition and accreditation. 
  • Opportunity is created for MD and DO graduates who have met the prerequisite competencies to access any GME program or transfer from one accredited program to another without being required to repeat education. 
  • Efficiencies are realized since there is no need for institutions to sponsor “dually accredited” or “parallel accredited” allopathic and osteopathic medical residency programs. 
  • A conference call has been scheduled with the leaders of the ACGME, AOA and AACOM to discuss the agreement on Thursday, February 27, at 9 a.m. EST/8 a.m. CST.

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