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
July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020 is an extended transition period for
AOA-accredited programs to apply for and receive ACGME recognition and
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
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.