A single GME accreditation system: Ensuring quality training for physicians, improved healthcare for the public
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), entered into an agreement in February to transform the accreditation of graduate medical education programs in the United States. The agreement was the product of two years of intensive discussions by a joint task force created in response to proposed changes in the ACGME Common Program Requirements. These changes would have restricted DO graduates in AOA-accredited GME programs from entering ACGME residencies and subspecialty fellowships.
In a related matter, both the American Academy of Osteopathy’s Board of Trustees and its Board of Governors commended the AOA and the AACOM for negotiating the agreement. The Academy informed the AOA and AACOM of the provisions of the agreement the AAO supports, and the Academy outlined six additional measures it would like the AOA, AACOM and the ACGME to adopt.