Medical Education  |   October 2016
Requirements for Certification in Surgery: A Comparison of the American Board of Surgery and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
Author Notes
  • From the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth (Dr Termuhlen); the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth (Dr O-Yurvati); and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (Dr Stella). 
  • Financial Disclosures: Dr O-Yurvati is the executive director of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Paula M. Termuhlen, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1045 University Dr, DMED 117, Duluth, MN 55812-3011. E-mail: ptermuhl@d.umn.edu
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Professional Issues / Graduate Medical Education
Medical Education   |   October 2016
Requirements for Certification in Surgery: A Comparison of the American Board of Surgery and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 676-682. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.132
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2016, Vol. 116, 676-682. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.132
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Abstract

In early 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine agreed to a memorandum of understanding describing a single accreditation system for graduate medical education in the United States. Although there are many benefits, such as consistent quality of graduate medical education, alignment of competency standards, alignment with policymakers’ expectations, unification of voices on graduate medical education access and funding issues, and visibility of osteopathic medicine, there are also many challenges in creating a uniform system of graduate medical education. The authors review the pathways to initial certification for both the American Board of Surgery and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and discuss recertification and maintenance of certification.

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