Paula M. Termuhlen, Albert H. O-Yurvati, Joseph J. Stella. Requirements for Certification in Surgery: A Comparison of the American Board of Surgery and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2016;116(10):676–682. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2016.132.
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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.
This Medical Education section represents a new collaboration between the JAOA and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) to recruit, peer review, edit, and distribute articles through the JAOA on osteopathic medical education research and other scholarly issues related to medical education.
Keywords: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Medical Specialties, American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, Board Certification
a Maintenance of certification (MOC) documentation, submitted every 3 years, includes professional standing, lifelong learning and self-assessment, cognitive expertise, and evidence of participation in professional practice-improvement registries.
b Osteopathic continuous certification (OCC) documentation, submitted every 3 years, includes licensure, evidence of lifelong learning, cognitive assessment, practice performance assessment, and American Osteopathic Association membership.
Abbreviations: ACLS, advanced cardiac life support; ATLS, advanced trauma life support; CE, Certifying Examination; FES, fundamentals of endoscopy; FLS, fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery; OGME-1R, osteopathic graduate medical education first-year residency; PGY, postgraduate year; QE, Qualifying Examination; TA, teaching assistant.
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