JAOA/AACOM Medical Education  |   April 2018
Single Accreditation System Update: A Year of Progress
Author Notes
  • From the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (Dr Buser) and the Department of Education at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in Chicago, Illinois (Mr Swartwout, Ms Biszewski, and Ms Lischka). Dr Buser is the immediate past president of the AOA. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to the AOA Department of Education, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-2864. Email: singleGME@osteopathic.org
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Graduate Medical Education
JAOA/AACOM Medical Education   |   April 2018
Single Accreditation System Update: A Year of Progress
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2018, Vol. 118, 264-268. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.051
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, April 2018, Vol. 118, 264-268. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.051
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Abstract

In 2014, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) agreed to establish a new, single accreditation system for graduate medical education in the United States. The 5-year transition period, from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2020, gives AOA training programs time to apply for and receive ACGME accreditation before the AOA ceases its postdoctoral accreditation functions. This article discusses policies to protect osteopathic residents during training, addresses program size, reviews progress at the midpoint of the 5-year transition, and looks at next steps in the establishment of the single accreditation system.

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