Residency

New requirements, new effective date

Residency Program Insider, November 15, 2013

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Changes to the ACGME’s Common Program Requirements, which affect eligibility requirements for residency and fellowship programs, won’t go into effect until July 1, 2016.

The ACGME recently posted the new effective date for the revised Common Program Requirements on its website. Previously, the requirements were set to take effect July 1, 2015.

Under the revisions, candidates must complete all prerequisite post-graduate clinical education at a program accredited by the ACGME, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the College of Family Physicians of Canada, to enter or transfer to an ACGME-accredited program.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has opposed the new requirements, which make it difficult for residents in osteopathic training programs to transfer into ACGME-accredited programs. However, the AOA called revisions that allow graduates of AOA-accredited programs to enter ACGME-accredited fellowships a “positive note.”



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