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Flying a flag for a single accreditation system

Residency Program Insider, July 11, 2014

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More than 40 organizations have announced their support for a single accreditation system for GME, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) announced on its website this week.
 
The association posted a banner on its site emblazoned with the logos of the associations endorsing a single accreditation system in anticipation of its annual House of Delegates meeting later this month. Supporters featured on the banner include large national organizations, such as the American Medical Association, and state associations, such as the Ohio Osteopathic Association.
 
In February, the AOA announced that it would merge its accreditation function with the ACGME, requiring all osteopathic training programs to become accredited by the ACGME by 2020.
 
The AOA has received blowback from some members of the osteopathic community, who are concerned about losing the distinctiveness of osteopathic training or requirements for program directors to meet ACGME’s certification requirements to remain in their roles.  
 
On its website, the association states that support is growing for the single accreditation system and that it expects to ratify its first two ACGME board members in September.

 



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