One accreditation system for GME

Residency Program Insider, February 28, 2014

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The ACGME, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announced Wednesday they had reached an agreement on a unified accreditation system for GME.

Under the single accreditation system, the AOA and AACOM would become member organizations of the ACGME and nominate members to the AGME’s board of directors, according to a press release issued by the three organizations. Two osteopathic review committees will also be established under the ACGME.

Leaders from the AOA, AACOM, and ACGME have discussed a unified system since 2012, but failed to reach an agreement before the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System was implemented in July 2013.

"The commitment to a single accreditation system comes at a watershed moment for medical education in the U.S.," ACGME CEO Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP, said in a statement.

A single accreditation system will allow graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete training in ACGME-accredited residency programs, an issue that became divisive after the ACGME proposed changes to its Common Program Requirements in recent years.

“We feel that this approach to GME accreditation not only streamlines but strengthens the postdoctoral education process,” Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, president of AACOM said in a statement.

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