Time for a single accreditation system

Residency Program Insider, June 27, 2014

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New details are available about the transition to a single accreditation system under the ACGME.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) released a timeline for the transition in advance of its House of Delegates meeting, which will be held July 18-20 in Chicago.
According to the timeline, the ACGME will begin recruiting a senior vice president and support staff for osteopathic GME this year.  Osteopathic representatives are expected join the ACGME’s Board of Directors and form new osteopathic committees by the end of the year.
Next year, osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions, consortiums that include colleges of osteopathic medicine and institutions where physicians train, and other institutions can apply for ACGME accreditation beginning in April.  AOA-accredited residency programs can apply for accreditation starting in July 2015.
Some osteopathic medical educators have expressed concerns about a single accreditation system.  In a June 13 letter to the osteopathic community, AOA President Norman E. Vinn, DO, wrote that the move to a single system is gaining acceptance.  Twenty state AOA affiliates and several osteopathic specialty associations have endorsed the change, according to Vinn.
“State and specialty society leaders are gaining a full understanding that this is the beginning of a process, not an end-point from which there is no return,” Vinn wrote.  
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