During its annual meeting July 19 in Chicago, the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates voted to endorse the AOA’s decision to pursue a new, single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) in the United States. This is important news that marks a milestone for the future of osteopathic medicine and for graduates of our College of Osteopathic Medicine.
When fully implemented in July 2020, the new system will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and to demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies.
The historic vote by the AOA’s House of Delegates, which represents approximately 104,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students, comes after an announcement in February that the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the AOA and the ACGME had reached an agreement to work together to prepare future generations of physicians.
This can be viewed as a win for the public, as well as for graduates in training. All will benefit from a single, standardized system to evaluate the effectiveness of GME programs for producing competent physicians. The new GME accreditation system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to health care n the United States through osteopathic-focused residency programs.
Although there is much to be done to effectively usher in this new accreditation process, the opportunities this will present to our graduates will be limitless.
Read the statement released by the AOA. Read the statement released by the ACGME.