The ACGME began accepting accreditation applications from AOA institutions on April 1, 2015, and from AOA-approved programs on July 1, 2015. In addition, the ACGME began accepting applications for Osteopathic Recognition from both AOA-approved programs with pre-accreditation status and currently-ACGME-accredited programs on July 1.
The ACGME has made a strong commitment to the timely review of these applications and encourages programs to apply early in order to allow sufficient opportunity to achieve ACGME Initial Accreditation. As part of that commitment, the ACGME aims to provide an accreditation decision on each program application no later than one year from receipt of the application. For example, an application received by Sept. 30, 2015, would be reviewed, with the goal of communicating a decision by Oct. 1, 2016.
Please note that the Sept. 30, 2015 date is provided as an example only, and is not a deadline for receipt of program applications. As stated in the Memorandum of Understanding among the ACGME, AOA, and AACOM, applications must be submitted in time to allow AOA-approved programs to achieve ACGME Initial Accreditation before the AOA ceases accreditation activities on June 30, 2020.
Who to Contact
Programs needing help with the process are encouraged to contact the applicable ACGME Review Committee Executive Director as frequently as needed before submitting their applications.
ACGME Review/Recognition Committee Executive Director Contact Information
Pathways to ACGME Accreditation for AOA-Approved Programs (Posted December 3, 2014)