The ACGME, Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are in the process of implementing a single GME accreditation system by the year 2020 in order to:
- Provide high-quality uniform graduate medical education accreditation that enhances opportunities for residents/fellows and provides transparency to the federal government, licensing boards, US and international credentialing committees, and most importantly the public.
- Increase collaboration among the medical education community to address the challenges facing graduate medical education for the benefit of all medical residents and fellows, and for the benefit of their patients.
- Reduce costs and increase efficiencies by eliminating duplicative accreditation costs and reporting.
- Eliminate need for programs to choose either an allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) accreditation pathway, or face undue burden to be dually accredited by the ACGME and AOA.
- Provide consistency across all residency/fellowship programs in evaluation methods and accountability standards, using specialty-specific Milestones for assessing the competency of residents/fellows graduating from all US graduate medical education programs.
- Offer all US medical school graduates a uniform graduate medical education pathway, allowing them to seek admission into any residency and fellowship program.
- Preserve and protect osteopathic medical education in essential dimensions of the osteopathic tradition, including through AOA board certification, accreditation of colleges of osteopathic medicine, and osteopathic licensing examinations.
- Increase opportunities for osteopathic graduate medical education and recognition for all ACGME-accredited programs. Provide education in Osteopathic Principles and Practice to all allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical school graduates; programs can receive designation for their osteopathic curricula through ACGME Osteopathic Recognition.