From July 2015 to July 2020, the ACGME, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) transitioned to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) in the US. The transition to a single GME accreditation system allows graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies.
Since July 2015, filled post-graduate positions in previously AOA-approved programs grew 22 percent from 8,647 to 10,462 in 2020. In addition, 98 percent of previously-AOA-approved programs that applied for and completed the process for ACGME accreditation have achieved it.
Benefits of the single GME accreditation system include:
The ACGME now serves as the nation’s sole accreditor for both osteopathic and allopathic residencies and fellowships. The osteopathic profession is now fully integrated into the ACGME in terms of its processes, procedures, and governance, and opportunities have been established for expansion of OPP through the distinction of Osteopathic Recognition.
In addition to adding DOs to its Board of Directors and its Review and Recognition Committees, the ACGME established the Osteopathic Recognition Committee and a new Senior Leadership position in its administrative structure focused on osteopathic accreditation. The ACGME also now offers ACGME accreditation for programs in the specialty of osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine.
The ACGME, AOA, and AACOM remain committed to continued collaboration toward the shared goal of improving health care through the advancement of GME across all medical specialties, with a focus on promoting patient safety, learner education, and physician well-being.