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If your program plans to accept new trainees who will graduate after June 30, 2020, these are the processes you'll need to follow.
As part of the transition to the single graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system, AOA-accredited programs must follow certain policies, such as meeting specified application deadlines in order to continue to accept new trainees whose graduation date falls after June 30, 2020. These policies and deadlines are outlined in Section X of the AOA’s basic documents for postdoctoral training.
The AOA’s Single Accreditation System (SAS) Application Assistance Program is available to help graduate medical education programs throughout the ACGME application process. The program offers guidance in completing an application with access to AOA staff experts and professional consultants who are familiar with the single accreditation program.
On March 1, 2018, the AOA Board of Trustees approved revisions to Section X of the AOA Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training. To summarize:
The Section X revisions also require that programs that have received Continued Pre-Accreditation twice from an ACGME Review Committee utilize the AOA’s Application Assistance Program. The revisions also refine the process for programs that have not achieved ACGME accreditation by July 1, 2019.
If a program does not meet its Section X deadline, it will not be permitted in the subsequent AOA Match. If the program applies for ACGME accreditation after its Section X deadline, programs may contract with trainees, following the below process:
Any program that has not submitted an ACGME application, but accepts new trainees after the Section X deadline date, is subject to immediate review of its AOA accreditation by the Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC) with possible sanctions up to and including loss of accreditation.
All of the program’s trainees and any trainees extended a contract must be notified of the program’s AOA accreditation status by the program director, with documentation of notification provided to the PTRC.
New residency applications will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances as determined by the specialty college evaluating committee. Programs are encouraged to apply directly to ACGME and seek Osteopathic Recognition.
Postponement of a program’s scheduled AOA on-site review (Inspection) is available for:
The ACGME application process only allows subspecialty/fellowship programs to submit an accreditation application if their core residency program has achieved initial accreditation. The fellowship can complete the application, but the ACGME application system will not allow the application to be “submitted.” To address this issue, the PTRC approved the following waiver process for fellowships in this situation.
AOA emergency medicine programs that achieve ACGME accreditation as 3-year programs may not participate in the AOA Match unless the program achieves ACGME accreditation during the Match cycle.
In this webinar, emergency medicine residency program directors learned how to navigate the transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education and why applying for osteopathic recognition is beneficial.