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Resident Physicians & Single GME

No resident physician left behind

What does single GME mean for DO resident physicians?

The AOA remains committed to protecting training pathways for osteopathic resident physicians as programs transition to ACGME accreditation.

With the transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME), all residency programs will need to be ACGME-accredited by June 2020. As the AOA guides residency programs through the process, it’s critical to know that as a resident physician, you’re protected throughout the transition.

If your residency program does not to achieve ACGME accreditation by June 2020 and you still have residency training ahead of you, you’ll be able to complete AOA-accredited training and advance to AOA board eligibility. That’s due to an agreement between the AOA, the ACGME, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) that gives the AOA restricted authority to extend the AOA accreditation date to allow any remaining resident physicians to finish training in an accredited program. In some cases, resident physicians whose programs do not achieve ACGME accreditation by June 2020 may be able to transfer to another accredited program.

Osteopathic recognition

As a recent graduate of osteopathic medical school, you are uniquely positioned to understand the importance of incorporating osteopathic principles and practice into your education. ACGME-accredited programs can now apply for Osteopathic Recognition, a designation for programs who commit to teach and assess osteopathic principles and practice at the GME level. Learn more about the value of Osteopathic Recognition and talk to your program director or DO faculty today!

Board certification eligibility

All resident physicians who’ve completed an AOA- or ACGME-accredited residency program are eligible for AOA board certification. AOA board certification is an important quality marker for patients that highlights your commitment to the uniquely osteopathic approach to patient care and allows you to engage in continuous professional development throughout your career. Learn more about AOA board certification.

If you’re pursuing certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the requirements are slightly different. The ABMS requires candidates’ residency programs to have been ACGME-accredited for specified amount of time, such as three years. Requirements vary by specialty. You can learn more in this comparison of requirements for AOA vs. ABMS board certification.

Webinar: Single GME Update and Osteopathic Board Certification

Feb. 20, 2018: This webinar features the latest on the single GME accreditation system, including where AOA programs are in the transition, AOA board certification eligibility, osteopathic recognition, AOA fellowship eligibility, and the AOA’s commitment to protecting residents during the transition. To learn more, view slides from the webinar or from the Q&A session.

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