With five weeks to go until the AOA House of Delegates, AOA board and staff leadership continue our work to build member awareness and understanding of the new single GME accreditation system. We are seeing increased support of the initiative. State and specialty society leaders are gaining a full understanding that this is the beginning of a process, not an end-point from which there is no return. We are attending meetings, joining calls, and sharing correspondence with leaders of state and specialty organizations, our members and students.
To date, 20 state affiliates have passed resolutions in support of the new single GME accreditation system: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. The following specialty affiliates have also shared their support: the American Academy of Osteopathy, the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists, the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, as well as the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners. Many organizations and individuals continue to send letters of support as well.
Leaders of the AOA, AACOM and ACGME continue to meet. On May 29, the Joint Leadership Task Force met to discuss the process and timeline for committee nominations, development of standards, data sharing, education, and staff recruitment. In addition, a committee of clinical and education leaders of the AOA, AACOM and ACGME have been meeting to discuss educating OGME institutions and programs on the new accreditation process. The plan is to build education forums into already-scheduled meetings beginning in July 2014.
Following are summaries of key outcomes from these meetings:
- AOA-accredited programs may apply for accreditation beginning July 1, 2015, which will give them “pre-accreditation” status.
- Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTIs) and other institutions may begin to apply for accreditation as early as April 2015.
- We have asked the AOA Council on Postdoctoral Training to develop draft standards to submit to the new Osteopathic Principles Committee this fall.
- The AOA and AACOM will both have directors appointed to the ACGME’s Board of Directors, and the nominees will be submitted by July 2014.
- Our nomination process for the Residency Review Committees (RRCs) will be open in July 2014, with nominees submitted by September 2014.
- The ACGME is recruiting an AOA board-certified DO to serve as Senior Vice President, responsible for osteopathic graduate medical accreditation in the new system. Details are posted online.
- The AOA continues to monitor activities within the current ACGME system as we transition to the new accreditation system. As we become aware of changes or concerns with existing or proposed standards, we are working in partnership with the ACGME and our specialty colleges to address each one.
AOA President-elect Robert Juhasz, DO, and AACOM Board of Deans Chair Kenneth Veit, DO, participated in an ACGME orientation this week, and they will present to the full ACGME Board of Directors this Sunday. Their presentation, entitled “Who We Are, What We Do, and Why It Matters,” provides an overview of the osteopathic medical profession and our approach to training.
We’re making significant progress building the new single GME accreditation system. We will continue to provide updates on activities as they become available.
Your AOA leaders are here to support you and proudly advocate for the interest of the osteopathic medical profession. If you have any questions regarding the new single GME accreditation system, please feel free to contact us at singleGME@osteopathic.org. Thank you.
Norman E. Vinn, DO