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The Future of Physician Training
On July 1, 2015, the osteopathic medical profession began the transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME).
When fully implemented in 2020, the new system will allow DO and MD graduates to choose osteopathic or allopathic residencies for postdoctoral training.
Through osteopathic-focused residency programs, the single accreditation system recognizes the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and makes that training accessible to all physicians.
In 2015, the first AOA-accredited programs began the transition to ACGME accreditation. A number of ACGME residency programs have applied for osteopathic recognition, widening the reach of osteopathic training and ensuring DOs and MDs continue to train side by side.
Source: AOA Physician Masterfile, May 31, 2015.
AACOM Fall 2015 preliminary enrollment report