American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Educational Stakeholders: Single GME Accreditation System Info

The ACGME began accepting accreditation applications from AOA institutions on April 1, 2015, and from AOA-approved programs on July 1, 2015. It also began accepting Osteopathic Recognition applications on July 1. For more information on the application process, including how to apply for osteopathic recognition, visit the accreditation processes page, or contact the AOA's free single accreditation application assistance program.


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Latest updates:
  • May 2, 2016: AOA launches single accreditation system application assistance program. Learn more.

  • Dec. 22, 2015: Nine ACGME specialty programs have indicated that they will accept AOA PGY1 year for entry into those programs. Read the exact language from the ACGME RCs on this topic. 

  • Dec. 22, 2015: The ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee, responding to community concerns, has decided it will not enforce the 80% certifying board take rate requirement for osteopathic recognition and will seek to formally remove this requirement during the next revision of the Requirements for Osteopathic Recognition. Email any questions regarding Osteopathic Recognition to Tiffany Moss, Executive Director of Osteopathic Accreditation.


Specialty-Specific Information


Osteopathic specialty organizations provide valuable services within and outside of GME, including education, communications, professional networking and advocacy. As we transition to a single GME accreditation system, we expect osteopathic specialty colleges to see many advantages. For example, more physicians (both DO and MD) may be eligible for membership.

Latest updates:
  • The ACGME has produced a series of specialty presentations to assist osteopathic institutional officials, program directors, and program coordinators as they transition to the single accreditation system. View the most up-to-date list

  • 23 ACGME Review Committees (RCs) have announced they will accept AOA certification as a qualification for program directors of osteopathic programs, and not require an ABMS-certified co-program director. This list represents about 97% of osteopathic program directors. One RCs will require co-directors – neurosurgery – accounting for about 40 of AOA’s 1,205 programs. All program directors, whether DO or MD, must meet any other specialty-specific requirements to be approved.

  • If a specialty college evaluating committee (SPEC) member is appointed to an ACGME Review Committee, he or she must step down from the SPEC. Since SPECs have responsibility for evaluating training programs and trainees for AOA approval and making accreditation recommendations, the ACGME’s procedures for managing conflicts of interest prohibit members of SPECs from being members of an ACGME Review Committee. Hence, they must either resign from the SPEC or not accept the position on the ACGME review committee. 


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