Single Accreditation Update

An updated summary table on program director qualifications in the single accreditation system is available online for review. You can find it here.

Osteopathic Recognition Under Single Accreditation

Click below to view the recording of the April 6 webinar recording featuring Robert Cain, DO reviewing the current status of the work of the Osteopathic Principals Committee and Osteopathic Recognition under the single accreditation system.

Osteopathic Recognition Under Single Accreditation webinar

(for most people, this link will open the video in your web browser – if you’d prefer to download the file for viewing later, right-click it and select the “Save link as…” option.)


ACGME Information Page

Timeline for AOA Programs to Apply for ACGME Accreditation

Application Process

Specialty and Subspecialty Eligibility Requirements

Glossary of Terms

Future Educational Programs


November 24, 2014 The AODME is collecting comments on the Osteopathic Recognition and Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine program requirements recently posted to the ACGME web site.  Submitted comments will be reviewed by the AODME Board of Trustees and forwarded to the ACGME.

October 29, 2014 The ACGME has released a proposed focused revision to the “Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine” for review and comment.  Comments are due by December 10, 2014.  Read more.

September 23, 2014 The ACGME has launched a new single accreditation system section of its website, with pages and content created specifically for those from AOA-approved programs interested in learning more about the process of transitioning to ACGME accreditation.   For information about eligibility, timelines, the application process, educational opportunities, and more, please click here.

August 25, 2014 AODME sponsored a Webinar “ACGME Accreditation:  Beginning the Journey” with John Potts, III, MD, Senior Vice President of Surgical Accreditation for ACGME.

View a video of the webinar If you were not registered for the live presentation, you will need to complete a short registration form.   If you experience problems viewing the video, you may need to install the GoToMeeting video codec, which is available here.

Download the Slide Deck

July 31, 2014 The AOA released information for nominations to the ACGME RRCs.  Read the nomination information.

July 19, 2014 AOA House of Delegates approves a resolution supporting the single accreditation system.  Read the Resolution.

July 18, 2014 The AOA Board of Trustees approved a resolution to consider members of AODME and the AODME OPTI Council for nominations to RRCs and other single accreditation workgroups.  Read the resolution.

July 17, 2014 Read AODME’s letter  to the AOA explaining our position with regard to the single accreditation initiative.

July 14, 2014 The AODME submitted a resolution to the AOA Board of Trustees requesting that AODME and AODME OPTI Council members be appointed to the single accreditation RRCs and other related osteopathic committees.  Read the resolution.

May 30, 2014 AODME mailed a survey to its members about the single accreditation initiative in April, prior to the AODME conference and again in May.   Results were as follows:

  • 196 people completed the April survey, 130 in May
  • The breakdown of respondents was about the same in both surveys with about a third identifying as DMEs, a third identifying as DMEs/Program Directors and the remaining third reporting various positions
  •  In May, slightly more people reported being somewhat or very knowledgeable about the subject than in April
  •  26% of respondents on the May survey reported changing their opinion between the two surveys
  • In April, 44.9% of respondents indicated support or strong support of single accreditation and 36.7% of respondents chose oppose or strongly oppose.
  • In May, 38% of respondents indicated support or strong support of single accreditation and 47.3% of respondents chose oppose or strongly oppose.

See results of the two AODME member surveys

May 19, 2014 The executive Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) released an open letter in response to Dr. Gevitz’s paper presented at the AODME conference in Santa Fe.  Read the AACOM response.

May 13, 2014  K. Galluzzi, DO and Kieran Knapp, DO submitted an OP-Ed article commenting on information presented at the AODME annual conference in Santa Fe.  Read their article.

May 4, 2014  AOA hosted a meeting in Chicago where they presented the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  A summary of the key points of the document was distributed.  Read the MOU Summary.

April 23, 2014  Dr. Norman Gevitz presented a paper, “The Unintended Consequences of the ACGME Merger” at the AODME annual conference in Santa Fe.   Read Dr. Gevitz’s paper. 

March 25, 2014  AOA President Norman E. Vinn, DO, issued an open letter to the DO Community.  Read more.

March 13, 2014   ACGME CEO Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP issued a Letter to the Community.  Read more.

March 3, 2014  The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), held a town hall for directors of medical education and program directors to provide more information and answer any questions on the single GME accreditation system.

Download a copy of the presentation slide deck

Download a Copy of the meeting transcript

Click below to listen to a recording of the town hall discussion:

February 26, 2014  AOA President Norman Vinn, DO, sent an email to all AOA members today announcing an agreement with ACGME on a single GME accreditation system. Dr. Vinn notes, “As I stated in our joint press release issued today, a single GME accreditation system ensures that all physicians have access to the primary and sub-specialty training they need for the patients they want to serve. For the osteopathic medical profession, the system recognizes the unique principles and practices of DOs and our contribution to the health and well-being of all Americans. While there is still much to determine over the coming months as far as processes, I am sure many of you have questions. Please visit for more information.”

Stephen Shannon, DO, President of AACOM:
An Open Letter to AODME Members on ACGME Announcement

I want to inform you that a final agreement has been reached by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), which establishes a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs in the U.S.
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Accreditation Information

American Osteopathic Association FAQs

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic  Medicine FAQs

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education website



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