American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

The Single GME Accreditation System


Common Program Requirements​ Available for Comment

Feb. 21, 2018: The propose​d revisions to the ACGME common program requirements are available for comment. There are numerous proposed changes, including the formal recognition of American Osteopathic Board Certification as an appropriate credential for program directors and faculty. Other notable revisions include:

  • A requirement for program directors to give residents information on relevant specialty board examination(s), and

  • Acceptance of AOA training for entry into fellowship training.

Please make your voice heard by commenting on the proposed changes.  The deadline for comments is March 22, 2018.  Please share your comments with the AOA by copying them to     

​Road to Single GME Accreditation​

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are currently transitioning to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education in the U.S. 

When fully implemented in July 2020, the new system will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies. 

Through osteopathic-focused residency programs, the new system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to health care.

Watch this webinar to learn more about the latest progress of AOA programs in the transition, AOA board certification eligibility, osteopathic recognition, AOA fellowship eligibility, and the AOA’s commitment to protecting residents during the transition.

Information For Members

The AOA remains dedicated to helping its members navigate the transition as it progresses. View detailed updates on accreditation processes and the latest information for students & residents and educational stakeholders.

For more information, the ACGME has updated its online Single GME Accreditation System section to provide greater ease of access to news items, important updates and critical resources to osteopathic programs pursuing ACGME accreditation.

View the Board Certification Chart to learn more about AOA and ABMS training eligibility requirements for specialty certification during the five-year transition period to a single GME accreditation system. The AOA provides a pathway for osteopathic physicians (be they AOA or ACGME trained) to sit for AOA board examinations in the areas for which it certifies. For AOA programs that achieve ACGME accreditation during the transition, all current osteopathic residents will receive AOA approval following completion of training, which will satisfy the AOA board training eligibility requirements.

During the transition, the ABMS boards will offer certification to osteopathic physicians under specific circumstances (summarized in the chart). Individuals seeking ABMS certification should monitor relevant ABMS board websites for any changes in policy. Note that the rules for entering advanced ACGME training are established by the ACGME. Those rules may allow a trainee to enter advanced ACGME training, but do not guarantee the trainee would be eligible to sit for the ABMS board examination.


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