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. 

The quarterly Postgraduate Update publication highlights the latest updates in the transition to a single graduate medical education accreditation system and other AOA education issues. Read the archive of Postgraduate Update alerts here 

Important Updates: Protections for Residents

The AOA, ACGME and AACOM reached an agreement to protect residents as part of the transition to the single GME accreditation system. The three organizations recognize there may be unique circumstances whereby some residency programs make a good faith effort to achieve ACGME accreditation, but still haven’t transitioned successfully to ACGME accreditation by the deadline of June 30, 2020. The agreement will give the AOA restricted authority to extend the AOA accreditation date to allow any remaining resident in such programs to complete training in an accredited program. If you have questions about the agreement, please contact


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