American Osteopathic Association

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Single GME: Guidance for Training Programs Lasting Four Years or Longer

In July 2015, the AOA, AACOM, and ACGME began the five-year transition to a single GME accreditation system. The transition period ends on June 30, 2020. We expect that some residents’ training will go beyond that date. To minimize the number of trainees in this situation, training programs may not accept new trainees if their training would be completed after June 30, 2020, unless those training programs have submitted an application for ACGME accreditation. 

AOA policy states that programs four years or longer in length must apply for ACGME accreditation by Jan. 1, 2017 or be ineligible to accept new trainees in the 2017 AOA Match (see Section X of the AOA Basic Documents). The AOA Board of Trustees Executive Committee has modified that policy. The new policy allows programs that missed the Jan. 1 deadline to participate in the 2017 Post-Match scramble as long as those programs have submitted an ACGME application before they contract with residents. 

Contracting after the Deadline

Specifically, if they missed the Jan. 1, 2017 deadline, programs four years or longer may contract with residents under the following conditions:

Any Out-of-Match or Post-Match issuance of a contract after the deadline date (see Section X of the AOA Basic Documents) must be reported to and approved by the program’s OPTI Chief Academic Officer (CAO).

  • The OPTI CAO will monitor every one of the OPTI programs’ ACGME application status.

  • No contract approval shall be granted by an OPTI CAO without documenting prior ACGME accreditation application submission and pre-accreditation status.

  • In the event that a program submits an ACGME application and is granted pre-accreditation status after the Jan. 1 deadline, the OPTI CAO may approve a contract to be issued only after the AOA Match, NRMP Match and NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program have concluded for that year.

Following the 2017 AOA Match, the AOA will send each OPTI their program’s ACGME accreditation status to aid them in this process. The AOA will report to the OPTI any four-year-plus program that receives ACGME pre-accreditation after Jan. 1, 2017.

Programs that have not submitted an ACGME application, but accept students after the deadline date, are subject to immediate review of its AOA accreditation by PTRC with possible sanctions up to and including loss of accreditation.

  • At the time of discovery, Opportunities will be updated that the program accreditation is under review.

  • All trainees in the program will be notified of the program’s AOA accreditation status by the program director, with documentation of notification provided to the PTRC.

For additional information, contact the AOA Single Accreditation System team at (312) 202-8272 or  

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