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Single GME update: DOs in leadership, more programs obtain accreditation

Get the latest numbers and news on the profession’s transition to a single system of graduate medical education accreditation.


As the profession continues its transition to a single system of graduate medical education, DOs remain highly involved at the leadership level in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

AOA Past President Robert Juhasz, DO, was recently appointed to ACGME’s board of directors as its new AOA representative. In addition, AOA Past President Karen Nichols, DO, and David Forstein, DO, have each been renewed for a second three-year term on the ACGME board, while Richard Pascucci, DO, was appointed to the board as its new American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine representative.

The latest numbers show that an additional 34 AOA residency programs have now achieved initial ACGME accreditation. That means that 58%, or 725 out of 1,244 programs, are now ACGME-accredited or have submitted an application. Another 311 programs are still working on their applications, and an additional 32 programs recently achieved osteopathic recognition (OR), driving the total to 111 programs with OR.

Learn more about the single GME accreditation system.


  1. Dawn Dillinger,DO

    So, really, what this says is that possibly 111 out of 725 programs have achieved recognition. That is a sad number. Guess what? All 725 had been accredited as programs before, already! By the AOA! Plus, not all 111 programs approved for osteopathic recognition are osteopathic programs. Many are allopathic programs. The AOA postulates that this is because they want to recognize us. I, and many others, postulate that it is to increase the number of approved, federally funded spots for warm bodies to take care of patients. Especially since there is still allopathic bias in who can be program director and who can teach in osteopathic recognized programs. This is a systemic campaign to hide the real facts that we are losing more residency spots that had been reserved for osteopathically trained students. But, let the AOA staff writer paint this how they see fit for their agenda.

    1. NB

      Not all formerly AOA programs applied for osteopathic recognition so 111 would be an underestimate of how many AOA programs are now ACGME. On the other hand, this article neglects to mention how many AOA programs have collapsed and no longer take residents, and how many more will continue to, since they do not meet ACGME standards.

  2. HJL

    this is a pretty numerically useless article. How about separating the ones that have completed the accreditation process from those who have submitted the application. For all we know .000001% are initially accredited with 57.999999 or whatever pending approval after submission of the app.

    Students who are thinking of entering the field deserve real numbers, not this indirect skewing of data. Shame on you AOA!

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