The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recently updated its common program requirements to specify that program directors are required to have either AOA board certification or certification from the American Board of Medical Specialties.
The ACGME’s new common program requirements become effective on July 1, 2019. All ACGME residency and fellowship programs in all specialties and subspecialties are required to adhere to ACGME’s common program requirements.
All of ACGME’s 29 residency review committees are now accepting program directors with AOA board certification, an important milestone in the transition to a single GME accreditation system, notes AOA Past President Karen J. Nichols, DO.
“Having AOA board certification accepted as one of the two certification systems that qualify a physician for appointment as a program director in an ACGME-accredited residency is a major step in recognizing the quality of the osteopathic educational approach,” says Dr. Nichols, an ACGME board member who serves on the organization’s executive and governance committees.
ACGME’s full updated common program requirements are available