With 20 months remaining in the transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education, 72% of all eligible AOA residency programs have now received or applied for ACGME accreditation.
Of the AOA residency positions that were filled when the transition began in July 2015, 6,611 of those slots are now in ACGME-accredited programs.
Currently, 893 of the original 1,244 AOA residency programs eligible for transition on June 1, 2015, have received ACGME accreditation or have submitted applications for accreditation.
Specialties near completion
In a recent update to the AOA Program and Trainee Review Council, AOA Past President Boyd Buser, DO, noted that 57 AOA programs received initial ACGME accreditation during the fall 2018 review committee meetings, including 16 family medicine programs, 15 internal medicine programs, five orthopedic surgery programs and eight general surgery programs.
“We had exceptional outcomes in October, particularly for our surgical programs. At this point, only 125 AOA programs remain in pre-accreditation or continued pre-accreditation, and we are optimistic that a number of them will receive initial accreditation during the next round of review committee meetings,” Dr. Buser said.
The transition is complete for two specialties, pediatrics and anesthesiology, and others are almost complete, including internal medicine, diagnostic radiology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, ob-gyn and urological surgery.
The AOA Program and Trainee Review Council is considering which programs will be allowed to participate in the final (2019) AOA Match. Rank order lists for the AOA Match will be accepted from Jan. 8-18, 2019.
Only programs that have a good chance to achieve ACGME accreditation will be allowed to participate in the final AOA Match, said Dr. Buser, who added that agreements are in place to protect residents currently training in AOA-accredited programs.
“AOA will continue to accredit its programs until the last resident graduates. No student need worry that they will be unable to finish their residency due to accreditation issues because safeguards are in place to protect them throughout this process.”
Applicants can begin submitting their rank order lists to the NRMP Match on Jan. 15, 2019.