Graduate medical education DO representation on ACGME board expands in final year of transition to a single GME system AOA training and certification are fully recognized credentials for those serving as ACGME program directors and faculty and for DOs entering ACGME-accredited fellowships. Aug. 14, 2019Wednesday AOA Staff Contact AOA Staff Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Topics single GME accreditation Osteopathic representation on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors and its review committees continues to expand, its CEO recently told the AOA House of Delegates. “Osteopathic tradition is now codified in the ACGME, and its principles and practices are woven into the fabric of the organization,” said ACGME CEO Thomas Nasca, MD. “We have committed to incorporation of leadership from the osteopathic community, equal in numbers per organization to any other of our member organizations.” ACGME bylaws were amended to include eight AOA and AACOM-nominated members on the ACGME Board of Directors in 2020. Currently, 67 DOs serve in ACGME leadership positions. Six DOs serve on its Board of Directors, with two sitting on its executive committee. Among the 67 DOs in leadership, four chair review committees and four serve as vice chairs, Dr. Nasca noted. The number of DOs in ACGME-accredited residency positions has doubled over the past four years, hitting 21,927 in 2019, Dr. Nasca said. Number of ACGME programs, positions grows Osteopathic graduates entering pipeline programs—defined as residencies that lead to initial certification—rose from 2,153 in academic year 2008-09 to 5,965 during the 2019 Match. Over the same 10-year period, ACGME pipeline programs increased 28%, with 32,603 pipeline positions participating in the most recent NRMP Match. In addition to increasing the number of pipeline programs, growing the number of residencies with osteopathic recognition is a priority. More than 200 programs currently have osteopathic recognition. Of them, 15% were historically ACGME-accredited programs. “The programs do it because they believe osteopathic recognition will give them a better ability to recruit the kind of residents that they believe will successful in their programs, and that’s our DO graduates,” AOA Past President Boyd Buser, DO, liaison to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, told the House of Delegates. “We expect that number to continue to rise over the next three to four years, as people become comfortable with and understand the nature of the systems and the processes for achieving osteopathic recognition,” Dr. Nasca explained. Transition by the numbers 85% of all filled AOA-accredited positions in 2015 are now ACGME-accredited 75% of 1,244 AOA programs are ACGME-accredited or pre-accredited 84% of 862 residency programs 57% of 261 fellowships 47% of 121 internships All ACGME-accredited training programs, including fellowships, are now open to physicians who completed residency training in either an AOA-accredited or ACGME-accredited program, according to Dr. Nasca. AOA training and certification are recognized credentials for those who wish to serve as program directors and faculty in ACGME-accredited programs. Related reading: Single GME accreditation and the future of osteopathic medicine Osteopathic training, certification recognized in new ACGME common program requirements More in Training How to develop more clerkships for osteopathic medical students Miko Rose, DO, shares the insider’s tips and tricks that have historically resulted in the most success in securing clerkships for her students. She also shares a few lessons she’s learned along the way. How to stay connected with your loved ones and yourself during medical school We are humans, and we must be fed, watered and nurtured. One of the main things that we need most is to connect and stay connected—with other people and with ourselves. Previous articleNew advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology certification available Next articleWill medical schools start testing for empathy?