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AOA works to advance understanding of student parity issues

AOA leaders discuss student parity issues with ACGME, medical licensing board staff and GME program staff.

Helping to ensure a successful future for all DOs and osteopathic medical students is a critical cornerstone of our mission at the AOA. Although 99.5% of DO seniors seeking GME placed into residency programs in 2023, we recognize that members of the profession still occasionally face barriers that threaten access to training opportunities.

On behalf of all DO graduates, the AOA works continuously to raise awareness and understanding of student parity issues among program directors and other GME stakeholders.

The following list highlights recent efforts in this area:

  • In March, the AOA partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) to discuss student parity issues during a session at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) annual conference.
  • AOA leaders presented to medical licensing board staff on osteopathic medical education as part of a program developed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and Administrators in Medicine (AIM).
  • On an ongoing basis, AOA leaders and representatives discuss GME equity during visits to GME training institutions, conferences and meetings throughout the year.

Read more about these efforts in our latest Student Parity Advocacy Update.

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