The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine are now joined under a unified accreditation system.

In a commitment to create a unified system designed to prepare future generations of doctors, the Accreditation Council for  Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) are now under a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs in the U.S., according to a recent announcement.

“The commitment to a single accreditation system comes at a watershed moment for medical education in the U.S.,” said Thomas  Nasca, MD, MACP, chief executive officer of the ACGME. “As we move forward into the Next Accreditation System, this uniform path of preparation for practice ensures that the evaluation of and accountability for the competency of all resident physicians – MDs and DOs – will be consistent across all programs.” Nasca added, “A single accreditation system provides the opportunity to  introduce and consistently evaluate new physician competencies that are needed to meet patient needs and the health care delivery challenges facing the U.S. over the next decade.”

As it stands right now, the ACGME and AOA have separate accreditation systems for MD and DO educational programs, But now, under the unified system, graduates of MD and DO medical schools can complete their residency and/or fellowship programs in ACGME-accredited programs. “A single system standardizes the approach to GME accreditation, and ensures that all physicians have access to the primary and sub-specialty training necessary to serve patients,” said AOA President Norman E. Vinn, DO.  “Importantly, the system recognizes the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to the health of all Americans.”