Magazine article Medical Economics

Allopathic, Osteopathic Graduate Training Programs to Unity Accreditation

Magazine article Medical Economics

Allopathic, Osteopathic Graduate Training Programs to Unity Accreditation

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STARTING IN 2020, both allopathic and osteopathic graduate medical programs will be accredited under a uniform system.

The American Osteopathic Associations (AOA) House of Delegates voted July 19 to ratify an agreement announced in February between the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to use a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs.

The vote clears the way to begin unifying the accreditation process for allopathic and osteopathic graduate programs.

"The AOA strongly believes the public will benefit from a single standardized system to evaluate the effectiveness of GME [graduate medical education] programs for producing competent physicians',' Robert Juhasz, DO, newly-elected AOA president, said in a statement "The new GME accreditation system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to healthcare in the U.S."

"The osteopathic program has been growing so fast that the number of our residency slots can't keep up with the number of new graduates who need them',' adds Charles Simpson, AOA associate executive director of communications. "Many of our students are going into ACGME programs for their post-graduate training, and that's part of what's driving this."

Craig Wax, DO, a family physician in Mullica Hill, New Jersey and Medical Economics editorial board member, is critical of the agreement, calling it a "desperation move. …

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