ACGME Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Single GME Accreditation System
On February 26, 2014, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) announced their agreement to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a single graduate medical education accreditation system in the United States. The single accreditation system allows graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies.
The ACGME and AOA have created and will continue to create elements of operations and infrastructure to ensure a smooth transition to the single system. AOA-approved programs and Sponsoring Institutions can now apply for ACGME accreditation, and must achieve ACGME Initial Accreditation by June 30, 2020, the conclusion of the agreement and the date the AOA will cease accreditation activities.