Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee (RESC)

The RESC serves as both a final action and an advisory committee, and reports its actions and recommendations to the AOA Program and Trainee Review Committee (PTRC) and to the AOA Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT). The committee is composed of members appointed by the ACOS Board of Governors. Members serving on this committee are appointed for a three year term and are limited to serving three consecutive terms. There is a chair and a vice chair designated for the committee. The committee must include a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, a member of the AOA COPT, and a representative of each ACOS surgical discipline.

The AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Education is recognized by federal and state authorities as the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical education in the United States. Residency training is approved by the AOA through the COPT, a component of the Bureau of Osteopathic Education. The ACOS RESC serves as an advisory body to the AOA's PTRC for individual training and training programs for the specialties of general, general vascular, neurological, plastic and reconstructive, thoracic cardiovascular, surgical critical care, and urological surgery. The RESC has two primary functions: to develop standards which surgical training programs and residents must meet to be approved, and to review and make recommendations to the AOA to assure that residency programs and individual physicians seeking AOA approval have met the training standards. By establishing standards that must be met, AOA and ACOS achieve their major purpose of assuring that programs are of acceptable quality and individuals have been adequately trained.

The approval process for surgical residency training and programs is a public trust and its purposes are many. These include assuring:

  • students who are selecting among training programs that the osteopathic programs have the necessary scope and meet AOA and ACOS standards established for education and training in surgery;
  • residents in training programs, who are the consumers of the educational process, that they are receiving education and training that is of high quality;
  • trainers, other educational faculty and staff, who are jointly responsible for the educational process, that the enterprise in which they are engaged is of high quality;
  • governing boards and administrators of training institutions, that their sponsored programs meet acceptable national standards;
  • certifying boards, that the standards they require are being met by individual programs;
  • funding agencies, that the educational programs meet national standards and merit support, and
  • the public, that residents are provided education and training of high quality in programs that are well supervised by competent teaching staffs.


Approval of Resident's Training

Osteopathic residents are required to submit an annual resident report within 30 days of completion of their contract year to the ACOS Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee (RESC) for review and approval. NOTE: Annual reports will not be reviewed out of sequence.

Annual resident reports are due 30 days prior to the completion of the contract year. Residents should contact their program director and director of medical education to confirm that the required forms have been completed and submitted.

  • Residents not submitting the appropriate forms within thirty (30) days upon completion of training year will be required to pay a $250 late fee before training will be approved.
The resident's training will not be reviewed by the RESC unless all components of the annual report have been submitted. The annual report consists of the following components:
  • Program Director’s Annual Resident Evaluation Report for Surgery;
  • Resident’s Annual Evaluation Report of the Program Director;
  • Checklist for the Original Scientific Research Paper Requirements
  • Scientific research project
  • Segregated totals on the AOA/ACOS approved form
  • Program Director Statement for Resident Completion (for residents in last year of training only).

Surgical residents who are/were not ACOS members for the training year being reviewed are required to pay a $250 processing fee for each annual resident report.

The RESC will contact residents directly immediately following the review of the annual report. The program director and director of medical education will also receive a copy of all correspondence regarding the evaluation of the annual report.

Approval of ACGME Training

 To seek approval of non-osteopathic residency training, you must register with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and formally request consideration for training approval. Applicants for ACGME training approval register with the AOA, but are evaluated for training approval by the ACOS RESC. The first step in seeking AOA approval of non-osteopathic training is to contact the AOA Division of Postdoctoral Training, at (800) 621-1773, extension 8092, and request an application for registration and approval of ACGME residency training. The complete application must be submitted directly to the AOA. The AOA will process the application and submit it to the ACOS Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee for consideration of training approval.

The application must include a written program description, statistical information reflecting one calendar year of scope, volume, and variety; the program director’s curriculum vitae; and a letter documenting acceptance/participation in the program.

Additionally, you will be required to submit an annual resident report for each year of training that is under consideration for approval. The annual resident report consists of the following:
  • Scholarly Project;
  • Program Director’s Evaluative Report of the Resident (submitted on the proper AOA form);
  • Resident’s Evaluative Report for the Program Director; and,
  • Segregated Totals (submitted on the proper AOA form)

Department Segregated Totals

Directors of medical education must provide the AOCS Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee with annual segregated totals for each AOA-approved surgical residency training program by July 31 of each year. These forms will be sent by the ACOS to directors of medical education each January. Completed forms shall reflect one year of surgical procedures performed at the institution for each surgical specialty. The calendar/academic year is to be determined by the institution. Departmental segregated totals must be submitted with the annual resident reports