Graduate Medical Education

The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) is responsible for ensuring that residents and osteopathic residency training programs are in compliance with the basic training standards set forth by the American Osteopathic Association. The ACOS also ensures that osteopathic surgical educators are informed of current trends and issues impacting the profession and that both residents and educators have access to networking and educational opportunities.

Other Graduate Education Resources:

American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
Phone: (312) 202-5000
Fax: (312) 202-5001

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
515 N. State Street, Ste 2000
Chicago, IL 60610

Association for Surgical Education
Department of Surgery
Southern Illinois University
P.O. Box 19655
Springfield, IL 62794-9655
Phone: (217) 785-3835
Fax: (217) 524.2431

American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (800) 621-1773
Fax: (312) 202-8200

Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators
5550 Friendship Blvd., Suite 300
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815-7201
Phone: (301) 968-2642
Fax: (301) 968-4195
E-mail: [email protected]

Association of Program Directors in Surgery
4900 B South 31st Street
Arlington, VA 22206-1656
Phone: (703) 820-7400
Fax: (703) 931-4520

Predoctoral Accreditation

The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the only accreditation agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education in the United States.

Accreditation signifies that a college of osteopathic medicine (COM) has met or exceeded the COCA standards for educational quality with respect to mission, goals, and objectives; governance, administration, and finance; facilities, equipment, and resources, faculty, student admissions, performance, and evaluation; preclinical and clinical curriculum; and research and scholarship activity.

For more information regarding predoctoral accreditation and a copy of the Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures go to