OGME Corner

Susan L. Rall, M.Ed.

ACGME Update

On July 1, 2015, osteopathic training programs were eligible to apply for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approval. Upon receipt of an application by the ACGME, programs are awarded ACGME “pre-accreditation” status per the terms of the Single Accreditation System. The pre-accreditation status will remain in effect until: the program achieves initial accreditation; the program withdraws the application; or June 30, 2020. The American Osteopathic Association will cease to accredit graduate medical education training on June 30, 2020.

The deadline to apply for ACGME Accreditation and be eligible to participate in the 2017 Match for the general, urological, and neurological surgery programs was January 1, 2017. Programs that have not applied prior to the January 1, 2017 deadline will not be able to accept additional trainees to their programs. The following ACOS surgical programs have applied and/or have meet the requirements for ACGME Initial Accreditation:

General Surgery Programs
52 General Surgery Programs have applied for ACGME Accreditation
Not applying: 6 programs
Pre-accreditation Status: 21 programs
Continuing Pre-accreditation: 25 programs
Initial Accreditation:  6 programs
Congratulations to the following general surgery programs for receiving ACGME Initial Accreditation: Flushing, Geisinger, Metro, PCOM*, Henry Ford Allegiance, and Mercy St. Vincent

Neurological Surgery Programs
Eight (8) Neurological Surgery Programs have applied for ACGME Accreditation
Not Applying: 5 programs
Pre-accreditation Status: 6 programs
Continuing Pre-Accreditation: 2 programs

Urological Surgery Programs
Ten (10) Urological Surgery Programs have applied for ACGME Accreditation
Not applying: 1 program
Pre-accreditation Status: 0 programs
Continuing Pre-Accreditation: 4 programs
Initial Accreditation: 6 programs
Congratulations to the following programs for receiving ACGME Initial Accreditation: Albert Einstein, Sparrow, Charleston, Detroit Medical Center, Hahneman, and John H. Stroger


ACOS General Surgery In-Service Exam

On January 14, 2017, 634 general surgery osteopathic residents will sit for the General Surgery In-Service Exam at 52 locations across the United States. The purpose of the exam is to assist program directors in the evaluation of the resident’s level of knowledge relative to other residents’ knowledge at the same level of training, to identify a resident’s area of weakness, and track a resident’s progress.  There is no passing score for the exam, which is a diagnosis-oriented, criterion-referenced achievement test that measures the degree to which residents have mastered the General Surgery Residency Model curriculum.  The cumulative programmatic results of the test are also used by the Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee (RESC) as an indicator in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each residency program.  If you have any questions or require additional information regarding the exam contact Susan Rall at [email protected].