I think this is a pretty big step for osteopathic medicine..
If all goes well, this means in 2015, there will be one Match, and DOs can choose from any ACGME accredited residency program, without having to take the USMLE in addition to COMLEX.
Actually it doesn't dictate anything in regards to USMLE. Technically now we don't even have to take the USMLE for an MD program. Every program in the nation, basically, accepts the COMLEX and there's a conversion formula to convert the COMLEX score into USMLE. However, that's not the reality as many MD programs are still biased towards the COMLEX.
There does not seem to be any indication that this will inherently change anything. This change has to do with accreditation of residency programs and nothing to do with licensing examinations.
The hope is that with DO members on the ACGME board that eventually DOs will not be strong handed into taking the COMLEX. We will see how that plays out in time.
"COMLEX-USA is regarded by the majority of residency program directors of AOA and ACGME accredited residency programs as an important and useful assessment tool as part of the evaluation of DO residency applicants for their programs."