Single Accreditation 2016 Webinar Update

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    So for those of you who don't know, AACOM, the AOA, and the ACGME held a webinar for students on the Single Accreditation System, its progress, and basic info. A lot of it is old info for anyone keeping track, but may be new to people who haven't really been paying attention and some is actually new and important.

    Here are the pertinent links:
    General - http://www.aacom.org/news-and-events/single-gme/events/062916_saswebinar
    Webinar - http://www.brainshark.com/aacom/vu?pi=zH7zfqri7z5PL6z0&dm=5&nrs=1
    Powerpoint - http://www.aacom.org/docs/default-s...itation/062916_saswebinar_slides.pdf?sfvrsn=6
    Summary - http://www.aacom.org/news-and-event...inar-recap-top-9-things-students-need-to-know

    Basic summary:
    • Only GME accreditation is changing
    • The final AOA Match is expected to occur no later than 2019. Programs that attain accreditation can participate in either match up until that point as long as they are still AOA accredited. Basically it works like dual-accredited programs worked before the merger.
    • They've extended/updated the deadlines to apply for ACGME accreditation for programs that want to accept new classes of residents in the match. Basically they extended a lot of them by 6 mos. They've also adopted some policies focused on notifying programs and OPTIs if they are approaching deadlines, as well as adding a field in AOA opportunities to notify students of progress. They also added a deadline and requirement for a process to relocate residents if a program fails to attain accreditation by July 2019. Here is the document with more details: http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-a...g-standards/Documents/Basic-Doc-Section-X.pdf
    • We still have to take the COMLEX, the merger has nothing to do with licensing exams
    • AOA board certification will continue through the transition and beyond. Depending on your programs accreditation status and ABMS board eligibility requirements, you may also be eligible for the ABMS boards. Check the documents.
    • Some programs are applying for osteopathic focus, including 14 that were previously ACGME only programs.
    • Reminder to look into eligibility requirements. See here: http://www.acgme.org/What-We-Do/Acc...Accreditation-System/Eligibility-Requirements
    • Fourth years should gather as much info as they can, and they have a bunch of links.

    I would also like to point out that there was some speculation of programs applying for accreditation. As of July 1st, 2016, 204 residency programs had applied for ACGME accreditation. That's out of 776 programs, so that's ~26% in only the first year of the transition.

    At that time, 82% of Radiology programs, 67% of GenSurg programs, 86% of NeuroSurg programs, 63% of Ortho programs, 62% of ENT/Plastics programs, and 91% of Uro programs had applied. This signifies ~70% (91/131) of the programs that were previously required to apply by that date.

    Now since they have since extended that date by 6 mos, the remaining 30% of programs have 6 mos to apply in order to participate in the next AOA match, so hopefully we'll know by Jan whether those programs are going to be participating in the match.
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