Nomination Period for Zervanos Award Open Now Through August 22
We invite residency directors, program faculty, residents, and AAFP constituent chapters to submit names for consideration for the 2015 Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award. Nominate someone today!
Volunteers Needed for CV Consultation
The AFMRD is seeking program directors to volunteer for 1-1 1/2 hours to review student CVs during the National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Students, Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9, 2014, in Kansas City, MO. To be a part of this important AFMRD service, simply complete the application by July 25.
PDW-RPS Call for Proposals
Don't forget to submit your proposals by email between now and Friday, August 1, 2014, for workshops, posters, and Innovation Showcase presentations you would like to share during the 2015 PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium. Visit the website for details.
RC-FM Updates FAQs
The Review Committee for Family Medicine has posted an updated version of the Family Medicine FAQs (effective July 1, 2014) on its web page.
Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Communities Commit to a Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME) programs in the United States.
After months of discussion, the allopathic and osteopathic medical communities have committed to work together to prepare future generations of physicians with the highest quality GME, ultimately helping to ensure the quality and safety of health care delivery.
“The commitment to a single accreditation system comes at a watershed moment for medical education in the U.S.,” said Thomas Nasca, MD, MACP, chief executive officer of the ACGME. “As we move forward into the Next Accreditation System, this uniform path of preparation for practice ensures that the evaluation of and accountability for the competency of all resident physicians – MDs and DOs – will be consistent across all programs.” Nasca added, “A single accreditation system provides the opportunity to introduce and consistently evaluate new physician competencies that are needed to meet patient needs and the health care delivery challenges facing the U.S. over the next decade.”
The single accreditation system will allow graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common Milestones and competencies. Currently, the ACGME and AOA maintain separate accreditation systems for allopathic and osteopathic educational programs.
“A single system standardizes the approach to GME accreditation, and ensures that all physicians have access to the primary and sub-specialty training necessary to serve patients,” said AOA President Norman E. Vinn, DO. “Importantly, the system recognizes the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to the health of all Americans.”
Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President of AACOM commented, “Healthcare and medical education in the U.S. today face many challenges. We feel that this approach to GME accreditation not only streamlines but strengthens the postdoctoral education process, and will produce physicians who are able to meet those health care challenges, enhancing the ability for all physicians to learn the unique characteristics of osteopathic medical practice.”
Under the single accreditation system:
AOA and AACOM will become ACGME member organizations and will nominate members to the ACGME Board of Directors.
Two new osteopathic Review Committees will be created to evaluate and set standards for the osteopathic aspects of GME programs seeking osteopathic recognition.
July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020, is an extended transition period for AOA-accredited programs to apply for and receive ACGME recognition and accreditation.
Opportunity is created for MD and DO graduates who have met the prerequisite competencies to access any GME program or transfer from one accredited program to another without being required to repeat education.
Efficiencies are realized since there is no need for institutions to sponsor “dually accredited” or “parallel accredited” allopathic and osteopathic medical residency programs.
For more information on the ACGME visit www.acgme.org, on the AOA visit www.osteopathic.org and on the AACOM visit www.aacom.org
See also: List of FAQs about the single accreditation system.
AFMRD has provided 10 family medicine residents with scholarships of up to $1,500 each to participate in the Family Medicine Congressional Conference April 7-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.