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The Accreditation Navigation Course is provided by the AFMRD and the ACOFP. It is an intensive two-session program modeled after AFMRD's renowned National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPDD). The Accreditation Navigation Course, taught by a team of highly experienced faculty, provides in-depth material on all aspects of ACGME accreditation.

The $2,500 tuition covers both sessions, your PDW registration fee, and the many extras listed below. We are offering a $500 discount when two or more people from the same program attend together. (For example, a program director with a DIO or a program director with a program coordinator.) The first person will pay $2,500, any others will pay $2,000. Please contact Chris Pyle (913-906-6000 ext. 6724) for information on this discount.


Overall, as a participant in the Accreditation Navigation Course, you can expect:

  • Intensive training critical to attaining and maintaining ACGME accreditation, including topics such as institutional accreditation, finance, RC-FM program requirements, documentation, timelines, PIF preparation, and other strategies for success
  • Interactive, small group workshops
  • Practical tools and resources
  • Some enjoyable “downtime” with faculty and fellow participants, including an evening reception
  • Invaluable networking, building relationships with people you can turn to time and time again as you navigate toward ACGME accreditation

Those accepted into the Accreditation Navigation Course will enjoy a number of benefits beyond the two face-to-face sessions, including the following:

COMPANIONS Your Accreditation Navigation Course tuition includes access to the Accreditation Navigation Community, an online forum where course participants may share among themselves information, inspiration, frustrations, and celebrations related to the accreditation journey.

GEAR An online repository packed with ACGME-related resources, the Accreditation Navigation Toolbox will equip you with survival gear 24/7.

FREE PASSAGE Your Accreditation Navigation Course tuition includes paid registration ($545) for the AAFP Program Directors Workshop in Kansas City, March 2017. 


The Accreditation Navigation Course is led by an esteemed faculty with many years of experience directing ACGME accredited programs.

William Gillanders, MD, FAAFP, is a former program director and the founding director of two residency programs. He is also a consultant for the AAFP Residency Program Solutions.

Vickie Greenwood is the executive director of AFMRD. Ms. Greenwood was the residency administrator for the Cox Family Medicine Residency program in Springfield, Missouri, for 14 years.

James W. Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, is a member of the AFMRD Board of Directors and the program director for Eastern Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Center and Residency in Bangor, Maine – a dually accredited program.

Judith A. Pauwels, MD,  FAAFP, a former program director, is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington and a consultant for the AAFP Residency Program Solutions.

Jennifer Swoyer, DO, is the director of medical education and the osteopathic program director at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency in La Grange, Illinois.

Zachry L. Waterson, DO, FAAFP, is the family medicine residency director and director of osteopathic medical education at the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also an AAFP Residency Program Solutions consultant.


Here's what past participants have to say about Accreditation Navigation ...

“Accreditation Navigation is a high value and high yield program. Transitioning from AOA to ACGME accreditation is a big undertaking and this program gave me the knowledge, tools and connections I needed to feel confident that I could successfully lead my program through the process. The faculty members are approachable, knowledgeable, experienced and extremely generous in their support. I’ve been particularly impressed by how responsive they have been through the community list serve. After the in-person sessions, I had other questions come to mind. After I posted my questions on the community list serve, Accreditation Navigation faculty members responded within hours. I recommend this course to all PDs.”

Lora Cotton, DO
Program Director, Oklahoma State University
Tulsa, Oklahoma

"As a program coordinator the Accreditation Navigation course has been invaluable and the people you meet will become a tremendous resource."

Anne Hardie
Program Coordinator, United Memorial Medical Center
Batavia, New York

"Attending the Accreditation Navigation course was the best decision and use of funds we made as we began our journey from AOA to ACGME accreditation. The course was instrumental in the decisions we made as we mapped out our plan for the transition. I am positive we are much further along on our program changes to ready ourselves for ACGME than we would have been without this course."

Sharon Smith
Resident Administrator, Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Lawton, Oklahoma