The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine have agreed to pursue a unified accreditation system for graduate medical-education programs in the United States, the organizations announced on Wednesday. The process, which will begin in the coming months, seeks to streamline the accreditation system for graduate training programs at the nation’s medical schools, which grant M.D. degrees, and osteopathic medical colleges, which grant D.O. degrees. The two types of institutions already use similar curricula, and the move “would be seamless so that residents in or entering current AOA accredited residency programs will be eligible to complete residency and/or fellowship training in ACGME accredited residency and fellowship programs,” the groups said in their news release. They expect the new system to be in place by 2015.
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