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AOA Approval of ACGME Internship and Residency Training

Thomas Duffy, MPH, and Bulmaro Martinez, MPH
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: January 7, 2011

Accepted: January 31, 2011

Published: April 1, 2011

J Osteopath Med; 111(4): 244-246

Since the 1970s, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has provided a means for osteopathic physicians to apply for approval of their postdoctoral training in programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Osteopathic physicians who trained in ACGME programs need this approval to meet AOA licensure and board certification requirements. The AOA approves ACGME residency training with several different approval processes. Approval of the first year of postdoctoral training occurs through Resolution 42, specialty approval (for specialties in which the first year of training is part of the residency), or federal or military training approval. For residency training, the AOA verifies successful completion of an ACGME training program before approving the training. The AOA is using customer surveys and online applications to improve the review process for applicants.

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