SUBJECT: PROPOSED UNIFIED GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION (GME)
ACCREDITATION SYSTEM UNDER THE ACCREDITATION
COUCIL FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION (ACGME)
SUBMITTED BY: PINELLAS COUNTY OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY
REFERRED TO: BOARD OF DIRECTOR

WHEREAS, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have been involved in discussions related to the possible formation of a unified accreditation system for graduate medical education; and

WHEREAS, the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society (PCOMS) has studied this issue through a committee appointed by the President of this organization: and

WHEREAS, it is not clear at this time if this unification will maintain and enhance opportunities in postdoctoral training for osteopathic graduates; and

WHEREAS, these areas of uncertainty include, but are not limited to: increased costs of instituting ACGME Standards which may close many programs, the requirement to accept all MDs into the traditionally osteopathic programs further reducing the number of DOs with access to GME positions, the loss of Osteopathic Certification, the lack of Osteopathic representation on future Resident Review Committees (RRCs); and

WHEREAS, there continues to be many significant questions and concerns about the initiative to define a process, format and timetable which, if adopted by the AOA, ACGME and AACOM will result in a unified ACGME accreditation system for programs in graduate medical education; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that any proposed unified Graduate Medical Education (GME) accreditation system will guarantee protection, preservation and survival of the unique distinctiveness of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic graduate medical education, osteopathic board certification, osteopathic divisional societies, the AOA, and the osteopathic profession.