State of the AOA/ACGME Single Accreditation System: Emergency Medicine Residency Programs


The AOA/ACGME Single Accreditation System (SAS), also known as the merger, marches steadily toward the 2020 cutoff date for AOA accreditation. What is the status of emergency medicine residency programs?

The Merger: A Brief History
The drive toward a single accreditation system began in earnest when a group of osteopathic medical students wrote a resolution proposing an AOA-ACGME accreditation merge, with the goal of broadening educational opportunities, because residents in AOA programs were sometimes not eligible to apply to ACGME subspecialty fellowships, and vice versa. The resolution proposed a unified and standardized system of training residents. The plan was endorsed by the AOA and ACGME in 2014, with a deadline for all residency programs to become ACGME accredited by June 30, 2020.

The Merger: Accreditations Completed Under SAS
As of Sept. 30, 2017, there were 218 ACGME-accredited EM residency programs, and another 16 in ACGME pre-accredited phase.

ACOEP reported 62 AOA EM programs before the single accreditation system was initiated, and the most recent ACGME SAS Report lists 50 of those AOA EM programs have entered the ACGME accreditation process – and 34 have obtained ACGME accreditation through SAS.

Table 1. Newly ACGME-Accredited EM Residency Programs - Single Accreditation System (as of 10-27-17)

CAArrowhead Regional Medical
Center Program
[1100500216]Colton, CAThomas F. Minahan, DO(909) 580-1862
CADesert Regional Medical Center
[1100500217]Palm Springs, CAJoel Stillings, DO(760) 323-6830
FLMount Sinai Medical Center of
Florida, Inc Program
[1101100197]Miami Beach, FLMichael T. Dalley, DO(305) 535-7953
FLPalm Beach Consortium for
Graduate Medical Education Program
[1101100199]Port St. Lucie, FLThomas H. Matese, DO(772) 398-1990
MIBotsford Hospital Program[1102500206]Farmington Hills, MIDiane Paratore, DO, MBA, MEd(248) 471-8560
MIHenry Ford Allegiance Health
[1102500198]Jackson, MIMichael Yangouyian, DO(517) 817-7060
MIHenry Ford Macomb Hospital
[1102500207]Clinton Township, MIHeather Cronovich, DO(586) 263-2950
MIHenry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
[1102500205]Wyandotte, MISpencer Solomon, DO(248) 872-8608
MILakeland Health Program[1102500199]St. Joseph, MIMichelino Mancini, DO(269) 983-8300
MIMercy Health Program[1102500201]Muskegon, MIRyan P. Offman, DO(517) 819-1793
MIMcLaren Oakland Program[1102500203]Pontiac, MIMIchael Q. Doyle, DO(248) 338-5501
MIMcLaren Oakland (Macomb)
[1102500210]Mount Clemens, MIJulie M. Lata, DO(586) 493-8101
MISt. John Macomb-Oakland
Hospital Program
[1102500202]Warren, MIKatherine J. Pitus, DO(248) 967-7795
MISt. Mary Mercy Hospital
[1102500197]Livonia, MIKevin Boehm, DO(734) 655-2751
MSMerit Health Wesley Program[1102700074]Hattiesburg, MSSherry D. Turner, DO(601) 296-3912
NCCampbell University/Cape Fear
Valley Medical Center Program
[1103600215]Fayetteville, NCPaul E. Kleinschmidt, MD(910) 615-5079
University/Southeastern Regional Medical
Center Program
[1103600167]Lumberton, NCElizabeth Gignac, DO(910) 735-8783
NJInspira Medical Center
Woodbury Program
[1103300214]Vineland, NJCurt Cackovic, DO(856) 641-6023
NYArnot Ogden Medical Center Program[1103500209]Elmira, NY Frank J. Edwards, MD(585) 797-5174
NYGood Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Program
[1103500211]West Islip, NYDavid L. Levy, DO(631) 376-4163
NYNew York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational
Consortium (NYCOMEC) Program
[1103500212]Middletown, NYDulaya Santikul, DO(845) 333-1762
NYSt. Barnabas Hospital Program[1103500214]Bronx, NYMarianne Haughey, MD(718) 960-3912
OHAdena Regional Medical Center
[1103800203]Chillicothe, OHMichael J. Pallaci, DO(740) 779-7131
OHDoctors Hospital/OhioHealth
[1103800201]Columbus, OHWilliam R. Fraser, DO(614) 544-2780
OHMemorial Health System Program[1103800204]Marietta, OHLinette O. Archer, MD, BS, AS, RN(740) 568-5669
OHSt. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital Program[1103800206]Boardman, OHThomas D. Gifford, DO, MS(330) 729-7960
OKIntegris Health Program[1103900196]Oklahoma City, OKKristopher K. Hart, DO(405) 636-7195
OKOklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences (Tulsa) Program
[1103900194]Tulsa, OKAaron Q. Lane, DO(918) 760-4730
PAAllegheny Health Network Medical Education Consortium Program[1104100208]Erie, PAMatthew T. McCarthy, DO(814) 452-7698
PAAria Health Program[1104100205]Philadelphia, PAScott Plasner, DO(215) 612-5726
PAConemaugh Memorial Medical Center Program[1104100202]Johnstown, PA Matthew D. Perry, DO(814) 534-3745
PAUPMC Medical Education (Erie)
[1104100203]Erie, PAJustin P. Puller, MD(814) 877-2594
RIKent Hospital Program[1104300115]Warwick, RIChristopher P. Zabbo, DO(401) 737-7000
WVMountain State Osteopathic
Postdoctoral Training Institutions, Inc.
(MSOPTI) (Ohio Valley Medical Center) Program
[1105500130]Wheeling, WVJoseph M. Dougherty, DO304) 234-8177

The Merger: Programs Pre-Accredited Under SAS
As of Sept. 30, 2017, 16 programs had achieved Pre-Accreditation status, meaning their ACGME application was already under review. These programs were not yet accredited and are not guaranteed accreditation by the 2020 deadline, when the AOA will no longer accredit EM programs.

Table 2. ACME Pre-Accredited EM Residency Programs - Single Accreditation System (as of 10-27-17)

AZMidwestern University
Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute
[1100300204]Kingman, AZJohn Ashurst, DO, MSc(928) 757-0649
ILFranciscan St. James Health Program[1101600568]Downers Grove, ILPaul Allegretti, DO(312) 498-7789
MIGarden City Hospital Program[1102500211]Garden City, MIHao D. Nguyen, DO(248) 245-6129
MIMercy Memorial Hospital System Program[1102500208]Monroe, MIGregory W. Reinhold, DO(734) 240-5693
MIMetro Health University of
Michigan Health (Metro Health) Program
[1102500200]Wyoming, MIDavid D. Berg, DO(616) 252-7078
MIOakwood Southshore Hospital Program[1102500204]Trenton, MIDavid Malicke, DO(734) 671-3297
MOKansas City University of
Medicine & Biosciences-GME Consortium
(KCU-GME Consortium)/Freeman Program
[1102800203]Joplin, MOAlisha Wright, DO(417) 347-3377
NJRowan SOM/Kennedy
University/Our Lady of Lourdes Health
System Program
[1103300215]Stratford, NJAnthony DiPasquale, DO(856) 346-7985
NYConey Island Hospital Program[1103500210]Brooklyn, NYRegina E. Hammock, DO(718) 616-4572
NYNassau University Medical Center Program[1103500213]East Meadow, NYDean Olsen, DO(516) 296-2899
OHKettering Health Network Program[1103800205]Dayton, OHJeremy Traylor, DO(937) 723-4124
OHUniversity Hospitals
Osteopathic Consortium (UHOC) Program
[1103800207]Westlake, OHGennaro D. Romanello, DO(440) 827-5579
OKOklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences (Lawton) Program
[1103900197]Lawton, OKWilliam H. Bickell, MD(580) 585-5545
OKOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (Norman) Program[1103900195]Norman, OKPatrick M. Cody, DO, MPH, MM(405) 307-5340
PAMemorial Hospital Program[1104100207]York, PANicole E. Peters, DO(717) 849-5781
WVCharleston Area Medical Center
[1105500129]Charleston, WVJessica L. Sop, DO(304) 388-7170

There are 12 AOA EM programs that did not apply for ACGME accreditation through the SAS. Some were already dually accredited by ACGME and AOA, while others are still working on their applications – and some programs have opted to close.

Several of the programs working on their ACGME application are still AOA-accredited and are accepting applications through the AOA National Matching Services. For the 2017-2018 cycle, 33 AOA-accredited programs are participating in the AOA match.

What Does Pre-Accreditation Mean?
The 22 programs in “Pre-Accreditation” status share similar circumstances:

  • Still undergoing ACGME review (eg, site visit, etc.)
  • Not yet eligible to participate in the NRMP Match
  • Still eligible to participate in the AOA Match (provided they maintain AOA accreditation)

The pre-accredited programs are not guaranteed ACGME accreditation before the 2020 deadline. Therefore, osteopathic students in the 2017-2018 ERAS cycle are encouraged to ask about each program’s status in the ACGME accreditation pathway. Students applying in the 2017-2018 ERAS cycle who are starting a 3-year emergency medicine residency program in summer 2018 will graduate in summer 2021. If a resident’s ACGME Pre-Accredited program does not meet the 2020 accreditation deadline, the program will close, and the ACGME and AOA will work together on a case-by-case basis to make sure any displaced residents can graduate from residency.

ACGME List of Programs That Have Applied for Accreditation Under the Single Accreditation System by Specialty:
ACOEP Report on Programs:

Aadil Vora, OMS-IV

Aadil Vora, OMS-IV

Aadil Vora is the 2017-2018 Osteopathic Coordinator for the EMRA Medical Student Council. He is a fourth-year medical student at Nova Southeastern University's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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