What is the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education?
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private professional organization responsible for the accreditation of nearly 7,800 allopathic residency education programs. Residency education is the period of clinical education in a medical specialty that follows graduation from medical school, and prepares physicians for the independent practice of allopathic medicine. The ACGME's volume of accredited programs makes it one of the largest private accrediting agencies in the country, if not the world.
How can I find an osteopathic internship or residency?
For more information about an osteopathic internship or residency, use the Opportunities database.
How can I find statistics/rankings to help me choose the best osteopathic medical college?
The AOA does not rank its colleges. All osteopathic medical colleges must comply with the standards and procedures found in the Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine manual. For more information, visit the Predoctoral Accreditation section.
Does the AOA have a mentor program?
Yes we do. The iLEARN Mentor Program is composed of three parts: the AOA Mentor Exchange Program; the AOA Mentor Hall of Fame; and the AOA Mentor Recognition Program. To learn more about these programs, visit www.osteopathic.org/iLearn
or email iLEARN@osteopathic.org
About the AOA
What does the AOA do to address timely public health care issues?
The AOA prides itself on helping to create and improve access to health care for all Americans. To this extent, the association has created women’s health, end-of-life care, and minority health care initiatives. Each of these initiatives seeks to promote health care, continuing medical education and public programs for these groups.
Research and Publications
I am doing research on a specific medical term. Where can I get information on this topic?
The best place for online research is PubMed, administered by the National Library of Medicine. To conduct online research related to osteopathic medicine, you should search OSTMED, the osteopathic literature database.
Where can I obtain a reprint of an article that appeared in the JAOA or The DO?
To obtain copies of past AOA publications, contact the AOA library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
How can I get a copy of the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) manual and requirements?
Copies of the accreditation requirements may be obtained by contacting info@HFAP.org. Additional information regarding the accreditation process is available on the HFAP website.