Midwestern University is pleased to announce that the Midwestern University Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (MWU/OPTI) has been granted initial accreditation as a sponsoring institution by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME has entered into an agreement with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) to create a Single Accreditation System (SAS) for graduate medical education and training in the United States.

Graduate medical education (GME) in the United States is transitioning to a single accreditation system to simplify and strengthen postdoctoral training. GME programs in osteopathic and allopathic medicine currently exist as separate systems, each of which has its own unique strengths. The SAS has been developed to enable much greater collaboration between osteopathic and allopathic medicine while providing more residency training opportunities for graduating medical students. The SAS will eventually allow allopathically educated physicians to receive training in osteopathic principles.

“This is an exciting time in osteopathic graduate medical education,” says Thomas Boyle, D.O., FACEP, FACOEP, dean of postdoctoral education and executive director of MWU/OPTI. “ACGME has welcomed osteopathic physician-educators, training institutions and residency programs into its organization. I believe that the implementation of the SAS will improve GME for both allopathic and osteopathic residency programs. It also provides opportunities to introduce and educate a much larger group of patients, family, and physicians on osteopathic philosophy and principles than would have otherwise been possible.”

MWU/OPTI currently sponsors 14 osteopathic residency and fellowship programs in the Southwestern United States. Now that it has received ACGME initial accreditation, MWU/OPTI will continue to sponsor AOA-accredited internships, residencies, and fellowships as they make the transition to ACGME accreditation. In the future, MWU/OPTI also plans to develop new graduate medical education training programs that will be approved to accept Osteopathic (D.O.) and Allopathic (M.D.) medical school graduates into its sponsored programs.